Educational Technology Integration and Personalization


Eric W. Underhill, MAT – Instructional Technology Coordinator

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 5 main components.

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  • Collaborative Learning
  • Interaction and Feedback
  • Access to real-world experts and knowledge
  • Personalized Learning Pathways and Approaches



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:

  • 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 integration
  • 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.

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While personalized learning is not new, technology is helping us to make greater strides toward this goal, and 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.

These are the skills needed for success in college and careers in the 21st Century and APS is proud to offer students these high-quality learning experiences to prepare our students for their lives beyond high school.

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STEM Integration Learning Labprovided through a partnership with the Verizon Education Foundation

Carlin Springs is proud to announce their partnership with the Verizion Education Foundation for a new Elementary School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative.  The Carlin Springs STEM Learning Lab will provide students, teachers and instructional specialists with an innovative learning space that will focus on the K-5 Science Curriculum. Our new lab will feature:  udl

  • 5 Digitally Enhanced Learning Centers
  • Interactive and Personalized Learning Environment for Students
  • An Collaborative Educational Learning Space
  • Hands on and Experience Based Lessons
  • Digital Access to Field Experts


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APS Digital Citizenship Initiative

Students at Carlin Springs will participate in age appropriate digital citizenship lessons adapted from Common Sense Media and the APS Department of Instruction & Information Services.  Student modules are broken down by grade level and provide a structured learning experience for students as they learn about digital literacy, safety and online citizenship.  The modules provide students with real world examples about these focus areas and how they can be responsible participants in our world’s digital community.



Going Places Safely Online Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:How do I go places safely on the computer?

APS Enduring Understanding:There are a lot of exciting things to do online, but it is important to follow certain rules to remain safe.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Discover that the Internet can be used to visit far-away places and learn new things.
  • Compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world.
  • Explain rules for traveling safely on the Internet.
1st Grade

Staying Safe Online Lesson Plan

How do you stay safe when you visit websites?

APS Enduring Understanding:It is important to stay safe online by choosing websites that are good for you to visit and avoiding sites that are not appropriate.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • understand that being safe when visiting websites is similar to staying safe in real life.
  • learn to recognize websites that are good for me to visit.
  • recognize that I should ask an adult I trust before visiting a particular website.
2nd Grade

Keep it Private Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:What kinds of information should I keep to myself when I use the Internet?

APS Enduring Understanding:Certain kinds of information is private and should not be shared online.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • recognize the kind of information that is private.
  • understand that I should never give out private information on the Internet.
  • understand that people online are not always who they say they are.

Follow the Digital Trail Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:What is a digital footprint?

APS Enduring Understanding:Information put online leaves a digital footprint or trail.  The digital trail can be big or small, depending on how it is managed.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Learn that information I put online leaves a digital footprint or trail
  • Explore what information is appropriate to put online
  • Judge the nature of different types of digital footprints by following the information trails of two fictional animals.
3rd Grade

You’ve Won a Prize Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:What are marketing messages online and what can you do about them?

APS Enduring Understanding:It is important to protect personal information online to avoid marketing efforts and to surf the Internet safely.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Recognize that marketers use different strategies such as spam to try to elicit personal information on the Internet
  • Explore strategies for managing unwanted messages
  • Understand the need to protect personal information on the Internet, from both a marketing and a safety perspective
  • Recognize that online acquaintance may not be who they say they are

What’s Cyber Bullying? Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:What is cyberbullying and how do you deal with it?

APS Enduring Understanding:Bullying can happen in person or online, but both kinds of bullying are hurtful.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Empathize with the targets of cyberbullying
  • Recognize some of the key similarities and differences between in-person bullying and cyberbullying
  • Identify strategies for dealing responsibly with cyberbullying
4th Grade

The Key to Keywords Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:Which keywords will give you the best search results?

APS Enduring Understanding:Certain search strategies will increase the accuracy of keyword searches

.Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Experiment with different keyword searches and compare the results.
  • Refine searches by using multiple words, synonyms, and alternative words and phrases.
  • Draw inferences to explain search results.

How to Cite a Site Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:How do I cite different types of online sources?

APS Enduring Understanding:It is important to cite sources when doing research to give proper credit to the author.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Explain the value of giving proper citations.
  • Name the components of an MLA style citation for different types of websites.
  • Create MLA style citations for online articles and professional sites.
5th Grade

Rings of Responsibility Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:What kinds of responsibilities does a good digital citizen have?

APS Enduring Understanding:Information put online leaves a digital footprint or trail.  The digital trail can be big or small, depending on how it is managed.

Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Reflect upon my offline responsibilities.
  • Examine my online responsibilities
  • Understand that good digital citizens are responsible and respectful in the digital world and beyond

Super Digital Citizen Lesson Plan

APS Central Question:What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?

APS Enduring Understanding: To be a good digital citizen, one must be responsible and respectful in online and offline communities and learn to solve digital dilemmas in a responsible way.

APS Learning Objectives:I will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast responsibilities to online and offline communities
  • reflect on the characteristics that make someone an upstanding citizen
  • devise resolutions to digital dilemmas