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TMCNet:  Texas Instruments unveils two new apps for iPad

[February 25, 2013]

Texas Instruments unveils two new apps for iPad

Feb 25, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Texas Instruments, a designer and a manufacturer of semiconductors, has announced the release of two new apps: TI-Nspire App for iPad and TI-Nspire CAS App for iPad.

"The apps fill a critical need for an all-in-one math teaching and learning tool designed specifically for the iPad," said Lovett. "TI is extending the proven benefits of TI-Nspire technology to the tablet platform. TI's goals are to provide educators with the most powerful math apps for the iPad and to engage students while helping them reach a deeper conceptual understanding of math.

"Beyond the new Apps for iPad, TI continues to support teachers by providing world-class professional development, and access to free classroom-ready activities for use with the TI-Nspire Apps for iPad; activities can be integrated seamlessly into curriculum and are available at TI's Math Nspired website." The TI-Nspire Apps for iPad were reportedly designed and refined in collaboration with researchers and classroom teachers, including Stephanie Ogden, Dean of R&D at L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, TN, who also teaches Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Statistics and STEM.

"The TI-Nspire Apps for iPad are truly transparent technology, allowing students to touch and interact with math with little awareness of the tool in their hands. Students experience mathematics more directly and they are beyond engagedthey are excited about learning," Ogden said.

Key features of the apps, which meet curriculum needs from 7th grade through college, include: all-in-one functionality; interactive keyboard; dynamically linked multiple representations of problems; familiar operations for creating and saving documents and sharing them using email, iTunes; interaction with the built-in iPad camera interface.

In addition, the TI-Nspire CAS App for iPad has a built-in Computer Algebra System (CAS) which enables students to symbolically solve equations, factor and expand variable expressions, complete the square, find derivatives, compute limits, find exact solutions in irrational form and much more, the company said.

The TI-Nspire App for iPad and TI-Nspire CAS App for iPad are available for $29.99 each from the App Store on iPad or online.Teachers are eligible to receive a free, one-year license of the TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire CAS Teacher Software with purchase of one of the TI-Nspire Apps for iPad, the company added.

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