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The SmartMicroScope 5M is the best digital microscope for your classroom.

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Inspires Curiosity in Students

SmartMicroScopes are in over 10,000 US classrooms.


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Empowering educators worldwide, from schools and libraries to renowned institutes.

The future of education is here, and it fits right in the palm of your hand. Give your students the gift of engaging, interactive, and collaborative learning experiences with our SmartSchool Systems Microscope solutions. 

Magnify their Imagination!

Cambridge University Press reports that imagination is the key to unlocking learner confidence and giving your students their very best chance at future success..

Promote lively classroom discussions and endlessly fascinate your students by opening whole new worlds of high-level learning.

The SmartMicroScope 5M is superior to standard classroom microscopes in several ways:

  1. Unlock student imagination by simultaneously engaging your entire class with an immersive visual learning experience
  2. Get twice as much done in half the time with images that can be viewed by everyone at once instead of students taking turns individually
  3. Blow their minds in a collaborative learning environment for advanced science lessons
  4. Lead real-time discussions instead of relying on rote memorization and recall
  5. Examine things that would be impossible with traditional classroom tools

What makes this the best digital microscope for my classroom?

Cloud-based software 

No software to install when using the SmartMicroScope Online Viewer web app.  Simply open your browser on a chromebook, PC or Mac and log in.  It’s that simple.  Note:  PC and Mac software site licenses are included should you prefer installed software.

Investigations in the 5E model are included

There are 60 total SmartMicroScope 5M investigations aligned to the NGSS and many state science education standards.  20 in Elementary Science, 20 in Middle School Science and 20 in Biology.  These investigations are available in our Learning Portal.  Access is included with each SmartMicroScope 5M.

Display live magnified images for discussion and collaborative learning.

The SmartMicroScope 5M has a broad magnfication range which is great for the classroom.  This can make all the difference when looking at pond water organisms or plant and animal cells.  The SmartMicroScope 5M focuses in at 10x to 200x magnification.

Take pictures and record videos.

Take high resolution 5 megapixel still images (up to 2592 x 1944 pixels).  Record videos in HD resolution!

Annotate images and use for assessment.

The SmartMicroScope 5M digital microscope is especially useful in classrooms with traditional microscopes.  The ability to show students what they are looking for is very powerful.

Measure and record time-lapse videos. 

Easily measure specimen for comparison or to record change in size.  The installed software includes the ability to record time-lapse videos.

Works great with interactive whiteboards!

The high quality lens displays true to life undistorted color images.  The 6 LED lights are easily controlled with a dial on the SmartMicroScope to deliver an excellent image.

The SmartMicroScope 5M is the perfect chromebook digital microscope for your classroom.  This chromebook classroom STEM tool is plug and play.  Simply connect the SmartMicroScope 5M digital microscope to the chromebook and open the camera app that comes on your chromebook.  Most camera apps on a chromebook are limited in fuctionality so we created our own web app that boasts NO INSTALL REQUIRED.  This chromebook microscope app enables digital microscope users to take HD magnified images, record high resolution magnified videos, compare two images side by side (CSI classes love this forensic science image feature) and measure magnified specimens.  High School Biology, High School Environmental Science, High School Earth Science and CTE courses (Carreer and Technology Education) find the digital microscope to be a great fit and the SmartMicroScope 5M elementary digital microscope with advanced chromebook features has proven to be very successful.

Searching for chromebook classroom STEM tools?  The SmartMicroScope 5M offers advanced features, HD resolution for projecting the clear magnified live image.  It is the best middle school microscope.  Rather than have students go to a traditional microscope one eye at a time, students can view the live projected image all at once.  The classroom discussion does not focus on remembering what students’ saw or remembering what their neighbor drew if, like many, they didn’t see the specimen.  With the SmartMicroScope 5M, the classroom discussion is focused on the live magnified image that can be seen by everyone in the room.

Remember those days when we used to have a traditional microscope in our classrooms to view things one by one with one eye at a time? Those days are gone! It is time that we start focusing on improving our classroom technology and teaching efficiency. The use of better technology will save time and make learning more fun. It will help students to understand things better by allowing them to see things easier and more efficiently than with outdated technology. Let’s start with replacing traditional microscopes with the latest classroom digital microscope. Transforming the classroom technology will make a lot of difference. Students will be able to understand things better. They will start thinking out of the box. It will open a new door of imagination, instill confidence, and help them see things from a different perspective like never before.


10 – Gratnells Trays with Lids for Storage

100 – SmartMicroScope 5M digital microscopes

100 – Digital Microscope Stands

Up to 10 – SmartMicroScope Online Viewer 3-year site license (web app) – works with PC, Mac and chromebook

SmartMicroScope Viewer – PC software site license (installed) – PC only

SmartMicroScope Viewer – Mac software site license (installed) – Mac only

Access to the Online Learning Portal (20 SmartMicroScope Digital Microscope Investigations in Elementary Science, 20 SmartMicroScope Digital Microscope Investigations in Middle School Science, 20 SmartMicroScope Digital Microscope Investigations in Biology) – Aligned to over 15 states and the NGSS

SmartMicroScope 5M Specifications:

Magnification:  10x to 200x

Resolution up to:  2592 x 1944 for still images

Illumination:  6 LED built-in and adjustable

O/S:  Windows XP SP2, Vista, and Windows 7, 8 and 10, MAC OS X, Chrome OS

WebApp Minimum Browser:  Chrome 53 (Highly Recommended), Firefox 42

Gain Control:  Auto Gain Control (AGC)

Snapshot Mode:  Hardware/Software controllable

White Balance:  Automatic

Power Source:  5VDC through USB port

The SmartMicroScope 5M comes with a 5-year warranty.  

All SmartMicroScopes are warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 60 months from the date of purchase provided it has been used in accordance with any instructions, under normal conditions.

This warranty does not apply if the SmartMicroScope has been damaged by water, accident or misuse. In the event of a fault developing within the 60 month period, the SmartMicroScope must be returned to SmartSchool Systems for repair or replacement at no expense to the user other than shipping charges.


Windows Software requires the serial key that was included with your SmartMicroScope.  It is printed on the CD envelope.

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Mac Software requires the serial key that was included with your SmartMicroScope.  It is printed on the CD envelope.

Uninstall previous version before installing.

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Online – Cloud-Based App requires the serial key that was included with your SmartMicroScope if purchased after 2017.  It is printed on a card in the box.


Getting Started Video Series

Need professional development?  We’ve created a training video series to help get started with the SmartMicroScope 5M.  This series includes step-by-step instructions for installing PC and Mac software, activating the Online Viewer web-based microscope software, details for what’s in the box, how to take pictures and record videos and how to access our teaching materials for elementary science, middle school science and biology.  All investigations are in the 5E model and are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and many state science education science standards.