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Posted on August 9, 2023

Using the Look Lab workbook in schools

Recently we released Look Lab, a software package developed in consultation with SEN teachers and professionals. The software features 38 accessible games and activities designed to help people of all ages develop their eye gaze skills, inside and outside the classroom.

The Look Lab workbook is your classroom companion, allowing you to track the long-term development of eye gaze skills and record the process.

Try the workbook

If you are yet to explore the software, you can try Look Lab for free and download our getting started guide for help with the setup process.


Skills Checklist

Look Lab activities effectively nurture 12 different eye gaze skills, in five distinct categories. Many options are perfect for incorporating into lesson plans, such as puzzle games, relaxing mindfulness activities, and creativity tools such as musical instruments and colouring in activities.

an eye gaze user with a Grid Pad, developing eye gaze skills on the guitar activity

Each skill is outlined at the start of the workbook. The Skills Checklist provides an overview of which skills are targeted by specific games, with a page for each category. This means, at a glance, teachers can see which activities will help develop the desired skills for a particular pupil.


Worksheets

Inside the workbook, there are individual worksheets per activity, for evaluating how a student has got on.

Look Lab Memory Match worksheet.

  • At the top of the sheet, you’ll find a concise description of the game and the differences in easy mode, its category type, and the skills it enhances.
  • Next, there’s a section dedicated to the specific skills the activity targets and the corresponding in-game objectives for the student to work on. Simply tick off how the student performed in each area, ranging from ‘not observed’ to ‘developing’ and ‘achieved’. There’s also space to add comments to help unlock a pupil’s potential in the future.
  • On every sheet, there is also a section where you can mark and note your observations of the broader general objectives of Look Lab, engagement, independence, and overall success.

Quick Record Sheet

You can list which activities the eye gaze user has played and jot down observations on any activities and skills which were specifically focused on in that session.

Recording different students

The workbook is easy to use with different students in your classroom. You can print or electronically edit as many copies of the whole workbook or individual worksheets as you would like.

This means that each student has their own learning record, eliminating the need to manage student profiles in Look Lab. User-specific information can be added to the footer of each sheet, including details about their device.


an AT specialist setting up Look Lab on a Grid Pad, with an AAC user to start tracking this student's progress.

Analysis

Access the ‘heat map’ through the Analysis button while the activity is paused or completed. This shows which areas of the screen have been looked at, and for how long.

These can be used to evidence access to the whole screen and responses to the activity or verbal prompts. Heat maps are a valuable tool and objective measure to track progress, alongside visual observations and scores.


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