How to Build an iPad-Enabled Wireless Microscope Camera

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Using a microscope in science class is a classic. But with schools tightening their belts when it comes to budgets, a pricey item like a microscope might be in short supply. So the question becomes: how do you give an entire class the microscope experience when there might be only a handful (or even just one!) to go around? IPEVO has a couple of affordable items for science educators faced with this challenge. It starts with the Point 2 View USB Document Camera and Microscope Adapter Set. For around $90, you can attach a camera directly to a wide range of microscopes — including straight and angled eyepieces — and capture real-time video of what a viewer looking through the eyepiece would see.

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What you do with that video is up to you. You can send it to a computer for projection, but if your school has iPads and all the learning potential that comes with them, we suggest one final item: the WS-01 Wireless Station for iPad. What the Wireless Station can do is send the Point 2 View’s video to not just one but multiple iPads. And — you guessed it — it does this wirelessly. So, if you as the teacher are demonstrating with a microscope at the front of the class, with this setup you can wirelessly stream the microscope video in real time to iPads throughout the class. Students will benefit from an up-close, crystal-clear image as you give your lesson.

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And just when you thought we couldn’t pack any more innovation into this setup, it gets better. With the free IPEVO Whiteboard app for iPad, students as well as the teacher can make notes and draw on the microscope image, and can then save these “whiteboards” for later.

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This entire setup costs only about $160. How’s that for innovation on a budget?! Compare that to some iPad microscope setups out there costing around $600. And when you figure that the Point 2 View can do a whole lot more than capture a microscope image (check out our Top 50 Ways to use Document Cameras for just a taste), and the choice is pretty easy for budget-conscious educators. Science teachers: how would you use the WS-01 and Point 2 View setup? Let us know!

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