Math Rocks! GIVEAWAY! (Texas Instruments TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator Review)


I’m what they call a “geek”.  Not sure if you noticed, but I like technology.  When I was in high school, I was a big fan of math.  English and history and the like were definitely not my forte.  In 9th grade when I was taking Geometry I even wrote (as in made up/created) a theorem.  Yes, my very own theorem.  I’m not sure what it was about anymore, but I think it had something to do with triangles.  I really should have kept it.

When I was a sophmore in High School I purchased (or probably had my parents purchase FOR me) my first graphing calculator.  It was a TI-83.  It is now MANY years later, and do you know what is STILL working?  My TI-83.  Before there were smartphones, and netbooks we had our calculators.  My friends and I even wrote several custom programs on our Texas Instruments calculators.  I had one program that when I would run it, it would show me a scripture verse.  We also wrote various programs that would make our homework easier, and other fun things like that (did I mention before that I am a “geek”?)  I hadn’t used my calculator in a while (not a whole lot of reason to find the tangent of something for a stay at home mom), and so I dug it out of it’s drawer when I was first contacted by Texas Instruments to review the TI-Nspire.  I replaced the batteries, and wouldn’t you know it, it still worked, and my programs still ran!

I was definitely excited to check out this new calculator, even though I’m not typically graphing equations anymore.  My nephew is also a math genius.  I wanted to share this new toy with him and help him learn a little bit more advanced math.  Texas Instruments also sent me a t-shirt, that as soon as I saw I knew would be perfect for my nephew.

Now when it came down to actually using it, I started out by heading to the grocery store.  My husband and I are on a super tight budget right now, and I’ve decided to only use cash when going to the grocery store.  I could not, and would not go over my cash allowance for groceries.  I started to enter everything into the calculator that I put into the cart.  What is really great about the calculator is that it keeps the calculations on screen.  So I can calculate how much per item something is, that is on sale for 4 for $5, then go back to the running tally just by looking at the previous line.  The one thing that took me a while to figure out is how to make a fraction into a decimal.  I would enter 4 divided by 5 and it would return 4/5.  Thanks TI-Nspire… I KNOW it’s 4/5’s, can you give me something I can use??  I just had to press the squiggly equals sign in order to get my decimal.  It worked out perfectly, and I had exactly enough cash to purchase my groceries.

My Sister is currently taking a chemistry class in college.  I brought the calculator over to her house and she said that she mainly needs it to find the cubed root of something.  It was easier for me to figure out how to do that then it was to convert the fraction into a decimal.  You just press the N (root) X button and then enter your numbers!  It was so easy!  She borrowed the calculator until she was done with her assignment.

Some other great features of the calculator are…

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.

I remember as a student having to choose between the TI-89 and the TI-83.  If I remember correctly the TI-83 was more for statistics (which was my favorite math subject of all time), and the TI-89 was better for calculus.  Now you don’t have to choose between the two, with the interchangeable keypads!  This calculator is truly all in one!  It also includes software so you can perform the same functions on the larger screen of your computer!  There are even downloads for the calculator and cusomizable options.  The Student Zone on the Texas Instruments site is a great resource for study help, and !

Also, this DEFINITELY wasn’t an option when I was a student, but there is now a “testing mode” function on the calculator to enable you to use it while taking the SAT, AP, ACT, IB®, PSAT/NSMQT, and Praxis™ exams, as well as many state tests.

Texas Instruments clearly makes some quality calculators, and I’m so excited to be able to give away a “Math Makeover Kit” that includes..

  • A new TI-Nspire with Touchpad – this also includes the new 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.

To enter to win simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite math subject was (Geometry, Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, etc).  To be in accordance with FTC guidelines there are no other methods of entry and you are limited to one entry per person.  Giveaway ends September 5th at 8 PM MST.  Thanks!

*Disclosure – Texas Instruments provided me with one calculator to facilitate my review and one to give away on my blog.  All opinions of the device and brand are my own, and I was not told what to say about either.


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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com

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  • I would love to win this for my daughter! Unfortunately, I was not a math whiz in school, but Geometry was probably my favorite because I could ‘see’ what I was trying to do.

  • My favorite Math class was Algebra..loved it..but I did like Geometry, just because of the crazy teacher. We still say his saying that he would always say in class..oh and that was over 10 years ago.

  • I loved vector calculus–I guess I was in major Star Trek mode at the time and thought that I could follow one of those vectors to another universe:) Just now rediscovering my geekatude after a long absence. Would love to connect with a TI-Nspire and introduce it to my son… (is geekatude genetic or environment?)

  • Statistics was more my thing in college since I could see it’s application in real life. That and Accounting if that counts as a math subject. 🙂

  • my sophmore would really get a lot of use out of this:) Wanna win it for him! Loved all forms of math in when I was in school myself…

  • We are a math family. I LOVED all math after leaving arithmetic behind, and have a BA in Math. My FIL was one of my math prof’s in college – he’s got his Dr in ED with emphasis on math. My dh minored in math. My MIL has a brother who teaches math at a different college … we just enjoy math!

    My oldest is teaching herself Geometry – she would love to have a good calculator like this! Looks like I have 3 apples landing close to the Math tree!

  • I would love to win this for my son! He’s in Algebra 2 this year and we have yet to buy him his calculator. My favorite subject in math was Algebra! It was so easy and just made sense! Geometry wasn’t my thing.

  • Math is not my forte’. (I’m so grateful to have a husband who understands it.) My 8th grade son has to have a graphing calculator this year and I have yet to purchase one for him. What a convenient give-away!

    Oh, and if I have to choose, my “least-un-favorite” Math class would be Geometry.

  • Once I got over my fear of it, statistics was my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win this great calculator. 🙂

  • I loved Algebra. Find it is one of the math courses that actually come into real life situations.

  • Getting ready to buy an Nspire for my son. Came across your giveaway.. This would be as awesome as my Trig classes were!! Thank you for this great contest.

  • Hi, love the blog.
    I am so amazed by anyone who understands math. It has always been so hard for me. So I guess my fav math was learning about negative numbers, that was the last time I understood it!
    My two kids are very math savy, I’m amazed at them. We’re supposed to buy this calculator for my daughter this year, and it’s not exactly cheap, so it would be GREAT to win it. (or if anyone knows of any coupons?)

    thanks.

  • My favorite math subject is geometry. Proofs are like puzzles and fun to do. I also like dealing with the figures and the relationships between them. Geometry is also all around us and we use it every day (even if it’s only to recognize an octagonal stop sign)

  • I have always been petrified when it comes to math. I had ADD as a kid and had F’s throughout my childhood. Now I am 58 years old and I am about to try to overcome my paranoia and I am able and willing to forge ahead. With medication(which is amazing)I have the ability to learn and I have so much interest in everything (so much so that I end up at your website). I at one point was so close to completing my BA in Social Work and one of the requirements is Statistics. I need to start with Algebra because I have had no successful experience with any math class. I have been working trying to fill in the gaps in my understanding of math in general. Anyway to make a long story short I would appreciate the help of a calculator. I think that it is important to understand the process of math and not necessarily to recall every formula or rule of math. Thats where a calculator comes in. Thank god.I am excited to move forward.

  • I’m not a math buff but I did sort of enjoy Geometry. LOL!!!
    My Highschool math teacher aunt was my tutor so that was awesome 🙂
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I have three children and my husband is in college so this would be a blessing.

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  • I’m not sure I have a ‘favorite’ math subject.. I’ve honestly struggled in math for such a long time. I did like multiplication and division growing up though! 🙂

    I have had to take Pre and Beginning Algebra, and now I’m entering Intermediate Algebra this semester and a Graphing Calculator is needed. Unfortunately, I do not have the money to get one so I have been asking friends if they had one I could borrow and also looking to see if any are at a reasonable price in the stores. It has been a challenge paying for school on my own, so winning this calculator would sure help me out! Also, finding the extra help I need to pass this class so I can move on to College level Algebra… I think the tutoring would be very beneficial for me as well.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

  • I really need a graphing calculator. I decided to go back to college and am currently taking a Algebra course and need one, unfortunately at this time I could not afford one. :-/

  • I love my statistics and always liked algebra classes. I could really use this to replace my beat up TI84..Thanks for offering this great give away!!!!!!

  • I was great at “Grade School” math. Loved algebra when I was in jr high. Then along came Geometry and ruined it all-ha.

  • Only one I ever really enjoyed was Algebra, but I really think it was because I had an AMAZING teacher.

  • I love Math!! I didn’t like it much to begin with but I really like trig and algebra. I am currently going to school be be a math teacher. This would be awesome for me to have!

  • I loved Algebra the most. Came the most easy for me. My older children are night and day…one “get’s it” without much explanation and the other thinks math is “boring”. Hope something like this product would help them both! Thanks!

  • Algebra was my favorite subject in school. It seemed to come easy to me and I had a great teacher. She is still a life long friend to this day. I hope that my son will grow up to love math as much as I did.

  • Algebra rocks love it and my kids love math too they both are going to college to be accountants.

  • i loved calculus… i think i just liked being smarter than most of my classmates. i remember my mom’s reaction when i told her i need these hoady toady TI calculator for my math and science clases… i thought she was going to have a heart attack right then and there when she saw the sticker price… now i have to wonder the sticker shock i’ll have when my son is older and needs a TI calculator 🙂

  • Um, I would say Algebra would have been my favorite if I had to choose now it might be Geometry now that i’m older!! LOL! I honestly hated math in school but now work in accounting. Coincidence much?!

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