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TI-SmartView™ Emulator Software From Texas Instruments Helps Teachers Enhance Lessons Using Graphing Calculator Technology

New Software Helps Students Better Visualize Key Concepts in Math, Leading to Increased Comprehension and Greater Achievement

Jan 27, 2005

DALLAS - (January 27, 2005) - Texas Instruments, the leader in graphing handheld educational technology, today announced TI-SmartView™ emulator software, an instructional computer program designed to help secondary and college teachers enhance their curriculum through visual illustrations of significant math concepts. Through TI-SmartView software, educators can use TI's graphing calculator technology in the classroom to provide students with intuitive tools for more effective exploration and higher achievement in key math curriculum and topics.

TI-SmartView emulator software is an easy-to-use instructional program for PC and Mac®-based computers that provides teachers with an exact replica and fully functional representation of the popular TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator directly onto their computer. Using any computer projection device or interactive white board, instructors are able to display the image of the graphing calculator to allow students to visualize many unique instructional capabilities through powerful features in the program. Once students see how the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator works and discover how using it can raise their math achievement levels, they can integrate increased use of the graphing calculator into their daily study activities.

Based on research studies including meta-analysis, correlational analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental methods, 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.*

A feature of TI-SmartView software - View3™ (View cubed) - enables educators to simultaneously project multiple representations of equations, tables and graphs for given math values and formulas. This feature helps increase students' comprehension of mathematical relationships and concepts through these three representations as recommended in the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM) standards.

"I really like the View3 feature. It fits the NCTM representation standard very well," said Jerry Cummins, former president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). "This helps present a stronger case for graphing calculator use by all students."

Another key feature in the TI-SmartView software is the ability to run and record scripts, which demonstrate different methods to solve various mathematic problems. The software comes with 41 preloaded scripts which help teachers and students learn more about the functionality of the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, or any TI graphing calculator with similar keypads, including the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus family lines. In addition to helping illustrate key math concepts to students for greater understanding, these preloaded scripts serve as ideal instructional aids for teachers who may be new to using graphing technology or those who would like to brush up on their skills. The scripts feature also allows for instructors to prerecord their own key press operations and show students how to solve a particular problem, creating unique scripts that the teacher can save or modify for playback in the classroom anytime.

TI-SmartView software offers large screen viewing with an expanded calculator screen that helps students see important details in large or crowded classrooms. Teachers are also able to easily copy the screen they are working on, including equations, tables, graphs and scripts, and paste it into commonly-used software programs such as Microsoft® Word® or PowerPoint® to create documents and instructional handouts for students.

With View3, scripts, and the exact calculator replication, this TI software offers innovative tools to help students increase their visualization and comprehension of mathematic concepts, more closely follow teachers' instruction plans, and actively participate in the learning process.

"The combination of TI-SmartView software and an electronic white board is impacting the way I teach as much as the graphing calculator," said Tom Reardon, mathematics teacher at Austintown Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio. "The software enables me to expand the use of graphing technology to visually demonstrate key math concepts to my students who use TI graphing calculators."

TI-SmartView emulator software will be available for teachers only to purchase through the TI Cares program at 1-800-TI-CARES beginning at the end of the first quarter 2005, at a price of $135.00 plus tax where applicable.

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