Most of our students are inner city, mixed races and high poverty with approximately 75% or more on free and/or reduced lunch. All are in the senior high school grade ranges. Specifically, about half of my students this year are sophomores with the remaining half being divided pretty equally between the other three grade ranges. I currently teach one class of Biology and 5 sections of zoology. In the coming year (2018-19) the course composition is flip-flopping as I will have only one zoology course and 5 biology courses.
Both courses use microscopes and would benefit from my having a full classroom set of digital cameras to capture images digitally and be able to label and submit those images to me through our LMS (learning management system).
Equally important, especially for the freshmen, would be the ability for me to see what they are seeing in a way that we can easily all see it at the same time and talk about it while looking at it on their Chromebook screen.
Finally as a teacher I could also use an eyepiece to digitally project any microscopic items to share at the same time with the class.
Last year I purchased some of the Celestron HD cameras as a trial to move microscopy in to the digital realm and am happy to say they were a huge success. The students found there was less physical strain on the body and were more engaged in their microscopy lessons. Students will use the Celestron Digital HD cameras to replace the current eyepieces in their microscopes. Doing so will enable them to "see" what is on the microscope stage on their chromebooks.
Additionally they will be able to capture images of the object being viewed in the microscope and then digitally label them, import them into our LMS (learning management system) and submit them for grading.
This is a prefect example of STEM principles demonstrating the integration of technology in an old device to make it meet modern standards.
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