Dissection or Simulation?

June 5, 2008

In the article Virtual Dissection Offers Alternative, Teacher Magazine discusses simulation alternatives to dissection as seen in one West Virginia high school.  At this school, animal rights activists donated interactive software to various science classes.  Rather than allowing “squeamish” students to miss classes where dissection occurs, this software allows students to experience the activity and learn about animal anatomy without having to use an actual animal. 

While some educators praise the software as being a less controversial and often times less-expensive option for students, others say that virtual dissection does not have the same educational value as using the real thing, 

Does simulation software compare?  Check out a free demo at froguts and let us know what you think!