TInspire Calculators to enhance curriculum.
I am hoping for an update of our handheld graphing calculator technology, to "inspire" a technologically savvy student population and align with the high school math classes in our high school credit math class(es) here at Mill Creek.
Currently, at Mill Creek, we offer two high school credit math courses available to mostly eighth graders and some seventh graders, Adv. Geometry and Algebra. All the DHS math classes have sets of T-Inspire calculators for their students to use while in class. Here at Mill Creek, we have graphing calculators that do still work, however, they are fading fast. Other than the one set of T-Inspires which are eight years old and working great, the Ti-83s we are using are over 20 years old and the Ti-84s are almost 20 years old. While they do work, the set I have in my classroom for my Algebra students, I have had to replace batteries endlessly this year, they also are very slow. I realized as I teach some of the capabilities of the graphing calculators, the students just aren't as amazed or enthusiastic as they used to be, likely because their technological abilities and expectations are at a different level now. The new Inspires would be enticing and exciting, making the students more intrigued by all that they can do, and we would be aligned with the technology offered at the high school. Having the students comfortable with the graphing calculators will also be helpful in standardized testing, with the PSAT and ultimately the SAT.