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TI-84 Plus CE Golden Ratio and TI-84 Plus CE Bright White

TI-84 Plus CE Golden Ratio and TI-84 Plus CE Bright White

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As if the TI-84 Plus CE didn’t have enough cool, stylish colors to begin with, there will soon be two new attractive colors available in the 84 Plus CE family, the Golden Ratio and Bright White. The Golden Ratio, is a limited edition, shiny, metallic gold finish, and Bright White is the “sleek” white that its name implies.

“For us, it’s about providing the educational tools and resources to help students build a strong foundation in math and science, setting them up for success in the classroom, college, and beyond,” said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology.

Having attended the Illinois math team state championships over the weekend, I can tell you that the TI-84 Plus family continues to be a hit with some of the best students here in Illinois. The 84 Plus CE was the most commonly used calculator throughout the competition, and as Texas Instruments continues to add stylish new forms to powerful function, that’s not a trend that’s likely to slow any time soon.

Texas Instruments is promising to have these new colors stocked in time for back to school shopping. In recent years, new TI releases targeting back to school have been available fairly early in the summer. If there’s sufficient interest, I can add the limited edition Golden Ratio TI-84 Plus CE to my price monitoring Amazon Twitter feed for TPM readers once it becomes available. Just shoot me a tweet if you are interested.

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