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Screen Engagement

I can have fun if I look at the screen

 

Learning

Learning at this step is built through fun.

This step shows how quick and simple it can be to get up and running with eye gaze. Learners are introduced to the idea that the movement of their eyes has a direct and immediate impact on what happens on the screen, "cause and effect".

 

Communication 

The communication partner responds to the caterpillar's movements on-screen. These movements are directly linked to where the learner is looking, so communication is started from the learner looking at the screen. 

 

Calibration

This step does not require any calibration from the learner! However, a simple one-point calibration could be useful if possible. How to do the calibration can be different for different pieces of software, check out the Support & Training pages for your gaze software for videos about calibration.  

 

Give it a Try

Activities in this section are free to try if you have a Tobii Dynavox eye gaze device (separate or integrated eye tracker). 

Practice 1: Colourful Caterpillar

 

Objectives

  • We are learning to look at the caterpillar on the screen
  • We are learning about colours and sounds 

 

Get Ready

To get up and running with this activity you will need: 

 

Let’s Go!

Following these steps makes it simpler to get going with the activity. 

  1. Connect your eye tracker/ start your device.
  2. Depending on eye gaze software:
    • Open Gaze Point, start it with the Play button and turn off Mouse Click. Hide the Mouse Cursor.
    • Or open Windows Control and select Sticky Move Cursor.
      • To select this option, start by going to Settings -> Taskbar -> Tasks -> Change and turn on Place Cursor.
      • Go to Taskbar -> Selection and turn on Tertiary Selection.
      • Exit Settings and gaze at the Taskbar to activate the Tertiary selection.
      • In the popup that shows, select the Sticky Move Cursor task.
    • Or open Classic Tobii Gaze Interaction Software (double-click the Windows Control icon).
      • Open Settings, select Mouse Emulation.
      • Exit Settings and select Mouse Cursor in the menu.
  3. Click here to play The Colorful Caterpillar.
  4. Turn up the volume!
  5. Encourage the learner to look at the screen to make the caterpillar move and make the music play.

 

Say

Use phrases such as these to promote communication!

  •  “I can hear sounds when you move your eyes across the screen!”
  •  “I can hear that the sounds stop when look away from the screen!”

 

Top Tips

Looking for extra help with the activity?

  • The sounds stop if the learner looks away from the screen.
  • Open the Eye Gaze Pathway on the learner's device and on another device to make reading the tips and instructions possible while the learner is attempting the activities.

 

Look for

The caterpillar moving around the screen indicates that screen engagement has been achieved.

 

Go Beyond Example

Here is another way to practice the skills connected with this step. 

Practice 2: Sensory Circles 

 

Objectives

  • We are learning to look at the circles on the screen 
  • We are learning about shapes and colours

 

Get Ready

To get up and running with this activity you will need: 

 

Let’s Go!

Following these steps makes it simpler to get going with the activity. 

  1. Connect your eye tracker/ start your device.
  2. Depending on eye gaze software:
    • Open Gaze Point, start it with the Play button and turn off Mouse Click. Hide the Mouse Cursor.
    • Or open Windows Control and select Sticky Move Cursor.
      • To select this option, start by going to Settings -> Taskbar -> Tasks -> Change and turn on Place Cursor.
      • Go to Taskbar -> Selection and turn on Tertiary Selection.
      • Exit Settings and gaze at the taskbar to activate the tertiary selection.
      • In the popup that shows, select the Sticky Move Cursor task.
    • Or open Classic Gaze Interaction Software.
      • In Settings, select Mouse Emulation.
      • Exit Settings and select Mouse Cursor.
  3. Open Eye-FX and select Sensory Circles.
  4. Turn up the volume!
  5. Encourage the learner to look at the screen to make the circles move.

 

Say

Use phrases such as these to promote communication!

  • “I can see that the circles move when you move your eyes around the screen!”  
  • “I can hear that the sounds stop when you look away!”

 

Top Tip

Looking for extra help with the activity?

  • Open the Eye Gaze Pathway on the learner's device and on another device to make reading the tips and instructions possible while the learner is attempting the activities.

 

Look For

Hearing sounds regularly is an indicator that the user is engaged with what happens on screen when they move their eyes. 

 

More Activities

The following software titles can be purchased from Tobii Dynavox and work well together with our eye trackers and gaze software. We recommend these activities for practicing Screen Engagement:

 

Other sources for activities: 

 

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