App Description: Objective is a vivid collection of digital microscope slides. Users can view a variety of slides such as onion root tips undergoing mitosis, human blood smears, and a mammal eye. What makes this app a gem is the ability to scan the entire slide and zoom in and out giving users an experience like using a microscope, but much easier. Since the images are high resolution, the details are clear even at 1000x magnification. This app was created by Objective Pathology Services for medical students and pathologists to view slides away from the lab, so there is a learning curve with the medical jargon, yet once this is deciphered, there is tremendous potential for use with the general public. The ease of use makes it appealing for kids, and the image clarity draws great interest from adults.
How We Use It: Since this app was created by and for pathologists, the bulk of the samples are diseases. Our educators mostly use the blood disease slides such as chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) or malaria. We also offer visitors a key to blood cells and a real microscope for visitors to use with a healthy blood smear. We then challenge visitors to look for similarities and differences between the two. What follows is a great discussion of looking for clues and making predictions as well as personal experiences around the topics of disease.