TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator Review and Giveaway

If you have a child in high school or college (or are in college yourself) you will LOVE this new calculator by Texas Instruments. According to the company, “the TI-Nspire handheld with Touchpad empowers students to learn across different visual representations of a problem, developing a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. When students can see the math in different ways, they are able to broaden their critical thinking skills and discover meaningful real-world connections.  The Scratchpad on the enhanced home screen allows you to quickly perform calculations and graphs without saving work.  Includes a Touchpad and the ability to use the TI-Nspire Rechargeable Battery (sold separately).”

TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator Features

  • Like a computer in your hand. The versatile graphing calculator has many computer-like features, including a large, high-resolution screen, drop down menus and a built-in cursor which helps students explore problem solving strategies in real-time.
  • Save and review work. Thanks to electronic document capabilities and built-in 20 MB of storage, students can create, save and edit their work similar to the word processing and file storage of a computer.
  • 2 calculators, plus computer software, in one. Interchangeable keypads allow students to use the calculator in TI-Nspire, TI-84 Plus and TI-83 Plus modes, and included computer software brings the TI-Nspire experience to a PC or Mac.

The calculator also comes with freebies like free access to AP, SAT and ACT prep questions from The Princeton Review, free minutes of online homework help from tutor.com, and free downloadable games and applications.

My high-schoolers take:

My younger sister, Morgan, who is a freshman in high-school was excited to get this brand new calculator. She is just learning to use the calculator but is excited about all of it’s features, especially the keyboard.

Giveaway:

One Making Time For Mommy reader will win a “Math Makeover” kit (a $200 value) which includes:

*    A new TI-Nspire with Touchpad and computer software so students can bring their graphing calculator experience to a PC or Mac.
*    60 free minutes at Tutor.com.
*    Several other fun items, including T-shirts, water bottles and cell phone charms.

How To Enter (leave a comment for each entry):

  1. Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy by email or RSS
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  3. Tweet: Enter to #win a new TI-Nspire graphing calculator at www.makingtimeformommy.com from @aliciamarie112
  4. Leave a comment telling me why your child (or you) need a math makeover.

Giveaway ends on October 3, 2010 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was sent a TI-Nspire Graphing calculator in exchange for my honest opinion about the product.)