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Wireless network system boosts learning experience

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless network? classroom network? TI Navigator?

Texas Instruments Inc. is rolling its TI-Nspire Navigator wireless classroom network system to empower teachers and students with a flexible learning experience that encourages an interactive, collaborative classroom.

For teachers, the wireless network is a potent way to gauge student understanding and foster student engagement. For students, it's an interactive tool that enables them to become more responsible for their own learning.

The TI-Nspire Navigator system connects TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire CAS handhelds equipped with a wireless cradle to the teacher's laptop and projector. Teachers can assess student progress instantly through tools such as the quick poll and screen captures. With data gathered from these tools, teachers can adjust their instruction to make sure all students understand the concept at hand before moving on to the next topic. As a result, students are more engaged in learning. TI-Nspire handhelds help students build critical thinking skills and explore cause-and-effect relationships in mathematics through real-time manipulation.

The TI-Nspire Navigator system also cuts class time spent on administrative tasks by providing teachers with a fast, efficient way to distribute, collect, save, grade and record student work and other files. It allows them to gain access to resources like Algebra Nspire and Geometry Nspired, which enable teachers to get to the math faster through classroom-ready lessons that are aligned to textbooks and state standards.

Donald Worcester, mathematics instructor and curriculum leader at Winter Park High School in Florida, is one of about two dozen educators who have piloted the TI-Nspire Navigator system. The pilot included a wide range of math classes and involved about 3,000 students nationwide. He said that he has witnessed an increase in engagement and collaboration as students delve more intently into math concepts. As a result they become more responsible for their own learning.

"The TI-Nspire Navigator system lets students compare work and explore incorrect answers in a non-threatening environment," Worcester said. "In five minutes, I can get an assessment of where my kids are and adjust my lesson accordingly. I can make sure none of my students gets left behind day-by-day and over time."

Melendy Lovett, president of Texas Instruments Education Technology, said the TI-Nspire Navigator system is the latest example of the company's commitment to providing teachers with the tools and resources they need to help their students succeed.

"Our customers tell us that the TI-Nspire Navigator system helps to facilitate learning because it gives educators powerful insight into student understanding," Lovett says. "We want teachers to be able to focus on the mathematics using technology as a teaching and learning tool. Our classroom-ready activities and professional development programs ease the technology learning curve and enable teachers to focus on the math, not figuring out how to use the technology."

The TI-Nspire Navigator system is available now through instructional dealers.

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