Digital Classroom Helps Improves Student Engagement

See the possibilities of a digitalized classroom in action

Functions of Digital Classroom

The ZEISS Digital Classroom is managed by the app 'Labscope', serving as a central interface for managing the course and interacting with the students.

Labscope lets you display all the live images from all the connected microscopes at any time and from anywhere in the room and observe how your students are doing in real-time. Project images from any microscope onto the wall or a TV screen and discuss what students are seeing with the whole class. As you move freely around the room, 'lecture & listen' becomes 'show & see'. Labscope works on traditional Windows PCs and tablets, iPads, and iPhones with the same consistent look and feel.

The Labscope Teacher module within Labscope lets you set up, organize, and manage your digital classroom. Define your classroom structure and workgroups of students, assign tasks, raise attention by freezing individual screens, alter and correct image settings on students microscopes remotely, and use your personal cloud to share results in real-time.

Please watch the three highlighted functions of Labscope are shown in action: the Pointer and the Drawing function, as well as the Teacher module.

Pointer Function

The pointer function of ZEISS Labscope allows the teacher or a student to point the class towards interesting details or tiny structures of their shared microscopy image. A red mark will appear anytime you highlight structural details with a tip of your finger.

Drawing Function

Guided by Pestalozzi's learning principle to include 'head', 'heart' and 'hands', the drawing of biological or medical samples enhances your students capacity for abstraction and imagination. The drawing function of ZEISS Labscope enables the students to draw their microscopy images and easily share and save their results.

Teacher Module

Expand your Labscope installation with the optional Teacher module to set up and manage your digital classroom. You can now define workgroups of students, assign tasks, and foster teamwork.


  • Move freely in the classroom while at the same time see through all of the eyepieces thorugh digital classroom
  • Directly access each student's live microscope image via an iPad or Windows PC
  • Talk to students and share their live stream with others.
  • Select any student's image and show it with a projector or TV screen to the class
  • Snap images and record videos
  • Alter and correct image settings remotely
  • Define working groups and send group-specific tasks
  • Choose between two standard infrastructures (LAN or HDMI), or combine them for best performance.
  • Saves Time - Live and instantaneous feed of image and activities
  • Discuss working methods/details with individual students while the rest can observe it
  • Share results via email, social, or your automatically set up private cloud space
  • Run a state-of-art digital lab at your campus
Digital Classroom

Recommended Products for Digital Classroom

ZEISS Primo Star HDcam

With an integrated HD streaming camera, Primo Star has a Fixed-Köhler version with the Plan-ACHROMAT 100x/0.8 dry objective. For illumination, choose the 30W halogen unit or the energy-saving LED system. You can upgrade ZEISS Primo Star by adding a fluorescence tube to transform it into an LED fluorescence microscope. Primo Star also has an optional battery supply unit to keep the show going in the event of a power failure.

ZEISS Stemi 305

This is a compact stereomicroscope with 5:1 zoom and LED illumination for reflected and transmitted light. Samples can be observed easily–in three dimensions and in crisp contrast–with no preparation required. ZEISS Stemi 305 cam comes with a 1.2 Megapixel color Wi-Fi camera that can also connect several microscopes for image sharing. Stemi 305 is easily installed and set up, with no additional boxes or cables.

Both Primo Star HDcam and Stemi 305 cam integrate seamlessly into the digital classroom, as they are both Wi-Fi-compatible and can share digital microscope images to a wide audience in real time.

ZEISS Labscope

With Labscope, the imaging app for iPad or iPhone from ZEISS, you can display the live images of all connected student microscopes and share them with your digital classroom. You can assess the live image of each single student at any time. It's easy to snap images. Using an iPad you can add annotations, and save or export images straight to your server. With Labscope, you can save your images and all meta data in the ZEN compatible .czi file format. Or you save Jpegs to save disk space. Download the free imaging app Labscope from Apple’s App Store.

What do teachers say about digital classrooms from ZEISS?

Three teachers share their insights into why and how they use Digital Classrooms from ZEISS.

University of Exeter, England

Dr. Mark Ramsdale, the director of education at the Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK, tells about his experiences with the digital classroom and ZEISS microscopes. Teaching and learning get much more fun with connected microscopes, helping students getting better results. That’s what the university wants.

School for Medical Laboratory Technicians, Germany

Christiane Maschek, head of school for Medical Laboratory Technicians in Hannover, Germany, shares her experiences with the digital classroom and ZEISS microscopes. The MTLA training program focuses on the study of bodily fluids and tissue samples to detect pathogens in the fields of histology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and hematology. A microscope is one of the most important tools. By connecting them with one another to a digital classroom, you can view live images from all of the microscopes and detect and discuss pathogens and structures together.

Hainberg Gymnasium Goettingen, Germany

Paul Muehlenhoff, biology teacher at the Hainberg-Gymnasium, Goettingen, Germany, uses the digital classroom to engage his biology students by showing images with a projector at the front, at the same time he can constantly see what his students are seeing on their microscopes. This way he can better support them and create a fun, and motivating learning atmosphere.

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