|Re: [OT]TI-Nspire CX|
Message #55 Posted by Han on 28 Feb 2011, 11:01 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Manolo Sobrino
I don't know if TI will ever get the message, but many teachers (at the moment) simply DO NOT CARE for the Inspire. As powerful and feature rich as it may be, its increasing resemblance to a computer equipped with a computer algebra system makes it more of a hassle and LESS appealing as a tool that would be useful in the class. All our faculty members have one, and they are simply collecting dust in our desks. The best use of the Inspire would be for teaching, and not so much for students who want to do calculations. Yet, TI is a long way from creating an easy method for teachers to actually use their Inspire in the classroom.
For those not familiar with the Inspire, it is quite cumbersome to create a "project" on the Inspire. If you want to actually create something to be used in class, you are better off using their software (on the PC), and then downloading it onto the calculator. And the software requires registration as opposed to just being freely available with the unit itself.
Now, if I am already going to have to use a PC to create a project, I would rather just use whatever I already have and am familiar with as opposed to having to learn about yet another piece of software. Secondly, the software TI provides is essentially an emulator -- which raises the question: If I can just show my students what their calculator will do with the software TI has provided, why bother using the calculator? Secondly, every student would need to have such a calculator to see the project; otherwise you would need an additional projection unit should you not want to show them the emulation. It is much more likely that classrooms today are equipped with computers. Not too many classrooms have sets of calculators -- they just are not worth the money.
And the switch to "documents" is actually a pain in the rear. It makes programming the Inspire also a pain (and last I checked, their "language" is rather limited as far as input/output is concerned).
Both TI and HP are so out of touch with the educational sector -- and the funny thing is that TI already invests quite a bit into their calculator line in terms of support (eg conferences and workshops for teachers). Yet most people I talk to in academia have simply tossed the Inspire aside. Too complicated to be a calculator, and yet not powerful enough to be a computer. No one cares for these hybrid units when you have smartphones that are much more powerful.
Edited: 28 Feb 2011, 11:02 a.m.