Illinois-based entomologist Alex Wild has come up with a clever idea to transform your iPhone or Android camera into a microscope.
All one has to do is simply place a drop of water on the phone’s lens and carefully turn the device over.
The suspended droplet serves as a kind of liquid lens, which makes objects appear magnified.
With this technique, the user can take macro shots of absolutely anything.
To achieve a higher magnification, use larger and rounder droplets and a stable platform or tripod for less blurry images.
Below are some images taken by Wild himself of insects, coins and even fingerprints.
Try it yourself! (Also do take note that liquids are generally not good for electronics so be careful when applying the droplets.)
Check out the images and the original article here.
Pop Goes the Classroom launched its workshop series with a presentation to 60+ out of school time professionals at the the Arizona Afterschool Conference yesterday. The workshop was well received.
One of the topics that came up early on in the presentation was the use of cell phones. Liz Kolb created Cell Phones in Learning, a wiki that explores cell phones as an educational tool in some depth.
Poll Everywhere (www.polleverywhere.com) provides free text polling to educators for classroom use.
Poetry and Song Writing
Another topic that arose was poetry and song writing using web 2.0 resources.
For those of you comfortable with incorporating music composition in your programs Sound Junction’s new Note Canvas Tool allows you to draw notes on the canvas, and then use a wide selection of different tools and functions to change and develop your music.
If you are wanting someone to facilitate programming for you then visit the Phoenix Conservatory of Music.
If there are other topics I promised to post that I’ve overlooked just drop me a line and I’ll get the up for you. Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop.