Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design logo

Science and math specific tools

Return to main UCD Tools page

Tool Primary Use/ Advantages Example of use by instructors/ students
Elmo

Elmo

(click image for info)
Elmo allows you to connect directly to video / data projectors for real-time big screen and monitor viewing of:

print documents
3D objects
hands-on demonstrations
photos
slides
negative and positive films
X-rays
Elmo is becoming more common in distance education because it allows faculty to show hands-on work in real-time, magnified images.

Elmo is a great tool to conduct demonstrations, to take notes and to edit documents in class because it ensures that students in the back of the room have full visual access.
Science Probes
(e.g. ProScope and Pasco)

Science Probes

(see example column for specific examples/websites)
Science Probes are USB hand held digital microscopes designed for both PC and Macintosh platforms. With a high-quality CCD and universal lens mount, science probes can become a powerful asset to any classroom or lab.
Instructors might use the Proscope in lab classes or to highlight microscopic items for their students. Since the Proscope can easily be hooked up with a computer, instructors can use it to zoom in on small items. It is also good for making sure the student sees what you want them to see, by viewing it on your computer rather than through the tiny lens. Students might use the proscope in the lab or in the classroom to get a clearer view of different objects.

Proscope-- www.theproscope.com
Pasco-- www.pasco.com
Digital Microscope
(e.g. QX5 Computer Microscope)

Digital Blue QX3 Plus microscope

(click image for info)
Digital microscope and PC, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Software lets you view, edit, animate and even measure samples, then create slideshows and videos. The QX5 microscope has the mobility to come out of its base for the viewing of larger or possibly live samples in their natural habitats.
Instructors might use the digital microscope in lab classes or to highlight microscopic items for their students. Since it can easily be hooked up with a computer, instructors can use it to zoom in on small items. It is also good for making sure the student sees what you want them to see, by viewing it on your computer rather than through the tiny lens.

Students might use the digital microscope in the lab or in the classroom to get a clearer view of different objects and/or to manipulate them.
MathPad

MathPad
MathPad is a general purpose graphing scientific calculator for the Macs. It uses a text window rather than simulating buttons on a hand held calculator. This live scratchpad interface allows you to see and edit your entire calculation. Formulas can be entered directly and different values can be plugged in for easy "what if" calculating.
Instructors have used Math Pad in class too demonstrate graphic equations.

Students work with the software individually and in groups to solve mathematical equations.

 

< PREVIOUS
NEXT >
Back to Top

 





Admin Login