Why You Should Kiss a Digital Frog

Barry Lenson

Why You Should Kiss a Digital Frog

We really like The Digital Frog 2.5, a software program that lets school students dissect a virtual computerized frog. Schools from coast to coast are obtaining licenses for the program and using it in school science courses. It’s no wonder that The Digital Frog is so popular. For starters, there’s no dead frog. No stink of formaldehyde either, and no squeamish students. Students simply fire up a computer and use a digital scalpel to dissect a very realistic frog.

“The videos are stunning and explain the dissection process with great accuracy,” one science teacher observes on The Digital Frog website.”Even the most squeamish in the class have learned the concepts presented.”

The Digital Frog is obviously a fine educational product that is doing a fine job. But when you stop to think about it, you realize that its virtues are not all that unusual. In fact, they are shared by most forms of computerized and online learning . . .

  1. Computerized learning is environmentally friendly. When you do computer coursework, you don’t need to kill frogs.  Neither do you have to drive miles to school, heat a classroom, or pave lots where students can park. There’s lesson one from The Digital Frog.
  2. Computerized learning is immediately available and portable. With The Digital Frog, there’s no need to contact a scientific company and wait for a batch of preserved little critters to arrive.  As is the case with other computer courses, there’s no need to wait until class meets, or wait for your professor to hand out assignments. Just turn on your computer and go. There’s lesson two from The Digital Frog.
  3. Computerized learning is repeatable. If you didn’t completely understand a part of your Digital Frog dissection, you can simply repeat that part of the lesson. In fact, you can repeat it as many times as you like until you absorb the concepts completely. Computerized learning is like that. There’s lesson three from The Digital Frog.
  4. Computerized learning is direct. Three or four students don’t have to crowd around one dissection plate to watch a real frog get dissected. Each student gets a Digital Frog of his or her own. There’s lesson four from The Digital Frog.
  5. Computerized learning is efficient. The Digital Frog program can be used to educate five students – or five million. Try that with real frogs. That’s lesson five.

So here’s a digital kiss for The Digital Frog. His story serves as one more example of how online instruction is changing the world of learning.

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