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Using an iPad as a Digital Microscope

5 Nov

We have a set of microscopes from the 1970s that are still in great shape but certainly don’t have the ability to capture images.  Digital microscopy is an excellent teaching tool for many reasons.

1.  The large screen allows for the student and the teacher to view the same image at the same time.  It is a lot easier to teach students about what they are looking at if you both can see the screen at the same time.

2.  Even with digital microscopy I still believe the task of drawing to be very important in the development of my students.  The digital images of the slides provides a great way for the teacher and student to compare their drawings directly to what they see under the microscope.  The iPad allows students to capture the small viewing area of a regular compound microscope and transfer it to the larger screen of the iPad.  Once the image has been captured to the iPad the student and the teacher can look at the image and at their drawing.  A really good conversation about what the student is actually seeing can then take place much easier now that we can point to specific items from the slide and their drawings.

While the images are far from perfect they are much better then most teacher expect.  There are better digital microscope options out there but if you already have an iPad or an iPhone why not incorporate this into your microscopy lessons.

See the examples of the lab below.