I stink at math. My kids stink at math. We are math stinkers.
Thank heavens for calculators, right? How would anyone get their math homework done without one?
However, I have to admit that those calculators were the absolute best investment in a learning handheld that I have ever made. They could not have survived their algebra, geometry, and calculus classes in middle school, high school and college without them. No way.
Now Texas Instruments has added the TI-Nspire to their line of quality calculators, and I just had the chance to check it out.
I’m not even going to pretend to you that I know how to work it beyond the most basic of operations. I stink at math, remember? But, I did manage to turn it on and take a little look-see at some of its coolness.
The easy-glide touchpad is a feature today’s technology-minded kids will love. It functions just like the mouse/touchpad area on a laptop, and makes moving from option to option a breeze. It’s an excellent upgrade.
The Nspire comes with software which enables a computer to function just like the handheld calculator, so students can view their work in a larger, easier to see format. Documents are easily transferred between computer and calculator.
I also noticed that the keyboard is interchangeable with the TI-84 keyboard (which is available at no charge through the mail.) This gives kids the option to use whichever keyboard they’re comfortable with.
And as with the previous TI graphing calculators, the TI-Nspire is approved for standardized exams. (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP and Praxis)
My Thoughts: Texas Instruments makes superb graphing calculators and they are built to last. I give them my absolute highest recommendation. If you are in the market for a student calculator with graphing capabilities, I strongly suggest you spend the few extra dollars and buy one from Texas Instruments, and the TI-Nspire is fantastic!
Buy It! You may purchase the TI-Nspire directly from Texas Instruments, from Amazon, or in stores like Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot.
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WINNER: Katherine Snyder