Personalized Learning


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Personalized Learning at Carlin Springs

Eric W. Underhill, Instructional Technology Coordinator

Arlington Public Schools (APS) continues to cultivate engaging environments that create relevant and personalized learning experiences for all learners, regardless of background, language or disability. These personalized learning environments provide for educational experiences that are specifically tailored to the needs of each individual student.


APS is dedicated to providing high quality, engaging learning experiences that develop the whole child. It is committed to challenging all students, preparing them to be college and career ready, and becoming responsible and productive global citizens. Our vision for the personalized learning initiative is that every teacher  transforms teaching and learning that results in personalized learning and academic growth for all students.APS has laid the foundation for ensuring that students have equal access to information, opportunities and tools needed for learning by providing students and teachers with varied resources and tools. Students are able to leverage resources to take greater ownership of their learning, and engage in activities that require them to solve problems, collaborate with others, and generate new ideas. APS is committed to ensuring instruction, curriculum and outcomes are connected to our students’ unique talents, skills and interests and using technology to provide flexibility and choice for our learners.

What is Personalized Learning?

The notion of personalized learning is not new yet without the benefit of technology, it has been impossible to bring to scale. Classrooms that embrace personalized learning are student-centered. The teacher’s role is one of facilitator as opposed to the gatekeeper or transmitter of knowledge. Teachers spend time guiding students in analyzing, applying, and synthesizing information instead of memorizing and reciting factual information. As a result, students are challenged to think critically and use higher order thinking skills. Engagement and motivation is increased as students are allowed more opportunities to take control of their learning: they are offered more voice and choice in how they consume content and how they demonstrate their learning.Personalized learning is further defined by Rickabaugh (2016):Learners are active participants in setting goals, planning learning paths, tracking progress, and determining how learning will be demonstrated. At any given time, learning objectives, content,methods, and pacing are likely to vary from learner to learner as they pursue proficiency aligned to established standards. A fully personalized environment moves beyond both differentiation and individualization.

Benefits of Personalized Learning

With personalized learning we see many wonderful benefits.

  • Classrooms are student-centered and the teacher’s role is as facilitator to guide learning rather than just being gatekeeper or a single source of knowledge.
  • Through personalized learning, students are challenged to think critically and use higher order level skills.
  • Students are more engaged in learning when they are given more opportunities to take control of their learning.
  • Teachers are able to offer immediate feedback so that students can make adjustments to their thinking and improve on their work.
  • With collaboration tools, students and teachers are able to communicate easily both inside and outside of school.
  • Students are exploring more creative ways to solve problems, express their ideas, generate new learning and develop skills to work as part of a team in the classroom and virtually.

What is technology integration?Technology integration occurs when students use technology to enhance, support and inform their learning within the educational environment.  The Carlin Springs model of technology integration incorporates 4 main components.

  • Active Engagement
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Interaction and Feedback
  • Access to real-world experts and knowledge

How does instructional technology support the students at Carlin Springs?

The instructional technology mission of Carlin Springs is to create, provide and support a personalized learning environment where students will develop their knowledge, skills and abilities to be active participants of their community and life long learners.Our instructional focus supports the APS goal of educating the whole child by providing:pl kids

  • differentiated instruction that supports learning
  • relevant and engaging learning experiences that inspire students
  • authentic learning opportunities that promote discovery
  • access to content rich resources to broaden horizons

Instructional Coaching

The goal of the instructional technology coach is to ensure that every student receives excellent instruction in all educational settings every day.The focus of the technology coach is to support student learning by:

  • engaging students in digitally based learning opportunities
  • creating innovative learning spaces that promote student thought and creativity
  • design and support digitally enhanced learning centers
  • facilitate opportunities for students to engage in real world exploration of content
  • supporting ongoing professional development of faculty and staff in educational technology integrationScreen Shot 2016-11-15 at 17.17.43
  • lead the Educational Technology Committee in researching current digital learning initiatives
  • coordinate and maintain the partnership with the Verizon Education Foundation for STEM based learning.

The coaching model incorporates evidence-based teaching practices and evidence-based integration strategies that demonstrate a positive impact on student learning and achievement.   Our coaching model incorporates principles from: SAMR, T-Pack, Adaptive Schools, Conscious Discipline and Cognitive Coaching.


Carlin Springs’ Personalized Learning Research and Resources for Parents, Students and Staff

Rickabaugh – Power of Personalized Learning- Chapter1

Brookings- Technology and Personalized Learning




Our School’s Focus and Growth Model

Growth Model for Technology

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