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THAT SHOWS MATH IN MULTIPLE WAYS ON HANDHELDS AND COMPUTERS; DALLAS (September 25, 2007) – Forty years after inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator and changing the way math was taught to generations of students, Texas Instruments (TI) is again transforming math education by introducing the next generation’s technology: TI-Nspire™ products for math learning. The TI-Nspire
products are the first sets of learning technologies to offer the same
user experience in a handheld and corresponding computer software program
while presenting math in multiple ways. Students are able to see and make
connections among up to four representations of a problem at one time, on
one screen, including graphical, algebraic, numeric, geometric or written
formats. The benefits of this
approach are based on research that shows each student learns math in
different ways, whether it’s a graph, table, equation or written form.
Students learn concepts more readily and with deeper understanding when
they see a problem represented in different ways and are able to choose
and evaluate various problem-solving strategies.^{1} TI-Nspire technology
allows students to change values and observe the results in real time,
which dramatically reduces the time needed to see how various concepts are
linked and allows teachers to focus on teaching math, not manipulating
multiple technologies. “Students who take
more math courses succeed in college at much higher rates and have the
potential to earn more than those who do not. An understanding of math
prepares students for future success, and the TI-Nspire is designed to
help them understand concepts on a deeper level, ultimately increasing
achievement,” said Melendy Lovett, president, TI’s
Education
Technology business. “Building on
innovations of the past, we are now ushering in a new era of learning
technology, which we believe will shape math education for future
generations,” added Lovett. 1967-2007:
The Future of Education Technology, 40 Years in the Making The TI-Nspire
products build on four decades of innovation beginning in 1967, when TI
scientists Jerry D. Merryman,
James Van Tassel and Jack Kilby invented the
world’s first handheld electronic calculator. The original prototype
performed four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and
division), had 12 bytes of memory, ran on batteries and weighed nearly
three pounds. It was a significant advancement over previous electronic
calculators, which were approximately the size of a typewriter, weighed
nearly 55 pounds and needed to be plugged into a power source. “Once we
accomplished the portable calculator, the possibilities were astonishing.
It triggered the consumer electronics revolution and was the precursor to
devices like cell phones,” said Merryman. “Another major impact was on
math education—and the millions of students who have improved math
learning because of technology. The TI-Nspire technology is a major
advancement that will continue to transform how students learn math.” PC-Like
Functionality, Research-Based Features Help Broaden Critical Thinking
Skills TI conducted
extensive research and product testing and sought teacher input when
developing TI-Nspire products. The company added computer-like
functionality and features that help students broaden critical thinking
skills and make meaningful connections between the different ways math is
represented. Key features and applications include: Dynamically-linked
representations of a single problem on one screen. “Dynamic
linking” means that changes to one representation of a problem are
automatically reflected in other representations, which allows students to
understand relationships among math concepts. For example, students can
investigate the relationships among rise, run and slope using a graph,
word problem and spreadsheet. Grab-and-move
graphed functions. Manipulate a graph’s appearance by grabbing a
line and moving it to see the effect of changes in real time. This helps
students see mathematical relationships and patterns. Word processing
and file storage features similar to computer. Students can create,
edit and save documents, review and revise their work, pick up where they
left off in a previous class and easily transfer documents between their
handheld and computer, extending the learning process beyond the
classroom. TI-Nspire products
are being used in more than 150 pilot classrooms worldwide. Qualitative
results show that students are more engaged and excited about math and
want to continue using the TI-Nspire technology, and teachers are
recommending the new technology to others, because it gives them new
teaching tools to reach all students. The products are
currently available through educational product dealers, which are listed
at www.ti-nspire.com.
They will also be available in major retail stores for consumers to
purchase for back-to-school 2008 and will cost approximately the same as
TI’s advanced graphing products. “The TI-Nspire
opens up a whole new world of possibilities, which has helped me to think
differently about how I teach my students,” said Eric Butterbaugh,
Algebra and Geometry instructor at The world’s
leading math and science education publishers are developing materials
specifically for use with TI-Nspire technology, such as Glencoe/McGraw
Hill, Key Curriculum Press, McDougal Littell, Pearson Addison-Wesley,
Pearson-Prentice Hall, Wiley Publishing and Wright Group. For more information
about the new TI-Nspire products and the 40^{th} anniversary of
TI’s invention of the electronic handheld calculator, please visit http://education.ti.com/nspire/press TI Kicks Off Week-Long Celebration Commemorating the
invention of the handheld electronic calculator and marking the launch of
the TI-Nspire products, TI is hosting a week-long series of events,
including: A donation of TI-Nspire products and several historical
calculators to the educational technology archives at the Smithsonian’s
National Museum of American History; a temporary exhibit of the 1967
prototype and TI-Nspire products at the Museum of Nature and Science in
Dallas; and a traveling display to several education conferences this
fall, where teachers will be able to meet one of the inventors. ^{1} SRI
International research report, November 2006. http://www.ti-nspire.com/tools/nspire/resources/tinspire_research.pdf
* AP and SAT are
registered trademarks of the College Board. PSAT is a registered trademark
of both the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation,
which were not involved in the production of and do not endorse this
product. **ACT is a
registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which does not endorse this product. ^{2} Both
the TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire Computer Algebra System (CAS) handhelds are
allowed for use on the PSAT, SAT, and AP math tests. The TI-Nspire CAS
handheld is not allowed on the ACT math exam. |
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