Students at North Clayton Middle School in College Park are now using new software that allows them to dissect frogs virtually.
The technology is a hit with students who say they don't like to touch or smell real frogs.
"I think it's kind of slimy and disgusting," said Terrance Dorsey, a seventh-grader.
The software was donated by PETA, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"I would think that it was unfair, cruel punishment for the frog because if we keep killing the frogs, we won't have any left," said student Kiana Wimberly.
PETA credited the school for taking the lead in teaching biology with humane, modern methods.
Students work through various sections to dissect the frog and then take online quizzes on what they have learned.
"I don't miss it at all," said biology teacher Nezetta Johnson, who well remembers the dissection of real frogs. "Cutting everything with the tweezers and the scissors and making a big mess. A big mess with the pans and everything."
Students can simply click on a scalpel, tweezers or other tools and dissect a virtual frog. If they make a mistake, it's no problem.
"The cleanup on the virtual frog dissection, just hit a button, click," said Johnson. "They start over."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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