Digital Frog Dissection
US animal rights organisation Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has approved a software program that will allow students to dissect frogs digitally – eliminating the need for live specimens. Peta has offered the Frog Dissection program for free to schools in India that agree to offer the software as an alternative to using live animals.
Developed by California-based digital education company Emantras, the software provides 3D views of the digital frog as well as digital tools and step-by-step instructions. Frog Dissection costs between $2.99 and $4.99 in the US, and is compatible with Windows, Mac and iPads.
Peta has encouraged educational institutions to transition from live specimen experiments to digital, citing its cost-effectiveness as well as its educational merit. Peta also highlights findings of a 2007 study by the Journal of the American Veterinary Association in which the authors concluded that academic “results associated with the non-animal method of instruction were equivalent or superior to results associated with the conventional animal-based method”.
Read more about digital media as an education tool in The Institute of Play.