The secret life of frogs

lifestyle July 07, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

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A new app from iTunes will have children dissecting frogs like professionals



FROGGIPEDIA, an iPad app, could help your kids get a head start in biology.

The app teaches youngsters about the life cycle of a frog and best of all it will let children perform a virtual operation to learn the intricate anatomical details. 

The app is divided into three parts: Life cycle, AR Anatomy and Dissection.

The app lets kids observe the life cycle of a frog, such as how it turns from a single celled egg in water to a tadpole, which turn metamorphoses into a froglet and eventually a full-grown frog. 

The life cycle starts with a picture of a fertilised egg on Day 1. It says the egg is encased in a gelatinous capsule that extends on coming in contact with water.

On the left side of the screen is a progress bar with seven dots. When each dot is tapped, the app shows each stage of the life cycle. These are, as displayed in the app, are Day 1, Day 3: Tadpole with external gills, Week 4: Tadpole with internal gills, Week 6: Tadpole with hind limbs, Week 9: Tadpole with forelimbs, Week 16: Froglet, and Week 17: Frog.

The app also provides a short description for each stage of the frog’s life cycle and also lets you rotate the frog at each stage to see it around. When I tested it on iPad Pro 10-inch, the rotation was smooth and fluid and the graphic was splendid and realistic.

The AR Anatomy lets the child observe seven layers of a frog’s anatomy, namely integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, circulatory, and digestive. You need to use the iPad Pro’s camera to scan on a flat surface of your environment or room and the app will superimpose a frog’s photo as if the frog is the room with out.

With the dissection component, the child can virtually cut open a frog to see its internal organs. The app supports Apple Pencil for performing the virtual dissection. The app will guide the youngster to pin the frog’s forelimbs and hind limbs and guide him or her to use a finger or Apple Pencil as a knife to cut it open.

Once there, you can learn to identify the internal organs of the frog through a series of questions. You identify and drag the organ to the tray in accordance with a question. For example, the question says: “It is the largest digestive gland. Can you locate it?” You kid will have find and drag the liver to the tray. There are eight organs to be identified in this game. Froggipedia sells on App Store for US$3.99. 

>> Seller: Designmate (I) Pvt. Ltd.

>> Size: 144.1 MB

>> Category: Education

>> Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation).

>> Languages: English

>> Age Rating: Rated 4+