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Texas Instruments Offers Spanish-Language Classroom Activities

Educators have access to more tools for teaching students how math impacts their lives using hit TV series "NUMB3RS"

Feb 12, 2007

Dallas and Los Angeles - (February 12, 2007) - Texas Instruments (TI) is continuing to enhance the resources behind its award-winning "We All Use Math Every Day" (WAUMED) math education initiative by providing classroom activities in Spanish. The Spanish-language handouts for select classroom activities will help more educators and students across the nation see how math is relevant in everyday life.

The "We All Use Math Every Day" initiative was developed by TI and CBS, in association with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), to inspire students to achieve more in math by showing how the subject is relevant to their lives today and in the future. The initiative, using the hit television show, NUMB3RS, provides free classroom activities for educators online at cbs.com/numb3rs that help students understand how the math they are learning in the classroom applies to the real world. The activities explore the math derived from the concepts used to solve cases in the FBI crime-solving show.

The Spanish-language activities are posted alongside the corresponding English-language activities which relate to each week's show episode for season three of "NUMB3RS." All of the activities are developed jointly by TI and NCTM and are written by leading mathematicians and classroom educators.

"My students have been much more excited about learning math when they can use the We All Use Math Every Day program in the classroom. They ask for the activities almost every day and are engaged in the discussion," said Lisa Suarez-Caraballo, math teacher at Luis Muñoz Marin School in Cleveland, Ohio. "This initiative has made my job easier to teach the concepts teens will need to succeed in school and later in life."

Since "We All Use Math Every Day" launched in September 2005, thousands of educators are downloading the classroom activities on a weekly basis and over 40,000 have signed up for Teacher Kits, helping to inspire more than four million students to become more engaged and interested in math.

Educators who visit cbs.com/numb3rs can download the free Spanish- and English-language activities and sign up to receive the free Teacher Kit which includes program information, classroom activities, a classroom poster and bumper sticker. Those who register for a Teacher Kit also will receive a weekly e-mail newsletter packed with classroom activities and insider information about the "We All Use Math Every Day" initiative.

"NUMB3RS," which premiered on January 23, 2005, focuses on FBI Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) who recruits his mathematical genius brother Charlie (David Krumholtz) to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. Inspired by actual cases, the series depicts how police work and mathematics provide unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.

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 mathematics 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 collaborative technology in the classroom helps teachers implement instructional strategies that lead to higher student interest, engagement and achievement in mathematics.* 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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About "NUMB3RS"
Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Barry Schindel, David W. Zucker, Nicolas Falacci, and Cheryl Heuton are executive producers of NUMB3RS, which was created by Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci. NUMB3RS is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television in association with Scott Free. CBS Paramount Network Television is a division of CBS Studios Inc.

About the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 100,000 members and 240 Affiliates, NCTM is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education and issues a call for all students to engage in more challenging mathematics. More information is available at nctm.org.