The Digital Passport Initiative is a 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. We are dedicated to using the device for instructional purposes to advance student learning. A 1:1 initiative has proven to increase test scores and student attendance and decrease student discipline in districts all across America.
The rollout for the Limestone County 1:1 Initiative is different than most other districts. We believe we should begin at the elementary level and foster these digital natives early rather than the widely used method of a top-down approach. We began placing devices in students hands in grades 3 and 4 in August 2014. We have currently deployed over 5000 devices in grades 3-10.
To facilitate this initiative, administrators participated in a year long book study. Marc Prensky's book Teaching Digital Natives, Partnering for Real Learning addresses the changing world and the future of education. Students, teachers and technology are the focus of each chapter with real world examples on how to reach students in this digital world using digital tools.