If you haven’t seen it yet, Casio recently launched a “Guided Tours” site for the Casio Prizm. On this site, you’ll find about 10 videos guiding you through the basics of the Casio Prizm, including most of the icons that an average user will utilize. It’s a simple to navigate site with a sharp look and feel that should get new Casio users up to speed in a hurry.
Full disclosure, the voice you’ll hear on the videos for this new site is mine. Casio approached me back in February about hiring me as an independent consultant to do the video work for their new Prizm site. I’ve been honored to work on the project and am thrilled about how the entire look and feel of the site turned out.
You may wonder if having worked this project for Casio hinders my ability to “call it like I see it” here on Tech Powered Math with regards to Texas Instruments, Casio, and HP calculators. Rest assured, it will not. In my opinion, there are a lot of great graphing calculators on the market right now from all three companies, but there are two dynamite products, the TI-Nspire CX (review) and the Casio Prizm (review). These calculators have changed the game for teachers and students, not just due to their color and image capabilities, but more due to their ease of use and ability to present math on a calculator the way it appears in a textbook.
These two calculators are very different. I’ve already had chance to play around with the TI-Nspire CX a bit, and as soon as I have one to review, I’ll be writing a review for the TI-Nspire CX and an article comparing it to the Prizm. However, I can already tell you I don’t intend to declare a “winner.” They’re just too different, and I think they’re both fantastic. If you’re a student taking your first graphing calculator class next fall, save your pennies because you’ll want to purchase one of these groundbreaking new calculators.
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