Mission of the Alabama
State Board of Education
To provide a state system of
education which is committed to
academic excellence and which
provides education of the highest
quality to all Alabama students,
preparing them for the 21st century.
Limestone County School is focused on
providing resources for our K-12 students
and staff to become immersed in a Digital
Conversion. The purpose of the Digital
Passport Initiative is to employ technology in
ways that improve teaching and learning
through increased student engagement while
teaching the Alabama state-approved
Purpose of the
Digital Passport Initiative
What is DPI?
The Digital Passport Initiative is a one-to-one (1:1)
(student to laptop) initiative of the Limestone County
School District. Under the supervision of Dr. Tom Sisk,
Limestone County is dedicated to providing a device per
student which will serve as their “Passport” to 21st
Century Learning. This initiative is not a device initiative;
it is a curriculum initiative which will allow students to
use the device for instructional purposes to advance
learning. a 1:1 initiative has proven to increase test
scores and student attendance and decrease student
Today’s learners have grown up in a digital world. Many
have cell phones, computers, multi-dimensional video
entertainment, iPods, the Internet, and they have never
seen a TV without a remote control. Our children are
hyper communicators, goal planners, multi-taskers,
experts at figuring out and using technology. They are
active learners and we must reach them on their level!
Digital Citizenship &
All students are required to complete a Digital
Citizenship curriculum before they are able to take
their laptops home. This curriculum consists of five
M4: Searching Online
M5: Creative Credit
School Internet Use
Limestone County Schools provides server-based internet
filtering software which is pre-loaded on the student
devices. It is designed to function at any time a student
accesses the Internet-both in and out of school.
When clicking on an Internet browser, students are
required to login to the Internet using their username and
password. This helps prevent unauthorized users from
accessing the Internet on the student’s device.
However, no content filter is
capable of preventing all
access to all online content
that is not school-related
and/or inappropriate. The
most important filter is
Home Internet Use
● Set and enforce rules for Internet use.
● Keep the laptop in a common room and not in a bedroom with the
● Set a time limit for the Internet, instant messaging, social
networking sites, online gaming, etc.
● Keep a record of all login names and passwords.
● Know your students email address and check their email
● Check your child’s Internet history. To check the history:
o Safari: History>Show History
o Chrome: History>Show Full History
No right of privacy exists in the use of
technological resources. Students should not
assume that files or communications
accessed, downloaded, created or transmitted
using school district technological resources
or stored on services or hard drives of
Device To Be Issued
11 inch MacBook Air Laptop
Google Docs = Microsoft Word/iLife Pages
Google Sheets = Microsoft Excel/iLife
Google Slides = Microsoft PowerPoint/iLife
w/removable plug &
Name Badge for
Taking Care of the
● Do not leave anything on the keyboard when
closing the device.
● Keep only your device in your school assigned
case when it is not being used. Students must use
the case provided and cannot use any other
personal case to transport the laptop during
● Do not drop the case on the floor, use it as a
● Keep the device away from dampness or wet
weather, such as rain, snow or fog
● Keep the device away from extreme heat or cold.
Leaving it in an unventilated car or in the sun could
damage it. The device works best from 50 degrees
to 95 degrees.
● Close the lid gently from the center before moving
the laptop. Remember, hard drives do not like to be
bounced around, and screens will break if enough
pressure is applied to them.
● The laptop must be returned in similar condition-
no stickers, scratches, writing, engravement or
● Please do not eat or drink while using the laptop.
Using the MacBook Air
● Set up the device on a flat/stable work surface.
● When attaching the charger to the device, make
sure the cord is not stretched too tight; it should be
a little loose.
● Do not insert things, especially metal, into any
openings of the device.
● Be patient. Sometimes computers take a few
seconds to think, so do not start pounding the keys
● The device does not have a replaceable battery.
● Back up your data and other important files
regularly. Limestone County will perform
maintenance on the laptops by reimaging. All files
not backed up to server storage or another storage
device may be deleted during the process.
Your Daily Homework
● Plug in the device at home and charge your battery
daily so it will be fully charged during the school
● Do not spray cleaners or liquids directly onto the
● Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Abrasive cloths,
towels, paper towels, and similar items may cause
damage to the item.
● Disconnect your Apple product from any external
power sources and disconnect any external
devices and other cabling from the device before
Cleaning Your MacBook Air
Which Is My Laptop?!
● Each laptop is labeled with a district asset tag. Do
not remove this label.
● Be wary of theft, it is very easy to walk away with a
● Keep in constant contact with your computer.
● Do not leave your device unattended.
● Whenever possible, lock up your device.
● Do not loan out the device, charger, or cords.
● Initial Charge- Overnight
● Bring to school fully charged each day
● Leave your charger in your laptop case at all times when not
● The laptop has a battery life up to 9 hours and a 30-day
standby mode, from a full charge.
● Device has a lithium-based battery and it is important to
deep the electronics in it moving occasionally. Apple does
not recommend leaving it plugged in all the time. The
students should charge the device at night, use it during the
Battery Tips For Your
● Document Receipt
● DPI Brochure
● Responsible Use Policy
● Usage Fee
● Damage, Repair and Replacement Agreement
● Apple Notebooks Points of Emphasis
● Websites for Parents on the Digital World
● Free WiFi Access locations in Athens
● Frequently Asked Questions
● Online Resources: Elkmont High School Website-
● Tuesday, September 2, 2014
● 1:00 - 2:00
● Elkmont High School
When Do We Get The Laptop?
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