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No more cutting open frogs: Great apps for science

24 Jul 2014 by Heather Breedlove

Fact: A human body replica skeleton for a science classroom cost over $2000.

Fact: Frog dissection kits cost over $1,000 per year.

Science classrooms are a place for students to have hands-on exploration and learn about the world around them but funding them can be daunting for schools with shrinking budgets. Adding these apps to your mobile devices in the science classroom is a cost effective solution.

Human Anatomy Atlas by Visible BodyHuman Anatomy Atlast

Instead of one human body skeleton in the classroom for students to view and study, this app puts one in front of every student. This app turns studying the human body into an interactive experience. They can view the system through different angles and details by manipulating the 3D image. Once they have thoroughly explored and learned about the system, they could use the built in quiz feature to test themselves and prepare for an upcoming tests. They can customize their learning by creating note cards that they can draw or type information on. Students can share 3D views or screenshots through email or social networks. This app is best suited for students over 12 years old. Trial and paid versions are available.

Anotomy 4d

Anatomy 4D by Daqri

Utilizing augmented reality technology, this app offers students a chance to interact on a different level with the human body systems. Students open the app, scan the target image and a 4D human body appears on a medical table. The target image is a image on paper that when scanned, the app identifies what to project on the paper. This is easily printed or emailed right from the app. Different body systems are able to be turned on or off, allowing students to focus on the areas being studied. Students can visualize the body system relationships by viewing the whole body and its systems together. This app has the wow factor and will instantly engage your students, making them feel like doctors. Great for students who are over 12 years old.

Frog Dissection

Frog Dissection by Emantras Inc.

Winner of PETA’s Mark Twain Ethical Science Award, this app does not disappoint those looking for an alternative to cutting open frogs to learn about anatomy. This app does a great job riding the fine line between being too realistic and real enough to be an effective alternative for those who ethically or who are too squeamish to participate in a dissection. Students use the same tools as they would in an actual dissection- pins, scalpel, and scissors help them to pin and cut back the skin of the frog for further exploration. They can choose to listen to voiceover instructions, allowing them to go through the dissection at their own pace. As they dissect, they can compare the frog body to parts to human body parts. After the dissection, videos and quizzes give students more opportunities for learning.

Science classrooms are a place for students to have hands-on exploration and learn about the world around them but funding them can be daunting for schools with shrinking budgets. Utilizing mobile devices in the science classroom can be a cost effective solution. Human Anatomy Atlas, Anatomy 4D and Frog Dissection apps let students interact in new ways in the science classroom. They can manipulate the human body skeleton to discover different body parts, view how human body systems are related and dissect a frog without ever leaving their mobile device

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