Twist Flexible Digital Microscope
3 - 18 years. Unique, easy-to-use digital microscope captures high-quality images (10 to 200x magnification) and bends to allow teachers and students to view even hard-to-see objects! Built-in camera and microphone enable students to record and describe their investigations and inquires, then download them to a PC. Use with your interactive whiteboard, projector or PC to encourage class demonstration or individual exploration. Charges and downloads via computer USB port.
- Connects easily to a PC (compatible with interactive whiteboards)
- Does not require purchase of batteries
- Provides high-quality images that captivate students
- Positions easily to view even hard-to-see objects
- Investigate items previously impossible to look at through traditional digital microscopes
- Encourages discovery -- students can explore an object with both hands
- Illuminate dark settings or objects
- Allow students to record and describe their investigations and inquiries
- Is ideal for assessment and boosts students' 21st century skills
- Download to your computer or upload to your class website, virtual learning network or assessment files
- Designed for ease of use by primary and secondary students, and busy teachers
- Transports easily from one side of the classroom to another
- Plug in an adaptive device to assist students with special needs
- Includes measurement software so students can make measurements and add dimensions to captured images
- USB direct plug for connecting and charging
- Resolution: true 1.3M pixels
- 1.2M pixel CMOS sensor
- 10x to 200x magnification (approximate -- maximum depends on screen)
- 15 fps frame rate
- Bendable gooseneck (15 3/4" L)
- 6 LED lights
- Built in camera and microphone
- Controls include LED light, on / off button and snapshot button (on base)
- Compact size, yet steady focusing
- Sen switch jack
- Windows XP or Vista compatible
Examples of Uses for Twist™ Flexible Digital Microscope
- Document student learning for formative assessment. Use the built-in microphone to record student thinking. Share files with specialists, other educators, or parents.
- Conduct a quiz / test -- ask students to identify a specimen or parts of a specimen.
- Make student-created multimedia presentations.
- Improve cooperation and social skills as students work together in groups.
Early Childhood and Special Needs
- Observe and explore objects from our natural world, including our own bodies, such as skin or hair.
- Use the built-in microphone as students describe and compare an object's attributes by using basic adjectives, color and size words, etc.
- Draw a picture to recreate an image or color in parts of a printed image to highlight parts of a specimen.
- Use motor skills and explore cause and effect by correctly positioning and focusing Twist™. Its steady base provides stability.
- Utilize the SEN switch jack to plug in an adaptive device for students with severe motor difficulties.
- Label and write descriptions of specimen in captured photos. Use correct grammar, mechanics, and science vocabulary.
- Write, narrate and record a multimedia presentation that includes captured microscopic images / video with sound.
- Create and give an oral presentation that utilizes captured microscopic images / video with sound.
- Use included measurement software to estimate, take, compare and record measurements of specimen.
- Identify attributes, describe, compare, order and sort / classify specimen.
- Find microscopic evidence of symmetry in nature.
- Collect and record data on specimen.
- use the built-in microphone to narrate and record mathematical thinking about specimen.
Science and Social Studies
- Demonstrate, narrate and record scientific thinking, including understanding of "big idea" concepts.
- Model an investigation for the whole class. Observe in high magnification and record descriptions.
- Capture and narrate video as live specimen move.
- Illustrate and narrate / explain the steps in a common process.
- Design and perform an inquiry. Students use the built-in microphone as they ask and answer questions.
- Identify, describe, compare and classify objects or specimen by characteristics viewed in high or low magnification.
- View down inside concave objects bu using the flexible gooseneck.
- Collect and record data on specimen.
- Use or demonstrate measurement tools.