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TI-Nspire NASA Activity Fuel for the Fire Launches Tomorrow

TI-Nspire NASA Activity Fuel for the Fire Launches Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Texas Instruments will add to mISSion imaginaTIon, their partnership with NASA, when they launch a new activity called “Fuel for the Fire.” TI was nice enough to give me an early preview of the Fuel for the Fire, including student and teacher handouts and the .tns file for the Nspire that makes up the bulk of the activity.

This is a really rich activity that will force students to think, and offers some interesting simulations. Along the way, students have to land a lunar module (it took me upwards of 20 attempts to do so without crashing, but I’m old and like a student, neglected to read the directions at first), fill fuel tanks with rocket fuel, and control fuel consumption during a space flight (you’ll see your ship go careening out of orbit if you make a mistake).

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There are quite a few topics covered here, all in the interesting “real world” context of space flight. Among them are constant rate of change (i.e. slope), volume formulas, linear functions, and related rates with a linear function. My suggestion is when the Fuel for the Fire goes live, go ahead and download it for yourself, regardless of whether you are a math or a science teacher, as it could work well in either context. I’ve been told that teachers and TI fans can expect to find Fuel for the Fire on the mISSion imaginaTIon sometime tomorrow afternoon.

 

TI-Nspire CX OS 4.2 Released

TI-Nspire CX OS 4.2 Released

TI-Nspire CX OS 4.2 has been released on the Texas Instruments website. You can find the release notes on the TI website. There are a few cool new features in this release, including the ability to automatically generate sliders for certain parameters in graphs and notes, manage the settings of connected handhelds through TI-Navigator (this will be… Continue Reading

Farewell to Zite

Farewell to Zite

Tonight, I Shed a Tear for the Passing of My Most Used App Today, Flipboard followed through on its stated timeline and threw the kill switch on Zite. While not the most well-known of the news aggregators, Zite was certainly one of the most beloved by those who used it (see Garner, Jennifer). Sadly for its… Continue Reading

Hour of Code 2015

We are just a couple of weeks away from the 2015 Hour of Code.  Last year, I did the Hour of Code with all of my students on my last day as a teacher after 13 years in the classroom, and they loved it. If you are a math, science, or computer teacher, or are a… Continue Reading

Thoughts on “The Problem We All Live With”

“There are many places where there are huge inequities in resources. Federal money can’t begin to make up for the fact that so much of public schools is locally funded by property taxes which is inherently, in many places, unfair and unequal, and I would say, un-American.” –United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan Continue Reading

Some TI-84 Plus CE Launch Models Will Require Immediate Upgrade

UPDATE (5/7/2015): Texas Instruments has released the new version of their TI-84 Plus CE operating system, version 5.0.1.0012. It can be downloaded from education.ti.com. You’ll also need the new version of TI-Connect. If you run into any problems on the upgrade, TI customer support can help you out at 1-800-TI-CARES.   Tomorrow, you’ll be able… Continue Reading

The Evolving TI-84 Plus Platform

The Evolving TI-84 Plus Platform

With a platform that’s been around as long as the TI-84, which is in and of itself the evolution of the TI-83 (launched in 1996), we’re bound to see models come and go. On Texas Instruments’ official website, I’ve noticed that certain models related to the TI-84 Plus were no longer featured. It also appears that… Continue Reading

Update on PARCC Calculator Policy

I’ve really made no secret of the fact that I have my doubts about the long term viability of the PARCC test. Some of the sample items that have been released to the public are so difficult that they border on downright unfair. During my final 5 years as a high school math teacher, the… Continue Reading

TI-84 Plus CE Announcement Tomorrow

TI-84 Plus CE Announcement Tomorrow

It’s been a couple of years since Texas Instruments has announced a significant change to one of their major graphing calculator product lines, the most recent being the addition of color to the TI-84 line with the TI-84 Plus C. Tomorrow morning, TI will officially break their silence on a big update to that same extremely popular line… Continue Reading