* The eyes have it!

Literally.  Eye gaze technology has the capacity to change the lives of kids (and adults) who cannot communicate effectively by speaking or using their hands.  I have been using a couple of low tech, see-through eye gaze charts with one such challenged youngster.  Low tech charts work but can be exhausting for kiddos who are spelling out individual words.  Enter TOBII, an incredible piece of technology which has already been a game-changer for my student.  Tobii is officially called Tobii Dynavox PCEye Go.  It makes the entire (PC) computer accessible.  When combined with software from HelpKidzLearn, you have a winning combination!Tobii 1

The image above is a MacBook Air running WIndows 10.  Just imagine how long it took to make THAT happen.  But it was well worth the effort.  The Tobii device is sitting just below the monitor and captures eye movements after a simple calibration. This Tobii is set to respond to a gaze of 100 milliseconds and it has an enlarged cursor set to move slowly.  Tobii can be adjusted in almost any way you can imagine.  It replaces a mouse and allows my student to use some of the best software around, including First Author by Don Johnston Inc. and Choose It Maker 3 by HelpKidzLearn.

I am SO excited about Tobii and its potential to change my student’s life!  It is totally awesome!

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