It appears that the crew in Dallas is having a busy week. Yesterday, Texas Instruments issued their first update of their new iPad app. The update purports to fix one of the specific problems I experienced during my initial TI-Nspire iPad app review, which was a crash during the use of the camera feature. I have tried to recreate that crash since updating the app, and I haven’t been able to, so it looks like they were successful in fixing the problem.
Of course, this is a big week not just for Texas Instruments but many other math education companies because this week is the annual NCTM convention in Denver. TI will be showing off their latest products and innovations along with other calculator manufacturers like Casio and just about major math education company. They’ll all be trying to appeal to the flood of teachers and administrators there to catch up on the latest innovations in math education.
Texas Instruments sent there NCTM press release over to me a day early. If you’re headed to Denver, here’s a sneak peak at what they have to offer:
Actress Mayim Bialik and Texas Instruments Join Educators to Encourage Strong STEM Education
at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2013 Annual Meeting in Denver
Bialik will share her unique journey from child actress to neuroscientist and show how math and science come to life with real-world applications and technology
Interact with TI’s latest math and science education technology at booth #217;
join the discussion @TICalculators #MathNspired
DENVER (April 17, 2013) – Texas Instruments (TI) and its brand ambassador – actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik – are joining thousands of math educators at the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, to share innovative new classroom technology including TI-NspireTM Apps for iPad® and the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, as well as educator resources to increase student engagement and achievement in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
Bialik, who plays the loveably geeky neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” will give the opening keynote about her real-life role as a scientist and teacher tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center. On Thursday, April 18, Bialik will join an experienced T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology instructor to teach an interactive math lesson with TI-Nspire CX technology at 9:30 a.m. in Four Seasons Room 2/3 at the Colorado Convention Center. She also will make a surprise appearance at the TI booth #217 sometime on Thursday.
Bialik is part of an exciting line-up from TI that showcases technology, online content and T3 professional development that improves math and science teaching and learning. At its booth and in conference sessions, TI will offer hands-on opportunities for teachers to experience the power of the TI-Nspire CX family of math and science technology including graphing handhelds, software and new TI-Nspire Apps for iPad, plus data collection tools for science and hundreds of free Math Nspired and Science Nspired classroom-ready activities. TI will also feature its latest color-screen graphing calculator, the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.
In addition, TI will share strategies and best practices from leading math teachers, as well as technology, professional development and free classroom resources for implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics. Educators can learn more at the TI CCSS Solutions Booth, which is directly across from the TI booth #217.
“Every year we look forward to NCTM and the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from leading math educators throughout this conference,” said Melendy Lovett, president of Texas Instruments Education Technology. “This year we are excited to introduce new professional development and curricular support for implementing Common Core State Standards and Mathematical Practices. Educators will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with our newest innovations for math and science teaching and learning. Additionally, we are excited to bring our brand ambassador Mayim Bialik to share her incredible journey and passion for inspiring all students to pursue a strong STEM education – a passion that she shares with TI.”
Mayim and TI’s NCTM Highlights at a Glance:
- · Mayim Bialik’s Opening Keynote: April 17, 5:30 p.m., Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center
- · Mayim’s Hands-On TI-Nspire CX Technology Session: April 18, 9:30 a.m., Four Seasons Room 2/3 at the Colorado Convention Center
- · Mayim’s Surprise TI Booth Visit: April 18, TI booth #217
- · Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Booth Showcasing Technology, Tools and Support to Help Districts Meet the Needs of the Common Core Standards and Mathematical Practices: April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April 19, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CCSS booth is located directly across from TI booth #217
- · TI-Nspire Apps for iPad Play Area: April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April 19, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. TI booth #217
For more information about Texas Instruments:
- · Online: education.ti.com
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/TICalculators, @TICalculators, #MathNspired
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/TICalculators
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