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ERIC Number: EJ1033704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Small Wonders Close Encounters
Kniseley, MacGregor; Capraro, Karen
Science and Children, v51 n1 p54-58 Sep 2013
This article introduces students to the world of digital microscopy. Looking at small objects through a digital microscope is like traveling through a foreign country for the first time. The experience is new, engaging, and exciting. A handheld digital microscope is an essential tool in a 21st century teacher's toolkit and the perfect tool to engage elementary students across the grade levels in the 21st century curriculum. This article, which provides elementary teachers a starting point for using handheld digital microscopes, describes how a second-grade teacher introduces students to microscopes as scientific tools. Students observe, capture, and interpret still, video, and time-lapse images of structures of mealworms with handheld digital microscopes. By using digital microscopes, students view firsthand evidence of small wonders in science, solve problems, ignite creative thinking, and create digital artwork.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A