Dissection Alternatives: Digital Frog 2.5
Recommended by Dr. Nancy Harrison, the Digital Frog 2.5 engages students with an interactive, virtual dissection, allowing the student to learn each of the cuts necessary by “cutting” with a digital scalpel before watching the full-screen video. The CD also makes learning anatomy an enjoyable experience by allowing students to have fun and learn through exploration and discovery. Animations and interactions allow students to see how the frog’s body works—from blood pumping through the heart to joints that can be built up and moved by the user.
“Digital Frog 2.5 is THE overall best virtual dissection, in my opinion, because the dissection movies are large and clear, the anatomy/physiology didactic material is superb, and the ecology section continually reminds us that the frogs are living beings connected to a much larger web of life.”
—Dr. Nancy Harrison
Dr. Harrison recently gave a presentation titled, “Virtual Dissection: The Best of the Best” at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conferences in November 2007 and March 2008, in which she offered demonstrations of DryLabPlus Fetal Pig and Digital Frog 2.5. Evaluations from these sessions show that educators who attended strongly agreed that the sessions were useful, that they intended to use the material in their classrooms, and that the presentation should be offered at future NSTA conferences.
Digital Frog 2.5 is so much more effective than a wet lab because the interactive dissection is seamlessly linked to a comprehensive anatomy and physiology section, with human anatomy comparisons. A fascinating ecology section reminds students that biology is the study of living organisms. With context-sensitive definitions on every word and spoken pronunciations on significant words, students can access all the information they need with just a click of the mouse.
Digital Frog International has undertaken an in-depth evaluation of the ways that its programs meet the educational needs of K-12 students in eight states. The independent California Learning Resource Network has also evaluated the Digital Frog software tools and found that they meet the state of California’s educational objectives.
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Professional Development Workshops
With continuing budget crunches and ethical and environmental concerns, more and more science teachers are looking to replace animal dissection in their classrooms. Digital Frog International offers school districts a free three-hour workshop on the benefits of using their software programs. Please contact Digital Frog at [email protected] if you are interested in arranging a workshop for your school district.