Wildlife Acoustics, worldwide provider of bioacoustics recording and analytical technology, introduced its new Echo Meter Touch bat detector/recorder/analyzer at the National Science Teachers' Association Conference (NSTA) in Boston.
The Echo Meter Touch is a key-fob-sized ultrasonic module that plugs into an iPhone or iPad that accompanies a free Echo Meter touch app. The module-app combination provides teachers and students with a fully functional spectrogram viewer, allowing budding biologists to listen to and record bats in real time.
"Echo Meter Touch has student discovery stamped all over it," says Wildlife Acoustics' product manager, Sherwood Snyder. "It’s an innovative way for teachers in 1:1 and flipped learning classroom environments to get students excited about biology. Wildlife Acoustics is committed to providing science educators with engaging tools to further awareness around the value of including bioacoustics and environmental awareness solutions in their curriculum.”
The app accurately identifies a bat’s species by capturing ultrasonic sounds in seconds, giving students an opportunity to learn more about the bats they’re monitoring within the app. A GPS tracking feature automatically tags all recordings with location information.
Live bats will be on hand at the company’s NSTA exhibitor booth (#425) to help demonstrate the app’s capabilities for attendees.
To complement the Echo Meter Touch, teachers and students have access to Bat Conservation International's comprehensive bat biology studies curriculum guide to create in-class activities, field work and at-home projects.
"Science teachers are constrained when it comes to class time, so it's vital that class material is both relevant in terms of 21st century skills and easily integrates into existing lesson plans," said Andrew Walker, CEO of Bat Conservation International. "Not only is our guide designed with creative and engaging classroom content, it allows students to explore the world of bats even further after hours."
For both Bat Conservation International and Wildlife Acoustics, that is the ultimate goal. “Our work is dedicated not only to biologists and researchers around the world, but to our planet's future biologists and bioacousticians—the K-12 students of today," echoed Wildlife Acoustics' founder and CEO, Ian Agranat. “With the Echo Meter Touch, ultrasonic is now ‘ultra cool,’ and we hope students will see that too.”
About Wildlife Acoustics
Wildlife Acoustics is the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring systems for researchers, scientists, conservationists and government agencies worldwide. Its mission is to serve the needs of biologists and conservationists around the globe and create tools that enable them to better understand the changes in the global environment.
Our innovative and affordable hardware, software, and curriculum increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement and promote the cause of the Citizen Scientist in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit wildlifeacoustics.com.