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Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

CONCORD, North Carolina (October 11, 2011) – - After making an appearance on the road course of Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and the one-mile oval of Dover (Del.) International Speedway, NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) rookie driver Casey Roderick and his Randy Hill Racing (RHR) team will take another leap in their racing efforts by attempting to compete at an intermediate track for the running of Friday night’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Located in the backyard of Charlotte, North Carolina, CMS will be the first of two planned speedway races for the new formed RHR team owned by Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill. After a combination effort at WGI with Go Green Racing (GGR) and Jay Robinson Racing (JRR) at Dover, RHR is primed to shine in their own spotlight in their No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang.

“I’m super pumped about Friday night,” said Roderick, a winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. “Charlotte is an extremely fast track and carries a lot of excitement, but that’s something I love. The biggest thing is to get our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang handling good so we can have a strong starting spot and an even better finish.”

Knowing that he’ll have to make the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on-time as the team is not guaranteed a starting berth, Roderick isn’t afraid of the potential obstacle knowing that he’s in good hands when it comes to crew chief Jeff Spraker.

“Jeff is a guy that never sleeps,” Roderick explained. “If you’re looking for a true definition of a racer, Jeff fits that to a tee.  He wants to go to Charlotte this week and run well and there isn’t a question in my mind with his knowledge and the support of RoushYates Engines that we can get our goals accomplished on Friday night.”

When asked what those goals are for Friday, the Lawrenceville, Georgia replied by saying, “We want to finish the race of course. I would like to think we’ll have a good enough car to finish inside the top-15, but we’ll take a top-20 for sure. For me, it’s about earning the respect of my competitors while also continuing to learn about these race cars and putting Randy Hill Racing in the limelight as much as we can. This all would not be possible without him.”

For Hill, he’s amped for racing under the lights and seeing his new team in action.

“I’m blessed to be associated with a lot of great people and a talented driver,” said Hill, a native of Baird, Texas. “We’re excited about going to Charlotte for a lot of reasons. But, we’re also enthused, because we genuinely feel like we can go out there and spark some attention and give everyone a preview of what will be to come with Randy Hill Racing.”

For crew chief and Motorsports veteran Jeff Spraker, he is eager to see the success of Randy Hill Racing blossom on the track.

“We’ve been working hard on our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang,” offered Spraker, a former driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. “Casey is an incredibly talented driver and Randy is a successful businessman who has come into NASCAR with a plan and to make a name for himself. He’s given us the equipment and assets to do that. If we can stay out of trouble, we should be in good position to have a good night.”

Instead of sporting their normal purple paint scheme for Friday night’s anticipated rumble, the team has decked out their blue oval in pink to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“It was a joint decision between us all to change the paint scheme for this weekend,” said Hill. “This weekend is about remembering those who have lost their life to this horrible disease, those who are currently battling it and encouraging everyone to see their doctor and be tested to try and avoid becoming a victim of this type of cancer.”

From Charlotte, the Randy Hill Racing team plans to field an entry for Roderick at Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR’s home track and potentially the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November for the Ford 300.

The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage (200 laps / 300 miles) is the 31st of 34 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. The first practice session of the week begins on Thursday, October 13th with a one hour and twenty minute session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. A final fifty minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day set to launch at 3:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 7:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

PHOTO CAPTION: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Randy Hill Racing (RHR).

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Race for the Cup is heading to Dover!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/bruce_martin/09/27/surviving.monster.mile/?xid=

This weekend, the leading contenders for the Spring Cup Championship will compete in Dover, Delaware at the “Monster Mile.” Why is this track so named? As the article puts it:

“The next stop on NASCAR’s Chase is Dover — the only concrete one-mile oval on the championship trail and one of the most pivotal races in the Chase. The sometimes slick surface and the high banks that make this track a bigger version of Bristol Motor Speedway can make or break a driver’s hopes of winning the championship.”

And don’t forget to check out the Nationwide race, too, where Casey Roderick will be driving the Randy Hill Racing car.

Don’t miss any of the action this weekend!

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Jay Robinson Racing To Field Randy Hill Racing’s Casey Roderick At Dover

DOVER, Delaware (September 26, 2011) – - Officials from Randy Hill Racing (RHR) announced today that they have reached an agreement with longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team Jay Robinson Racing (JRR) to field the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T for rookie Casey Roderick in Saturday afternoon’s  OneMain Financial 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Texas-based Randy Hill Racing is currently in the early stages of building a credible NNS operation which attempted to make its debut earlier this month at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. After mounting respectable and competitive times in practice, the team missed the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 after Roderick tagged the wall in his No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang on his first lap of qualifications.

While the RHR team with the assistance of Mooresville, North Carolina-based Spraker Racing Enterprises is working on future races, Hill made a decision to put the Lawrenceville, Georgia native into the hands of JRR to allow his driver to gain additional seat time in the series, even if it means Roderick will make his “Monster Mile” debut on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s important while we are building our program, that if we are able to put Casey (Roderick) in a different car we will,” offered Hill, a Texan native. “We are grateful to everyone at Jay Robinson Racing for making this such a smooth process. We’re excited about welcoming Abilene Christian back into the Nationwide Series and I’m confident that with the help of JRR and Jeff (Spraker), Casey will easily meet everyone’s objectives this weekend.”

Abilene Christian University is located in Abilene, Texas, not far from Hill’s hometown of Baird. A national leader in higher education, ACU’s mission is to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

In an effort to bring awareness about the university, Hill, a 1990 graduate, has for the second time in as many months made ACU his team sponsor for the day. The university’s logo and ACU.edu Web address will cover the car’s hood.

“Once again, Randy has given us a tremendous gift,” says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “His creative generosity in donating this sponsorship to his alma mater will help spread the word about ACU to hundreds of thousands of television viewers.”

Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last month at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in a combination effort between RHR and Go Green Racing. Knowing that he’ll be locked into Saturday field gives the 19-year old an opportunity to shift his focus slightly.

“First, I want to thank Randy Hill and Jay Robinson Racing for the opportunity this weekend,” Roderick offered. “This wasn’t an event that we had planned to compete in and I hoping after the misfortune at Richmond, we’re able to have a respectable weekend at Dover.”

When asked what a respectable weekend consists of, Roderick replied by saying, “I want to see both the green flag and the checkered flag. Obviously, we cannot stop things out of our control from happening that could ultimately halt that goal, but if I stay smart and sharp behind the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T, we should have more than a fair opportunity of reaching that goal.

Dover is not an easy track. It’s concrete and the track is often known for its sometimes unforgiving characteristics and nickname. It will be important to work with everyone at JRR to get our car handling as good as we can, so we can have a smooth and hopefully clean race on Saturday.”

From Dover, the Randy Hill Racing team tentatively plans to field an entry for Roderick at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR’s home track debut.

The OneMain Financial 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the 29th of 34 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. The lone practice session of the weekend beings Friday, September 30, with a one-hour and 55 minute session planned from 12:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day set to launch at 12:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 3:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Additional input on Jay Robinson Racing is available by logging onto JayRobinson.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

About Abilene Christian University:

Abilene Christian University is located in Abilene, Texas, not far from Hill’s hometown of Baird. A national leader in higher education, ACU’s mission is to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Furthermore, ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

PHOTO CAPTION: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Jay Robinson Racing (JJR) and Randy Hill Racing (RHR).

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.comJay

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

This weekend the eyes of the NASCAR world will be on Atlanta:

http://www.ajc.com/sports/marketers-race-to-atlantas-1151923.html

As the article notes:

“NASCAR comes to Atlanta this week, bringing with it companies pitching everything from pizza to pharmaceuticals to a new mango-strawberry energy drink. More than 100 companies have marketing or sponsorship deals with Atlanta Motor Speedway in conjunction with Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 race, according to AMS vice president of sales Greg Walter.”

NASCAR is a marketer’s dream. It has fans and plenty of media exposure. There has never been a better time to get involved with NASCAR than right now!

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 15th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 14, 2011) – - Making a NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)  debut at a road course is not exactly the norm, but that is the challenge rookie driver Casey Roderick, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) and Go Green Racing (GGR) faced at Watkins Glen International for the Zippo 200.

The 19 year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia native had recently competed in the previous three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events with Randy Hill Racing and Spraker Racing Enterprises before entering Watkins Glen.

Roderick and his No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang team faced a battle during practice. While fighting a free racecar, Roderick had no testing experience in a Nationwide Series car and was forced to learn on the spot in the weekend’s only two hour practice session. Roderick turned twenty laps and posted his fastest lap, good enough for 22nd overall on his last lap in practice.

Qualifying in group five, Roderick picked up from his practice time by nearly three tenths of a second, and continued to show great improvement with limited track time. Roderick qualified 24th, the best qualifying effort for the No. 39 team in the past five races.

As the race began, Roderick quickly made timely moves and picked up two positions on lap one and found comfortable track position in 22nd to gain experience in the early stages. With lap times constantly improving, Roderick was looking for a way to crack the top 20 as he moved up to 21st in the No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford. Before the team’s first green flag stop on lap 19, the Georgia native reported that his No. 39 Ford Mustang was snug in most corners but began to free up as the run went along.

Roderick learned a valuable lesson coming into his pit box, as he slid through his sign, but chalked it up to experience. Quickly after the round of pit stops, the race’s first caution flew at lap 25, which left Roderick one lap down.

A long green flag run through the middle portion of the Zippo 200 gave Roderick the opportunity to gain spots back lost on pit road. By lap 60, Roderick had moved back to his starting position of 24th and found himself racing for the Lucky Dog position to get back on the lead lap. However, the cautions did not fall the ACU Racing team’s way, even with Roderick posting his fastest lap of the day on lap 74.

Just shy of the white flag, Roderick’s learned another rookie lesson after spinning in the inner loop with two laps to go, running 23rd forcing just the second yellow flag of the day. Recovering from the spin and surviving a green-white-checkered finish, Roderick finished his Nationwide Series debut 25th.

“I was just glad to make a lot of progress throughout the race and the weekend,” Roderick said. “After never running a Nationwide car at any time, I felt like we really made progress and we were the most competitive near the end of the race. At this point, that’s what I look for, is to keep getting better and better every time we get on the track. It was real fun to have Abilene Christian University on the car this weekend, and it’s neat to see a different type of organization be involved in NASCAR and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it with Randy Hill Racing.”

Team owner Randy Hill was more than pleased with the overall weekend with Roderick and Go Green Racing at Watkins Glen International.

“I’m so pleased to be with Casey and be a big part of his growing career,” Hill said.  “We came here to get more experience under our belt as a team, Casey as a driver and myself in an ownership type role. Watkins Glen is a great venue and everyone at Abilene Christian University have been a pleasure to work with to promote mobile learning and we enjoyed working with them every step of the way this weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of Casey and especially the Go Green Racing team for their effort this weekend.”

Randy Hill Racing will take a brief break from competition and begin preparing for a stretch of races this fall with Roderick at the helm.  The team’s official plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

NAME: Josh Weinrich, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 636.236.9687

EMAIL: josh@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 12th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 11, 2011) - – The Lone Star state will be well represented this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI). NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner Randy Hill will unveil a purple and white Ford Mustang with 19-year old Casey Roderick at the helm boasting the colors of Abilene Christian University (ACU).

“It’s such a blessing for me to be a part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” Hill said. “The opportunity to bring Abilene Christian University on-board for our debut seems only fitting. The university has done so much for me and others; I want everyone to know just how great of a place ACU really is and what they can offer to others.”

Hill is a strong supporter of education and helped initiate a program that provides iPads to schools. Hill began the initiative last December at Dallas Christian School by helping to donate iPads to teachers.  He later helped create a similar initiative at Abilene Christian School.  This week, he received national press attention for partnering with Abilene Christian University and Dallas Christian School to provide iPads 2 to students at Dallas Christian School.

“This is about giving back,” Hill said. “Sure, we’re going racing this weekend to have fun in our No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang. But off the track, it’s about what more Randy Hill Racing and its associates can do not only now but for the future when it comes to education.”

This is the first K-12 school in America to implement a universal iPad initiative. Hill followed up at ACS in January 2011.

The Zippo 200 at the Glen (82 laps / 200.9 miles) is the 23rd of 35 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. Practice beings Friday, August 12 with a two-hour session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day on Saturday, August 13th set to launch at 9:45 a.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR (Satellite) Radio (Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 1:00 p.m. also on ESPN.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

About Abilene Christian University:

ACU hoisted in Abilene, Texas just on the outskirts of Hill’s hometown of Baird, Texas. Their mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.  ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni change the world.

Furthermore, ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

PHOTO CAPTION: NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner and Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight / Josh Weinrich – Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797 / 636.236.9687

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com / josh@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 08th, 2011

Over 200 students to receive iPads at Dallas Christian

DCS ChargerTech initiative enters Phase II

iPads have already revolutionized the way we use computers.  Now they’re changing the way we teach and learn.

Every teacher at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite received an iPad in December as part of ChargerTech, a school-wide initiative to incorporate tablet computers into the classroom environment.  This week, DCS launches Phase II.

On Monday, August 8, at 7 p.m., every high school student at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite – more than 200 young people in all – will be given their own iPad2. Beginning on the first day of school, those students will weave use of the tablet device into their classroom, home-based and on-the-go learning experiences.

“This initiative will help our students prepare to live and work in a digital world,” says Dr. Colleen Netterville, president of Dallas Christian.  “We are diving into an area that will take our entire school fully into the 21st century.  The world is changing before our eyes, and we have to change with it.”

The initial distribution of 60 iPads to teachers was made possible by a gift from Texas entrepreneur and DCS alumnus Randy Hill (Class of ’86).  He has joined in helping DCS parents, friends, and alumni fund the purchase of the student units as well.

Hill believes Apple’s iPad and devices like it have 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 80’s, let alone giving it to them essentially in the way it was delivered in the 1880’s,” says Hill.  “I’m thrilled to be able to help DCS accomplish its goal of becoming a more innovative institution – a school that will get these students ready for the jobs they will want in the future, many of which don’t even exist right now.”

“From the very start, Randy has been the guiding force behind this initiative,” says Steve Bivins, vice president of Dallas Christian.  “We anticipate our entire campus will be utterly transformed by Randy’s gift.”

For the past eight months, teachers at DCS have been working with experts from Abilene Christian University, a recognized leader in the area of Mobile Learning, to prepare for complete integration of the iPad devices into the education process.

“Students at ACU are successfully using mobile learning as a part of their critical thinking and problem solving skill set,” says Dr. Billie McConnell, director of ACU’s K-12 Digital Learning Institute.  “It will be a true advantage for students in a high school setting to have this experience in and out of the classroom at such a pivotal age.”

Throughout the 2011-12 school year, DCS teachers and administrators will track how integration of iPads effects the classroom learning environment.  “It will be important for us to quantify our findings so we can build on the success of ChargerTech and, in so doing, better serve our students,” says Dr. Netterville.

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Today we continue our conversation about the power of iPads in the classroom. Since we began our project in December, more and more schools have caught on. Even the New York Times has noticed:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/education/05tablets.html

This article profiles some of the schools that are using iPads around the country. It notes:

“The iPads cost $750 apiece, and they are to be used in class and at home during the school year to replace textbooks, allow students to correspond with teachers and turn in papers and homework assignments, and preserve a record of student work in digital portfolios.’It allows us to extend the classroom beyond these four walls,’ said Larry Reiff, an English teacher at Roslyn who now posts all his course materials online.”

Exactly. The iPad means that the education process never stops. And that’s why we need more of them in our schools.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Since our announcement last month at Dallas Christian School and our announcement this week at Abilene Christian School, people have asked about how the iPad might work in the classroom. Take a look at this link:

http://teacher.ocps.net/groups/ipodsintheclassroom/

This website lists the various apps that are available and describes what all they can do. Want to help kids learn basic math? There is an app for it. Want help building lesson plans for elementary school social studies? There is an app for that, too. Want to teach languages? There is an app for that as well.

The iPad is literally a library of endless resources all right in front of the child on a computer screen. That’s why we’ve made this investment and that’s why we can’t wait to see the dividends in the future as our kids emerge better educated and better prepared for the workplace of tomorrow.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, January 24th, 2011

Abilene Christian Schools Launch Connect@ACS initiative
School to give iPads to 40 teachers and, by Fall 2011, to all high school students

It’s the start of a new era at Abilene Christian Schools. As part of the school’s Connect@ACS initiative, 40 Apple iPads will soon be in the hands of all staff on the ACS campus. In a ceremony this morning, the devices were distributed and faculty will begin collaborating and training with experts from Abilene Christian University to craft lesson plans that will incorporate use of the units in the classroom.

“This initiative will prepare our students for the intersection of learning while giving them tools to use that will equip them for the future,” says Craig Fisher, president of Abilene Christian Schools. “We are diving into an area that will take our students and our faculty – our entire school – fully into the 21st century, and we’re ready to make use of the most cutting-edge tools the market has to offer.”

The iPads are a gift from entrepreneur and long-time ACS supporter Randy Hill. Hill, who is also the father of an ACS student, 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. Hill previously funded a similar project, ChargerTech, at Dallas Christian School.

“We can’t keep teaching kids the way I was taught and the way many adults learned their reading, writing and arithmetic, let alone giving them that instruction in the way it was delivered a century ago,” says Hill, who has just been named by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the board of the state’s Emerging Technology Fund. “I’m thrilled to help ACS accomplish its goal of becoming a more innovative institution that can get these students ready for the jobs of the future – many of which don’t even exist right now. And I’m thrilled to do with Apple, which is a company that is always using new technology to solve old challenges.”

Plans call for all of Abilene Christian High School students to receive their own iPads in August 2011, at the start of the school year. iPad carts will be available across campus for use by students in PK-middle school as well.

Abilene Christian Schools’ partnership with ACU will give faculty access to the latest research and training in the ever-expanding world of mobile learning technology.

“We look forward to supporting the Connect@ACS 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.

“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 ACS,” says McConnell.

Hill’s company, APT Advanced Trailer, revolutionized the American peanut industry with its patented semi-trailer that procures (dries) and transports peanuts and various other agricultural products. In 2007 an Advanced Trailer was used to dry woodchips by researchers at the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center in Savannah, Ga. Since that time Advanced Trailer has provided funding and or equipment to a number of universities and companies for biomass and crop residue drying research. In 2009, Advanced Trailer announced that the University of Idaho had been selected as the recipient for funding related to biomass drying research. On Dec. 8, 2010, Hill received national headlines for funding the ChargerTech initiative at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite, Texas. The nation’s first K-12 school to implement use of Apple iPads in the classroom.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, January 24th, 2011

Last month we announced funding for an initiative to provide iPads for teachers at Dallas Christian School. Today, we’re announcing a similar initiative at Abilene Christian School.

We do so for two reasons. First, we believe in Christian education. We believe we need it and we believe it can make a difference in the life of a child.

Second, we believe technology is the key to unlocking the future. If teachers have iPads, teachers will teach better and children will learn more.

I’ll have more to say about this topic throughout the week. So stay tuned!

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Today we continue our series on New Year’s Resolutions. And one of my biggest resolutions in 2011 is to get more technology into the classroom.

As readers of this blog know, my family funded a grant to Dallas Christian Schools in December to help provide faculty and staff with iPads. That’s a great start. But it’s only one school. In 2011, we will be exploring the possibility of funding a similar grant at a different school. This will be our way of revolutionizing how our kids learn by revolutionizing the way we teach them.

Be looking for an announcement sometime in early 2011 about another grant of iPads for classrooms.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, December 24th, 2010

As we near Christmas, my thoughts turn to a simple manger 2000 years ago. How blessed we are that God loved us so much He gave us His only son to live among us and save us.

This Christmas, I pray that you and your family will experience the grace, joy and peace that can only come from God. That’s the true reason for the season.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Today we continue our series on the impact of technology in the classroom. Some people may wonder if computers make a difference. They do. But don’t take my word for it:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/19387.php

According to this scientific survey done a few years ago in Massachusetts, computers have a profound impact on the kids who use them. This is particularly true once they start taking standardized tests:

“Analyzing test performance and computer uses of 986 fourth grade students from 55 classrooms in nine Massachusetts school districts, the study found that the more regularly students use computers to write papers for school, the better they performed on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) English/Language Arts exam.”
Simply put, the more kids use computers the better off they are. And that will be even more true with the newest generation of computers: iPads.

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, December 09th, 2010

Yesterday I announced that I was providing funding so that Dallas Christian School can offer iPads to all its teachers. I did so because I believe in education. More important, I did so because I believe education needs to change.

From now on, teachers at Dallas Christian will have the world at their fingertips. If they need to research something, or find a lesson plan or get advice from other teachers, they can do it all on their iPads. This will make Dallas Christian the leader when it comes to using technology in education. I’m not aware of any other secondary school doing this…but I predict others will follow.

Tomorrow I’ll talk more about what the future of education will look like and what we need to do to get there.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, December 08th, 2010

Randy Hill Launches Initiative to Give iPads to Teachers at Dallas Christian

Charitable donation will allow 60 teachers and all high school students to receive iPads

DALLAS, TEXAS—Randy Hill, President and CEO of Advanced Trailer, today announced that he is providing money to help Dallas Christian School distribute iPads to each full-time teacher as part of its new ChargerTech initiative.  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.

“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,” Hill said in making the announcement. “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.”

Plans call for all of Dallas Christian’s high school students to receive their own iPads in August 2011, prior to the start of the school year.  iPad carts will be available across campus for use by students in the lower grades.

Dallas Christian’s partnership with Abilene Christian University will give DCS faculty access to the latest research in the ever-expanding world of mobile learning technology.

“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.

“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.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, December 08th, 2010

I know something about change.

About sixteen years ago, the peanut industry continued to harvest, transport and dry peanuts the way it had for over 40 years using little wagons pulled behind a pickup.

At Advanced Trailer, we saw an opportunity to do something different. We developed the Advanced Trailer. Essentially, we took a semi trailer, converted it into a mobile multi-use container and gave peanut farmers the ability to harvest, transport, dry and store their peanuts all in one vehicle. This revolutionized the industry.

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But isn’t that really the story of progress in America? Someone finds a better way of doing something? The train gave way to the car and the car gave way to the plane. The typewriter gave way to the computer. Fire heated water, produced steam and gave way to electricity.

Technology also leads to improvements. And now it’s time for technology to change education.

Later today, I’ll be making a big announcement about how I’m going to do my part to revolutionize education and bring the classroom into the 21st Century.  Check in tomorrow to find out more about it.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Any job competition leaves questions and even some hurt feelings. But at the end, one person gets the job and everyone else gets behind him.

As I said all along, ACU could not make a bad choice between Phil Schubert and Rick Lytle. Now that Phil has been selected, the entire ACU family needs to join together to help him succeed. He’ll need everyone’s help since ACU faces some important challenges in the coming years.

Let’s remember that this is “no ordinary university” and let’s help make Phil Schubert a great president. My friend Donny Vaughn has started a Facebook page where folks can salute Phil. I urge you to join. And I urge you to pray for Phil and for ACU.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, February 15th, 2010

Last week, ACU chose Phil Schubert to be its next president. And in this blog, we congratulated him and wished him well.

Over the weekend, a number of people have called or emailed me with comments on the selection.

So we thought we would open up the discussion and listen to you. What do you think of the choice?

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Author: RWHill
• Friday, February 12th, 2010

Later this morning, ACU will name Phil Schubert the school’s 11th president. Several sources have confirmed this for me.

I want to congratulate Phil for his selection and wish him nothing but the best. Phil is perhaps best known for several marketing successes during his time in the ACU administration, including a deal with Apple to give all incoming freshmen Iphones.

He will face some challenges as the new president, especially as ACU’s student body grows more religiously diverse and as ACU tries to maintain its Church of Christ heritage. But I believe that with’s Phil’s leadership the job will be done.

What do you think? Let me know. And look for a press release later today with more details.

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