As my daughter starts to enter the higher grades, I’m constantly on the lookout programs and products that can assist and support her education. That’s why the Texas Instruments ‘Latest Tech for Back to School’ blogger breakfast at BlogHer ’12 was of particular interest to me. The event focused on the new TI-Nspire CX Handheld and usage of it. This is a powerful math and science graphing calculator that has so much to offer.
The TI-Nspire CX Handheld is recommended for middle school through college (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Statistics, Business & Finance, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Physics and AP Calculus specifically). It has a full-color screen, a touchpad, the ability to transfer data to your laptop or computer, and is approved for use during standardized tests such as the SAT, PSAT, and ACT.
At the event, two teachers with extensive knowledge of the Nspire family demonstrated some features. I have to say that most of it was WAY over my head. Plus, since I got lost and arrived late, I missed the important information on how to submit an answer and what the basic navigation was.
Based on the rest of the demonstration, it was clear to see that this tool had many applications. Students can easily use it for homework with the included software, teachers can create and transfer assignments, sensors can be plugged in for data collection, it has the ability to overlay graphs on uploaded photos, and so much more. There’s even a navigator system that can link several devices so the teacher can monitor many students at once and, instead of calling a student to the front to work out a problem, they can do it right from their seat and have it displayed on the digital whiteboard.
This compact powerhouse is thin, light, and sleek. The clamshell casing slides just as easily on the back of the Nspire for easy storage and scratch protection.
The TI-Nspire CX Handheld retails for about $165. Since it has a rechargeable battery and so many capabilities, you can ideally buy this one calculator for the six or more years your child/young adult will need it. Don’t forget to add this to your back-to-school supply list!
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Texas Instruments invited me to a private event and gifted the above product but I was not obligated to write about either. All opinions are entirely my own.