Ideal for whole-class teaching with a data projector or interactive whiteboard in any subject, it will help pupils to focus on particular areas of a web page, flip-chart, document or picture.
In French lessons, I use Virtual Magnifying Glass in a variety of ways. As a teaching tool, I find it useful for highlighting individual words, such as those requiring accents. Likewise, the lens can be moved by pupils via a pen, mouse or hand to locate certain parts of speech in a text or to show the right answer. For pupils who find it difficult to follow a page of print on screen, Virtual Magnifying Glass acts as a guide that can then be moved line by line through the text, breaking it up into more manageable chunks.
The application is not just a text tool, though. Having drilled new vocabulary from a set of images on a PowerPoint slide, I use the lens to identify the different pictures and ask the class what language they represent.
Joe Dale French teacher, Nodehill Middle School, Isle of Wight
* Virtual Magnifying Glass magnifier.sourceforge.net