Microscopes used in school science laboratories have traditionally been of two basic types, compound or bright field (high power) and stereo or dissecting (low power). Technology has advanced over the last few decades to produce digital microscopes and affordable options for capturing images and videos.
When choosing a microscope consideration needs to be given to the application, skill level of staff and students and budget. Microscopes range in quality and price and are used for different purposes.
See our information sheet AIS: Microscope choices for schools