I know so many of you out there are always looking for extra resources for science classes, so when Learning Resources contacted me to see if I was interested doing a review for Twist, I absolutely jumped at the chance!
Twist is an adjustable microscope that hooks up to your computer via your USB drive, and has a color camera for still pictures and video! So cool! You can even set the camera so that it takes pictures/video automatically at set intervals – even cooler! There is a light that allows for better images as well – even in the darkest of classrooms. Hook this baby up to your computer, and project the learning right onto your interactive whiteboard for maximum student engagement. It is PC and Mac-compatible.
It comes with a disc to be able to run two separate programs. The first captures the picture, while the second allows you to manipulate the picture to take measurements, such as diameter, angle measurements, circumference, and more! With Pi Day (3-14) coming up, this could prove to be rather handy! Annotations (such as the date or other pertinent information can be added).
The neck on the unit itself is bendable so you can really get the image in there the way you need to, and there is an adjustable wheel on the side of the camera which allows you manually adjust the magnification to be able to zoom in or out. Love it!
Who can use this great product? ANY teacher from K-12 would benefit from the Twist! Here’s just a couple of ideas off the top of my head:
K-2: Grab some leaves from outside for the students to draw what they see through observation. Use descriptive words to accompany the drawings in their science journals, such as green, smooth, or jagged. You could even take this a step further and include more details about all the 5 senses.
3-5: Grow a sunflower in your classroom. Keep everything near the window in full sunlight and take pictures at a predetermined time of the day each day and watch the time lapse later!
6-8: Using a chocolate chip cookie, use the scientific method to show how you would know how many chips were inside the cookie. Utilize the measurement tool to try to estimate based on the size of the cookie, area, and the dimensions of some of the chips. Have the students use toothpicks to “mine” out the chips and quantify the data. Oh – and don’t forget to eat your findings at the conclusion – lol!
9-12: This might be a stretch as I have never taught HS, BUT I do know some schools still do frog, owl pellet, and cow eye dissections (didn’t say I agree or disagree before the hate mail starts rolling in). You could certainly use the Twist to be able to demonstrate one dissection and record it, as opposed to a whole class set and reuse in times of limited funds.
OK – the very BEST part about the Twist Flexible Digital Microscope from Learning Resources? They are also giving one away for a super lucky reader here at The Organized Classroom Blog! Whoo hooo!
Please fill out the form below to get entered and good luck to everyone from Learning Resources and The Organized Classroom Blog!
Winner: Debbie S. – notified via email