Thank you for dropping by the Ot & Et blog. I'm Lindsey - mama to Otto (1/1/9) and Loretta (3/9/12) and missus to a graphic designer turned future math doctor. Organic hazelnut half and half? Yes and please put some coffee in it! I'm also a sometime writer, occasional cook, and even more occasional crafter of anything worth mentioning. I work as a marketing director for a rad company and love our new town of Eugene, OR. At the end of the day, I'm just a working mama trying to fit as much mama-ing into my life as possible.
Feeling pretttttty cool about having a guest blogger - it's our first time! Please enjoy this post by Punflay, a super friendly company I've gotten to know a few people from on Twitter. They are so nice and their apps are educational & geared for kids of all ages and seem to be in the $1-$5 range. You can check their blog out online here. Man I wish my high school had offered the following frog dissection alternative, I would have been ALL OVER IT! Of course that was 250 years before the word "app" even existed!
Guest Blog Post by Punflay - Frog Dissection App
My images of frogs have been largely influenced by Arnold Lobel's beloved Frog and Toad series. Their adventures and heart-warming tales of friendship have always kept my kids and me in splits. Who can forget The List, Ice Cream, Cookies, etc! Long story short - that's the extent of my knowledge about amphibians. I felt that frogs and toads belonged belonged only in the classroom when teachers and dreamy kindergarteners discussed Frog and Toad's friendship over milk and cookies.
I had nearly forgotten that there was a thing called animal dissection. Since I had opted out of high school biology, I skipped dissecting frogs. I had only a vague idea about dissection and I never gave it a serious thought.
After doing a bit of reading on the subject, I learned that animal dissections are still part of the science curriculum in most parts of the country, but there are some states in the US that offer alternatives. As for suitable substitutes, there are models, simulation software and now, apps that can help you learn the procedure. We are happy to say that our Frog Dissection app was released earlier this year and has been received extremely well.
In a Schooling Setting:
If you are curious about Frog Dissection's use in the classroom, imagine this situation. The teacher could begin the dissection lesson with an introduction to amphibians and why scientists use this model to study anatomy and physiology. They could then move on to a demo of the app and explain the procedure. Bonus: no shrieks and wails because it is completely virtual. Even the most faint-at-heart can participate. And the app has updates such as interactive quizzes.
It's easy to see why such apps can be very effective in the classroom. I am glad to see that frogs and toads can still remain in the classroom where they are welcome. Besides teaching us a thing or two about friendships, they can also allow us to learn through a virtual world. Three cheers for Frog and Toad!