Eight years… That’s how long it’s been since Texas Instruments announced the TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator, their first color graphing calculator. Since then, the platform has gotten a wide variety of software updates for the the TI-Nspire CX and CX CAS models that have continued to keep it at the top of the list of the best graphing calculators on the market. However, what it has not gotten during that eight year span was a significant hardware refresh.
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What Is the TI-Innovator Rover? When Texas Instruments announced this product last year, a programmable robot that can receive its programs from their TI-84 Plus CE and TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators, my ears perked up. The TI-Innovator system, a series of programmable devices that interfaced with TI calculators had been intriguing, but the Rover is a robot on wheels, you might say a drone, created from many of the same devices as the earlier Innovator components.
In this post: Software Changes | Battery Life | TI-84 Plus vs. TI-84 Plus CE TI-84 Plus CE on the ACT/SAT What Is the TI-84 Plus CE? The TI-84 CE Plus is the latest in a long line of TI-84 calculators, but with a better color screen, battery life, software, and a more compact size. It is the most widely adopted, widely trusted calculator by teachers in American classrooms. In this TI-84 Plus CE Review, I’ll explain why it made my list of the best graphing calculators for students.
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For those of you haven’t heard the news yet, HP recently released a new free version of the app based on their popular graphing calculator, the HP Prime (review). You can obtain get them on three different platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows 10. Just search for “HP Prime Free.” The apps are designed to mimic the functionality of the actual HP Prime. Having taken it for a spin on my Nexus 5X, I can tell you that it feels very much like original graphing calculator with a lot of the same functionality, but as per HP Museum, it is missing some cool apps such as Triangle Solver, Finance Solver, Linear Solver, and Quadratic Explorer, among others.
Photo via Texas Instruments A few months back, Texas Instruments announced a new STEM education product they had developed that would encourage kids to develop coding skills right on their graphing calculators, the TI-Innovator. The Innovator would work with either the TI-Nspire CX family or the TI-84 Plus CE, the latest generation of Texas Instruments graphing calculators. I was very intrigued by the promotional materials and press release, but to be honest, I was not entirely clear what capabilities the TI-Innovator had.
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In this post: Designed for Teachers and Students | Why I like the HP Prime Biggest Improvements to the Prime | Bottom line HP Prime Review Click here to see the HP Prime price on Amazon. Understanding HP’s Flagship, the HP Prime Several years ago, when HP released their latest calculator, the HP Prime, I posted a review here at Tech Powered Math. I wrote in that review that I liked the Prime and how HP was pushing the envelope with a new design and new features never before seen with their new calculator, but I was also left wanting more.
Click here to see the TI-84 Plus price on eBay. Long ago and far away (in the year 2010), I did a review of the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator. Things have changed quite a bit during that time for Texas Instruments calculators in general and for the TI-84 Plus platform in specific. Most importantly, TI released a major new upgrade to the TI-84 Plus family, the TI-84 Plus CE, a full color display edition of the calculator designed to bring the TI-84 Plus into the next decade.