- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Education has chosen 15 schools across the state to share $3 million in grant money to try out new technology.

Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna announced the grants on Monday.

The $3 million in state funding is intended to help the schools try out new technology that they think will help improve academic achievement and be financially efficient.

Ninety-nine schools applied for the grants. Among the schools selected are Bickel Elementary in Twin Falls and Cascade Jr. Sr. High School in Cascade.

Administrators at Bickel Elementary will use the money to provide every student with a mobile computing pad. Leaders at Cascade Jr. Sr. High hope to use Chromebooks to individualize online learning programs for different kinds of computer devices already owned by students.

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