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Teen Customization Trends Come to the Classroom

There's only one graphing calculator that meets the standards for "cool" by teens and is embraced by teachers and parents during back to school: TI-84 Plus Silver Edition

Aug 16, 2005

DALLAS - (August 16, 2005) - From the latest in custom-faded jeans to custom-built cars to downloadable ring tones for their cell phones, teenagers are always seeking new ways to express their individuality and creativity. The features and versatility of the latest graphing calculator from Texas Instruments, the long-time leader in handheld graphing technology,* take trends in customization to the classroom. The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition delivers everything teens and their parents want and need in a graphing calculator, one of the most popular educational products for math and science.

Some parents may be unfamiliar with graphing calculators as they've only been integrated into teaching in the last 15 years, but students and teachers alike profess the value of these handheld wonders to the classroom experience. 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. Math and science skills are more important than ever when it comes to getting into college, building a career, and increasing earnings potential.

Parents and teachers will appreciate the ability to customize the utility of the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. The device features a built-in USB port that allows teens to tailor their graphing calculator to their coursework each semester and upgrade the operating system--even into the college years. It comes pre-loaded with 30 educational applications (Apps), and has enough memory to store up to 94. These fun, educational applications, including a pre-loaded SAT study program, make the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition a portable tool that allows students to do study and practice while on-the-go.

"As a parent, it is important for me to know that my daughter will use her TI-84 almost daily and that she can continue to use it on into college," said Debbie Rucker, mother from Allen, Texas. "My daughter can study for the SAT using the study cards and practice her geometry anytime using the CabriTM  Jr. application. She has become the envy of her friends when she uses the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, showing off her favorite "cool" pink faceplate".

The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition features a cool, sleek design, interchangeable color faceplates and the latest "GraphiTI" ("graffiti") removable designs for the unit's slide case cover, giving teens the exterior personalization they enjoy. Parents can rest easy because there are also plenty of ways for their children to customize the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition for coursework. These features make the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition useful in virtually any math or science class from middle school and into college. The graphing calculator's "coolness factor," makes it more likely to end up in the backpack on a daily basis and into teens' hands more often. The more that students use the device, the better they will understand its application in math and science courses.

"Texas Instruments has given the graphing calculator a whole new image and created a new, more modern look that relates better to us teens," said Jaime Rucker, student from Allen High School, in Allen, Texas. "My friends and I can download new applications each semester depending on the classes we're taking and which lessons we're learning. We also like being able to create new looks for our TI-84 Plus Silver Edition by downloading new start-up screens and changing the faceplates and GraphiTI designs."

Additionally, Texas Instruments has launched 84Silver.com, which is packed with other ways to customize the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, including cool educational applications (Apps) and downloads from TI, help with homework, plus tips to prepare for statewide assessment tests and college entrance exams.

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