Education Technology Nonprofit ReadWorks Launches Offline Mode to Grant Access to Students Without WiFi at Home

EdTech Nonprofit ReadWorks Launches Offline Mode to Grant Access to Students Without WiFi at Home

by Readability Matters • January 27, 2021

ReadWorks Helps Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis Our partner ReadWorks provides 1.2 million K-12 teachers and 17 million students with content, curricular supports, and digital tools designed to improve teacher instruction and student achievement in reading comprehension—all free of charge.  Today, they announced their commitment “to equity in access for all students, and […]


Interview with Dr. Alexandra Papoutsaki

An Interview with Dr. Alexandra Papoutsaki, Pomona College

by Readability Matters • January 22, 2021

A Discussion About Eye Tracking and the Potential to Advance Readability Research   Readability Matters recently Zoomed with Alexandra Papoutsaki, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Pomona College. We learned more about Alexandra’s research, her development of webcam-based eye tracking, and how it can advance readability research. Tell us more about […]


WebGazer: Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking Using User Interactions

WebGazer: Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking Using User Interactions

by Readability Matters • January 22, 2021

Can webcam eye tracking facilitate readability research?  At the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2016, Alexandra Papoutsaki, Patsorn Sangkloy, James Laskey, Nediyana Daskalova, Jeff Huang, and James Hays introduced “WebGazer: Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking Using User Interactions.” The paper detailed their research and development of WebGazer, a new approach to browser-based eye […]


Malcolm Gladwell, Spaghetti sauce and Readability

Malcolm Gladwell and Spaghetti Sauce… and Readability

by Readability Matters • January 4, 2021

What does Spaghetti Sauce have to do with Readability? On National Spaghetti Day (Jan 4), we remember best selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s TED talk, “Choice, Happiness, and Spaghetti Sauce.” Malcolm covers the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce—and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice. Gladwell explains that Howard Moskowitz “has […]