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Little Known to Parents, But Popular with Teachers and Students, Graphing Technology Relates To Increasing U.S. Students' Performance in Math and Science

Texas Instruments helps drive student achievement with the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition

Jul 14, 2005

DALLAS - (July 14, 2005) - Math and science skills are more important than ever when it comes to getting into college, building a career, and increasing earnings potential, yet U.S. teens are performing below the international average on mathematics and science problem solving and literacy, according to international studies conducted by Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). (http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa)

Many teachers have found that using technology in the teaching process helps students grasp complex math and science concepts, as well as increases their involvement in the subject matter. In particular, handheld graphing technology with advanced calculation abilities and an oversized viewing screen, is proving popular and effective with both teachers and students. A growing body of research has found that use of graphing calculators in a variety of instructional situations leads to improved student achievement in specific middle school and high school mathematical skills.*

Many parents are unfamiliar with these handheld wonders, as they've only been integrated into teaching in the last 15 years. However students and teachers alike profess their value to the classroom experience.

"I have seen a big difference in the way my students learn since I've been using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator," said Jane Damaske, 8th grade math teacher at Lakeshore Middle School in Michigan. "Students are excited to come to class, they like seeing problems come to life and they grasp concepts better while using graphing technology. There is a real domino effect that can happen with graphing calculators. The more interested students become in math and science, the more time they spend with these subjects inside and outside the classroom -- and the more they spend time learning, the more likely they are to succeed."

Texas Instruments, the long-time leader in handheld graphing technology,** works closely with educators in the development of its classroom technology. Its latest product, the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, delivers the latest features and educational programs to help drive student success.

The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition comes pre-loaded with 30 educational applications including an SAT study tool that includes math and verbal SAT sample questions geared to help prepare college-bound students for the new SAT format, which debuted in March 2005.

The device is a great value because it grows with teens for years with durable construction, a fully upgradeable operating system, and the flexibility and memory to add up to 94 educational software applications as the teen advances in math and science.

The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition's built-in USB port makes it easy to quickly connect to home and school computers, share data with other graphing calculators and conduct science experiments using data collection equipment in their science classes. The USB port and cable also connects the graphing calculator with presentation equipment many teachers use so students can show their work to the rest of the class.

Teens enjoy personalizing their TI-84 Plus Silver Edition with interchangeable faceplates (available separately in orange, opaque silver, pink, and blue) or with the latest "GraphiTI" ("grafitti") removable designs for the unit's slide case cover (available separately in blue fractal, pink fractal, planets orange and silver diamonds). Teens can match them with their graphing calculator faceplate or mix them up.

The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition comes packaged with a standard faceplate, USB cable and 30 preloaded software applications. It is available at an estimated retail price of $130. The product is available through retail and office superstores nationwide, and through educational dealers. For availability information, please visit www.education.ti.com/buy.

* Based on research studies involving calculator use including meta-analysis, correlational analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental approaches. See education.ti.com/research for more information.

** Handheld technology leadership measured in USA by Decision Analyst, Inc