Partnership with Dallas Christian brings iPads to K-12 studentsPosted December 13, 2010
Since the introduction of the university's Mobile-Learning Initiative in 2008, ACU has been recognized as a leader in education innovation. Now ACU is partnering with Dallas Christian Schools to bring a new era of learning to K-12 students.
As part of the Dallas Christian's ChargerTech initiative, Apple iPads have been given to all 60 full-time teachers of DCS. The teachers will be working with mobile-learning experts from ACU to develop new ways to integrate the technology into their curriculum. Dallas Christian High School students will have their own iPads by the start of school in August 2011, and iPad carts will be available across campus for use by students in the lower grades.
"We look forward to supporting the ChargerTech initiative," says Dr. Billie McConnell, director of ACU's K-12 Digital Learning Institute. "Schools need to be developing their students' critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Making use of the latest digital tools is one of the most important ways they can accomplish their mission."
The iPads are a gift from Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill, an alumnus of both ACU and DCS. Hill believes Apple's tablet will revolutionize how educators 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."
Dallas Christian's partnership with ACU will give DCS faculty access to the latest research in the ever-expanding world of mobile learning technology.
"At ACU, our students and faculty are immersed in the day-in-day-out process of adapting this technology to the classroom, and we're succeeding. We look forward to sharing our experience with Dallas Christian," says McConnell.
To learn more about the ways this partnership is revolutionizing K-12 education, watch this video.