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Texas Instruments offers educators training for newest math, science learning tool

TI-Nspiration Tour provides educator led, hands-on training with the TI-Nspire™ learning products

Feb 11, 2008

DALLAS (February 11, 2008) – Texas Instruments (TI) announced today that it is offering one-day local workshops for its newest educational technology, the TI-Nspire math learning products, during the spring semester and summer break. The TI-Nspiration Tour workshops are taught by educators to help their colleagues around the U.S. and Canada prepare to welcome the TI-Nspire handheld to math classrooms during the 2008-2009 school year.

The TI-Nspire was developed based on proven graphing calculator technology which research shows has a positive impact on student achievement. According to studies by education experts*, students who use graphing calculators have increased performance and better attitudes towards math than those who do not use graphing calculators. For educators, having proper training on the effective use of the technology and integration with curriculum are important parts of improving student performance. The TI-Nspiration Tour shows teachers how to maximize the interactive features of the TI-Nspire technology in math classrooms to increase student understanding and achievement in this vital subject.

The TI-Nspire products for math learning, which includes two handhelds and two computer software offerings, are the latest in graphing handheld technology from TI. The TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire Computer Algebra System (CAS) learning handhelds, which are half the size and weight of a tablet PC and include a large screen and mouse-like controls, allow students to explore math concepts more deeply through "Grab and Move" capabilities. The TI-Nspire handheld includes two interchangeable keypads that allow students to use the new TI-Nspire features or use a keypad that mimics the TI-84™ graphing calculator, which is a standard for math education in U.S. schools. The TI-Nspire CAS offers a stationary keypad and CAS capabilities for more advanced math and engineering courses. As a tool for students to explore, evaluate and simplify expressions, numeric problems and variables in symbolic form, the TI-Nspire CAS allows students to learn to solve complex equations step-by-step. The TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire CAS computer software offer the same learning experience and interactive features of the handhelds, and provide educators with the flexibility of choice allowing them to select the delivery system, handhelds or computers, which best fit their students' needs and school resources.

All sessions will be led by T3 (Teachers Teaching with Technology) instructors, experienced educators and education technology leaders in their field who have received rigorous training and hands-on classroom experience with the TI-Nspire products. Participants will have their choice of two 3-hour hands-on sessions, including: Algebra 1/Beginning Algebra, Algebra 2/Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus/Trigonometry, Statistics and Calculus. **

Planned TI-Nspiration Tour locations include:

Date City State
02/23/08 Martinez (Augusta) GA
02/23/08 Toronto ON
03/08/08 San Antonio TX
03/15/08 Pittsburgh PA
03/29/08 Renton (Seattle) WA
03/29/08 Los Angeles CA
04/05/08 Plainfield (Chicago) IL
04/05/08 Levittown (New York City) NY
04/19/08 Sarasota (Tampa) FL
04/19/08 Louisville KY
04/19/08 Kennett Square (Philadelphia) PA
04/26/08 Pepper Pike (Cleveland) OH
04/26/08 DeLand (Orlando) FL
05/03/08 Flower Mound (Dallas-Fort Worth) TX
05/03/08 Ottawa ON
05/10/08 Glendale (Phoenix) AZ
05/17/08 Ypsilanti (Detroit) MI
05/17/08 Clayton (St. Louis) MO
05/31/08 Newington (Hartford) CT
06/20/08 Lakeville (St. Paul) MN

The TI-Nspiration Tour will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with check-in starting at 8:00 a.m. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Each participant will receive a 30-day trial CD of TI-Nspire computer software, a certificate of completion and $100 coupon to attend a T3 TI-Nspire 3-day professional development course.

Additional locations for the TI-Nspiration Tour will be announced soon. For more information on the workshops, to check for additional professional development opportunities in your area or to register for these sessions, please visit www.ti-nspire.com.

About the TI-Nspire Math Learning Products

TI-Nspire handhelds and software allow students to see and make connections among up to four representations of a problem at one time, on one screen, including graphical, algebraic, numeric, geometric or written formats. The benefits of this approach are based on research that shows each student learns math in different ways, whether it’s a graph, table, equation or written form. Students learn concepts more readily and with deeper understanding when they see a problem represented in different ways and are able to choose and evaluate various problem-solving strategies.1

TI conducted extensive research, product testing and sought teacher input when developing the TI-Nspire products. The company added computer-like functionality and features the handheld that helps students broaden critical thinking skills and make meaningful connections between the different ways math is represented. TI-Nspire technology allows students to change values and observe the results in real time, which dramatically reduces the time needed to see how various concepts are linked and allows teachers to focus on teaching math, not manipulating multiple technologies.

For more information about TI-Nspire math learning products or Texas Instruments other products and services, please visit education.ti.com.

Editor’s note: For images of the TI-Nspire products, demo units or to set up an interview, please contact Mari Hancock, GolinHarris, 713-513-9574, mhancock@golinharris.com

About Texas Instruments

Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications and enabling students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. Designed with leading educators and researchers, Texas Instruments educational technology and services are tested against recognized third-party research on effective instruction and improved student learning. Such research shows that use of graphing calculators and wireless classroom networks in the classroom helps teachers implement instructional strategies that lead to student collaboration, higher student interest, engagement and achievement in math. For more than 15 years, TI has worked closely with educators and administrators to develop student-focused curricular and supplemental classroom materials, and it supports the world's largest professional development organization for the appropriate use of educational technology. More information is available at education.ti.com.

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* For information about research showing that graphing calculator use improves students' math skills as well as their attitudes toward math, visit education.ti.com.

** Canadian TI-Nspiration Tour sites will follow Canadian Curriculum

1 SRI International research report, November 2006. http://www.ti-nspire.com/tools/nspire/resources/tinspire_research.pdf