Twist Flexible Digital Microscope

Twist Flexible Digital Microscope
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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.

Language Arts

  • 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.