didacta Hannover
Teaching & learning aids, consumables

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For most people, as long as the first and last letters of a word are in the right place, it doesn't usually matter what order the rest are in. However, that is not always the case for people with reading difficulties. Thankfully, a new hardware and software solution on show at didacta 2018 is offering a better insight into the problems they face.

03 Jan. 2018
Tobii-Technology GAZE-VIEWER

Tobii Dynavox Gaze Viewer from Frankfurt-based Tobii Technology GmbH is a tool that sheds light on the specific physical capabilities and cognitive understanding of learners. The software component is the Gaze Viewer, which is combined with Tobii Dynavox eye tracking to record accurate vision data, regardless of which application the user is viewing, whether the Internet, ebooks, pictures, games, movies or anything else. The system records how the user's eyes move over text and where they stop or focus and depicts the data in graphical form as "heat maps" and "gaze plots".

Developed by the world's leading hardware and software supplier for eye tracking and touch devices, the system helps users establish whether school pupils can actually focus on a text and individual words and follow the flow of a text. Knowing what readers have actually seen and in what order they have viewed and focused on specific elements supports a better understanding of any reading difficulties they may have. The system is being showcased at didacta 2018 in Hannover as a tool for speech and language therapists, neurologists, teachers, parents, occupational therapists and anyone else who wants to better understand someone's capabilities. It is suitable for a whole range of uses, including in particular analyzing concentration, evaluating reading and writing skills, investigating comprehension and processing mechanisms and conducting memory tests. What’s more, Tobii Dynavox Gaze Viewer can help create stress-free test environments for children. In short, the system is more than worth a look!