Teaching children with disabilities using eye-controlled computer.

Author: Patrik RYTTERSTRÖM,  Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden

Abstract. The technology of computer eye-tracking works, and actually works well but it remains unclear how people with disabilities actually use eye-tracking in a real day-to-day context. This study explores the meaning of teaching children with severe disabilities using eye-tracking. 14 teachers were interviewed about their reflections and experience of teaching and supporting the pupil with an eye-controlled computer. The essence, of teaching pupils how to use an eye control computer using eye controlling is both to understand what the pupil does with the computer, and also what the pupil wants to express through the computer. With the introduction of eye gaze technology, there is opportunities to express pupil´s wishes and emotions to some extent. The learning situation therefore involves more than learning the eye-control technique and acquiring knowledge of different subjects; it is also an existential situation.

Keywords. Eye Tracker Control System, children with disabilities, education

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