Technology has infused classrooms with useful digital learning tools and has ushered in a new model of connected teaching. Teachers are now linked to professional content, resources, and systems designed to improve instruction and increase personalized learning.

But are all these tech tools making a teacher’s job easier. or more difficult and time-consuming? Teachers are now expected to have data analysis skills at a much deeper level than required in the past.

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In today’s digital world, they are expected to manage a great deal of technology–at least three different platforms to input their own data, student attendance, grades, and lesson plans. They are required to help their students access multitudes of apps and websites for various learning and support. They are also expected to view and use data they or others gather to inform instruction. They are expected to create individualized lesson plans for each child’s learning needs.

About the Author:

Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed.D., is CEO of Lexplore, Inc. Lexplore uses eye tracking and artificial intelligence (AI) to determine a student’s reading level. This evidence-based technology is based on an extensive 30-year research project carried out at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Contact Dr. Caffrey at