Texas Instruments TI-Nspire Review

**This post was written as part of a program for Family Review Network and Texas Instruments, who supplied the product for review.**

Not everyone is built to be math-oriented. In fact for some of us it is really difficult. Take Regan for example, this has been a constant struggle for us for years. The hardest part for her with her cerebral palsy is that it is so difficult for her to write out math problems so that the numbers align perfectly. Forget about graphing and fractions, it is not something her fine motor skills can do. For the last few years when taking the state mandated TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)Test the school district has gotten her special permission to use a calculator on the exam specifically to help her align the numbers properly. As math has gotten more difficult and moved into higher level algebra and formulas, I have been looking for a calculator to grow with her.

The TI-Nspire is a wonderful calculator for Regan to finish junior high and grow with in high school. In fact it is so impressive and can do so much that it came complete with it’s own “TI-Nspire for Dummies” book as well as its’ instruction manual. This year Regan will branch out into graphing and algebraic equations and a calculator that she can use and manipulate to help her understand is a dream come true for us. Here are a few more things from the website that impressed me:
Some unique features of TI-Nspire technology let you:

-View multiple representations of a problem on a single screen
-Grab a graphed function and move it to see the effect
-“Link” representations:

-Manipulate the properties of one and observe instant updates to others without switching screens
-Create, save and review work in electronic documents, like a computer
-Activate the handheld’s Press-to-Test feature to block access to certain geometry features not allowed on state exams
-Experience identical functions on the handheld and TI-Nspire Computer Software (Windows© or Mac©).
-Your students can use the software independently or in tandem with the handheld
for work in and out of class
-Project a full interactive handheld alongside a large handheld screen to demonstrate concepts to your class usingTI-Nspire Computer Software – Teacher Edition

The great thing is that it is already pre approved for use on SAT ACT and many other state standardized tests. This is the calculator we will be getting approved for her use for the 8th grade TAKS, and I am already working with the school system so that we are all on the same page to learn its uses and functions. Regan has been getting acquainted with her “calc” as she calls it and was showing me all kinds of impressive math, including how to make it graph. Her life and mine just got a lot easier thanks to Texas Instruments