Digital Microscopes

Digital microscopes offer some distinct advantages over "analog" microscopes. Images can be projected for a class to see, the image of the stage can be captured, and even time lapse movies can be created. The Digital Blue QX3 and QX5 digital microscopes are affordable and easy to use in the classroom.

Science teachers can use the digital microscope in many of the same ways that might use an optical microscope. They can be used for students to conduct labs, to show the class a demonstration or to examine natural phenomena. While the microscopes are fairly easy to operate, the challenge is to design effective experiments and other activities to connect to the curriculum. To begin your exploration, I suggest you become familiar with the basic operations of the microscope (e.g. working with the different powers, the lighting, capturing images, etc.) and then explore the examples listed below.