DALLAS, Dec. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It's the start of a new era at Dallas Christian School. As part of the school's ChargerTech initiative, 60 Apple iPads are now in the hands of every full-time teacher on the DCS campus. Faculty will spend the Christmas holidays familiarizing themselves with the device, after which they will begin collaborating with experts from Abilene Christian University, a recognized leader in the area of Mobile Learning.
"This initiative will help our students get a leg-up on being ready to live and work in a digital world," says Colleen Netterville, president of Dallas Christian. "We are diving into an area that will take our students and our faculty – our entire school – fully into the 21 st century, and we're ready to make use of the most cutting-edge tools the market has to offer.
"The world is changing before our eyes," she adds. "We have to change with it."The iPads are a gift from Texas entrepreneur and DCS alumnus Randy Hill (Class of '86). Hill is the founder and President of Advanced Trailer a company that developed and patented the specialty semi-trailers that are used to harvest and transport over ½ of the U.S. peanut crop each year. Hill believes Apple's tablet device has the potential to revolutionize how teachers teach as well as how their students access their course work, notes and raw data from the Internet. "We can't keep giving our kids the kind of instruction I received in the '80s, let alone giving it to them essentially in the way it was delivered in the 1880s," says Hill. "I'm thrilled to be able to help DCS accomplish its goal of becoming a more innovative institution that can get these students ready for the jobs they will want in the future – many of which don't even exist right now. We need to get more technology into the classrooms of our schools, and the hands of our students. We must improve the way we educate students at not only Dallas Christian but in all schools across America."