Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Scope on a Rope L2 Microscope

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Scope on a Rope L2 Microscope

Article excerpt

When you're looking for classroom resources to get students excited about science while they simultaneously accomplish curricular objectives, you hope to find something that you can use for many different topics, at many grade levels and with great flexibility. I have never found anything that fits all of these needs as well or as economically as Scalar Corp.'s Scope on a Rope L2 microscope, distributed in the United States by School Technology Resources.

The device is actually many tools in one: it's a multiple-lens microscope that fits in the palm of your hand and instantly magnifies (from 1X-400X) whatever you want to look at--a flower, rock, mealworm larva, sediment or soil sample, or even the inside of a student's ear--while its internal lighting and automatic focus make it incredibly easy to use.

The Scope on a Rope L2 plugs directly into your classroom television or digital projector. This allows you to circumvent one of the biggest problems of traditional microscope viewing: making sure that the students are looking at what you want them to be looking at. Because when you take an image from the L2 and turn it into a presentation for the whole class to see, everyone is looking at the same thing. It also ensures that students are seeing the features you want them to notice. In addition, the device turns into a presentation tool with the 1X lens, allowing you to put documents, photos or tabletop work on a television or digital projector for class viewing.

The L2 comes with accessories such as a stage and external lighting source, which make it a snap to look at and display slides. …

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