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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  • When I was in school, math was not really my favorite thing. If I had to pick a type of math that I dislike less than the others, it would definitely be Algebra 1. I liked it because it felt more like figuring out a puzzle to me. Algebra 2 gets too complicated, and I really hated Geometry!

    BUT…fast forward 20 years, and my son LOVES math (especially Geometry – go figure!). He’s doing Algebra 2 this year as a 9th grader, so he would really enjoy having a calculator that does more than just basic operations.

  • Math was always so tough for me. This would be a great help to my son who just started jr high and we have him in tutoring.

  • I homeschool my two kids. We have been wanting one of these faboulous instruments. And Texas Instruments ROCK!! I love Algebra and Geomotry. Never gave the others a try, but now that I am homeschooling I think it would be fun. This is cool you are giving one away.

  • I would love to get this for my daughter. She is a senior in high school, and is planning to go to college to become a math teacher. She absolutely loves all math. She is enjoying Pre-Calculas this year.

  • I would love to be able to win this for my daughter. She is a senior in high school. She has a learning disability and excells in math. Her favorite is Pre-Calculas. She is going to go to college to become a math teacher. She also helps others with their math questions to matter which math they are doing.

  • Algebra was my favorite, but all Math rocks now since my son joined his school Math team and really let me see what Math is really all about through their many competitions. Math is now cool!

  • I teach math in Middle School. My favorite subject to learn & to teach in the realm of mathematics is Algebra. I did teach Geometry last year to advanced 8th graders. I could really use this calculator to help demonstrate some things better. Thanks for considering me.
    Denise

  • My absolute favorite math subject was and is ALGEBRA! Algebra Rocks! I have 3 sons and all of them do very well in Math. My oldest is hoping to become a professional skateboarder but he also wants to get a degree in drafting. I think he could utilize this awesome calculator the most.

  • My fav was definitely Algebra – loved it! My son would love this for his high school math classes:)

  • Geometry was my favorite!!
    Now my daughter is taking it this year in high school and I cannot wait to help her with that homework! Finally something I know and loved about High School.

  • My favorite subject was Algebra and Pre calculus! I loved loved my math teacher Mrs Washburn! She made me grow up loving math and being very good at it! Thanks teach!

  • Oh this would be so awesome to win! I LOVED math in high school but Geometry was definitely my favorite of them all! Thank you for the chance!

  • My 14 yr old is in her second year of Calculus after school at a local college. I could only afford to buy her a calculator on Ebay and it is in rough shape. It also goes through batteries like crazy because it is old, I guess. She could really use this new one and it would make her day. I love Calculus because she loves Calculus and it makes her happy to be with other math loving kids. It is her favorite class of the week even though we have to drive 30 minutes back and forth twice a week to get there after her full school day!

  • Absolutely loved Algebra and Statistics, hence the reason I started back to school, to get my degree in accounting! It would really help!

  • My favorite math class was Triganometry. I was in advanced classes and really liked this class. My oldest daughter just started high school and is.taking honors classes. She just told me she.needs a scientific calculator. With 6 kids I know it will get lots of use..

  • Geometry made more sense for me. I also had an amazing teacher. it was the first time i recieved a B in math.. my best lol. I loved buisness finance.. we learned to balance check books etc. that one really prepared me for the real world.

  • I disliked math in general until I took Algebra in college. My instructor really made it all make sense, and I continue to use those algebraic equations today! Go ALGEBRA!

  • Calculus!! I wanted to be a math major at one point, but then chose Accounting instead…always had a way with the numbers, though. 😀

  • I love everything math and even minored in it in college. I probably loved Algebra and Geometry the most. I think I would have liked Statistics even more if I had had a better teacher.

  • I really enjoyed Math, until I got into Pre-Calculus… Maybe if I’d had an awesome calcuator like this I would have found it easier, but I don’t think they were making them back in my day, lol!! I love that you came up with any everyday way to use it: gives me hope that the one I need to purchase for my daughter to use in her Alegebra II class this year will get lots of use

  • I’ll be honest and say that math is not my strong suit. The best math class I took was Business Math. My daughters on the other hand.. one is in a math club and the other in high school is taking Algebra and needs a graphing calculator so I’m entering for her. Good luck all.

  • Algebra was definitely my favorite, but I loved math period! Everything else in school really bored me. I guess I should have became an accountant or something! 🙂

  • I don’t know about a FAVORITE math subject… I just took the required classes and lived on the fact that my neighbor was my math teacher! However, my husband is going back to college, and STRUGGLING through College Calc and Chemistry classes, and I think this could really help him in BOTH classes!

  • I had the most wonderful math teacher ever and loved math all through high school and college. I give him credit for getting me hooked on numbers. I am now private tutoring and I have a student that would benefit greatly with this calculator. I have a TI-83 but it just recently died.

  • My favorite subject in high school was Trig. I rushed to that class everyday – couldn’t wait to see what the teacher had in store for us!!!

  • I have four teenage sons (five total at home) and three of them are in Algebra II. We would LOVE to win a calculator to help them with their schooling. Two of them want to work towards something in the medical field such as anesthesiology, etc. I have always loved math, but I could NOT understand calculus. Hopefully, my kids will get a better chance than I did. Thank you for your consideration.

  • I enjoyed Algebra I had a great math teacher, he taught math great but when I had him for science he was not a great science teacher. I have 6 daughters and would love to have it to help them with their math, esp since 3 of them are already higher than I got in math.

  • I guess you could say Algebra was my favorite because I finally got the hang of it after repeating the class twice. Math was never a good subject for me, but my oldest son is a math genius. I also have a daughter who is as good in math as I was lol.

  • My favorite math classes had to be linear algebra and calculus. It was like a whole new exciting language. Now my daughter is in high school and taking algebra and could really use a new calculator.

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