The final season of the long running and widely popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory kicks off in a little over a week on September 24, exactly 11 years after it originally debuted on CBS. This got me thinking about one of the more interesting opportunities I’ve had with this blog, a chance to interview TBBT star Mayim Bialik. At that time, I was still working as a high school math teacher, the blog was a little over a year old, and as happens from time to time, I got an email from Texas Instruments PR team.
In this post: Best Calculator for the ACT | Best Calculator for the SAT Best Calculator for Calculus | Best Cheap Graphing Calculator Best Touch Screen Calculator | Best Calculator for Middle School What are the Best Graphing Calculators? Here’s my list of the 6 best graphing calculators for school this 2018-19 school year: TI-Nspire CX TI-Nspire CX CAS TI-84 Plus CE Casio Prizm HP Prime TI-30 XS Multiview Based on their ease of use and features for learning in the classroom, and my experience using and teaching with these graphing calculators, these are my picks for the best graphing calculators of 2018-19.
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.
This week, I’ll be running some special deals on Amazon for my books. If you haven’t picked up the books yet, or if you know someone who could benefit from them, this is a great deal to take advantage of. Each of my TI calculator books will have some kind of offer this week. Tuesday, August 9 My TI-Nspire Tutorials Vol 1 book will be free on Amazon this day.
In this post: Color Graphing Calculator Who Is the Casio Prizm For? Why I Recommend the Casio Prizm Updated Casio Prizm fx-CG50 Bottom Line Casio Prizm Review Click here to see the Casio Prizm price on Amazon. Since its release in early 2011, the Casio Prizm has been a calculator that has caught the eye some of the some students and teachers traditionally focused on the Texas Instruments lineup of graphing calculators.
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.
Fresh off her 5th birthday, my oldest daughter has continued to be very interested in books at bedtime. She has also been showing an increasing interest in numbers: counting anything and everything, flash cards, and number apps on her Kindle Fire. Of course, I find this budding interest in math delightful, and while I don’t want to smother it, I have kept my ears pricked for ways to encourage her further.
Today, Texas Instruments announced a new partnership with NASA for STEM education that they are calling mISSion imaginaTIon. The new initiative launched with an online quiz about manned space missions, and there will soon be TI-Nspire activities with mISSion imaginaTIon. A year long STEM design challenge encourages students to work on four space-related challenges, and the winner will receive a video chat with a NASA expert and a TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator.
After two mostly great years with the original Nexus 5, I’ve taken the plunge and picked up a Nexus 5X. I enjoy the Nexus line because I love the customization and affordability of Android, but with Nexus, I’m less beholden to carriers when it comes to bloatware on the phone and waiting for the latest version of Android to be available for my phone. Like many Nexus owners, I decided to take a pass with last year’s Nexus 6 due to the cost and large size.
Every year around this time, I enjoy putting together a series of recommendations of math gifts. As my kids are getting old enough to appreciate some of these gifts, I can now put together this list not only from the perspective of a teacher, but a parent. These math gifts vary in age appropriateness from young children to adults. They fall into the following categories: math games, math books, math novelty gifts, and electronic devices that can be used to encourage math learning.