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 curriculum standards.
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
discipline in districts all across America.
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 online modules.
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
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
However, no content filter is
capable of preventing all access
to all online content that is not
inappropriate. The most
important filter is parental
Home Internet Use
● Set and enforce rules for Internet use.
● Keep the laptop in a common room and not in a bedroom with the door closed
● 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 periodically.
● Check your child’s Internet history. To check the history:
○ Safari: History>Show History
○ Chrome: History>Show Full History
■ If your child’s history is empty, ask WHY!
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 individual
computers will be private.
Device To Be Issued
11 inch MacBook Air Laptop
Google Docs = Microsoft Word/iLife Pages
Google Sheets = Microsoft Excel/iLife Numbers
Google Slides = Microsoft PowerPoint/iLife Keynote
w/removable plug &
Name Badge for
Taking Care of the
● Do not leave anything on the keyboard when closing the
● 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
● Do not drop the case on the floor, use it as a backpack or
backrest on the bus, or put heavy books on it.
● 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
● The laptop must be returned in similar condition- no stickers,
scratches, writing, engravement or defacement.
● 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
● Be patient. Sometimes computers take a few seconds to
think, so do not start pounding the keys if your computer
does not respond right away.
● 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 day.
● Do not spray cleaners or liquids directly onto the computer.
● 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.
● Do not get moisture into any openings, and do not use
aerosol sprays or abrasives.
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 device.
● 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 in use.
● 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 school day, and then charge again when
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- http://limestonedpi.
● Tuesday, September 2, 2014
● 1:00 - 2:00
● Elkmont High School
When Do We Get The Laptop?