Back To School with Texas Instruments Nspire (up for grabs)

by Pam on September 4, 2012

We have used Texas Instruments Calculators in our family for years. I had one that my husband and I used in college for years, until the kids played grocery store with it when they were little and lost it. I know the calculators are durable, well made and built to last, especially if they can handle little kids dropping them constantly.

While at Blogher12, I had the privilege of attending a breakfast for the Texas Instruments TI-nspire CX hosted by Tom Reardon, a nationally awarded high school math teacher, who shared with us the wonders of this handy little machine in math and science classrooms. I am the first to admit that I hate math in any form and am no help to my children when it comes to equations or formulas, but even I was excited by the TI-nspire, the thinnest and lightest graphing calculator to date. No more bulky calculators that take up an entire backpack. The rechargeable battery allows it to be used for up to two weeks before it needs to be recharged.

The TI-inspire  CX, when available to all students in a classroom, can be attached to a wireless navigator system. This allows teachers to monitor the progress of each child in the classroom and see if the children understand the concepts. Results of the equations can be shown anonymously with only the teacher able to see which students are struggling. This is a breakthrough for teachers who want to help their students understand the concepts immediately while the lesson is in progress. There’s no embarrassment for shy students or students with learning disabilities. As a mom of a child with dysgraphia and as a teacher, I loved these innovations. Equations can be color coded to make them easier to remember, a plus for students with learning disabilities, and real world pictures can be added to the equations for extra memory boosts.

This calculator does contain graphing software and can be used on the SAT, ACT, and on AP exams, but it’s applications for other subjects truly amazed me. It contains a touch pad, which works like a mouse, for entering information. When I was shown how to use the touch pad to type and save notes into a document for other subjects, including my favorites, English and history, I couldn’t wait to give this to my son. His teachers had recommended he bring a notebook to school this year to ensure success when taking notes. Now he can use a calculator instead and transfer his documents to a PC or a Mac. How amazing is that?

I’ve enclosed a video showing how it works and its many uses in the classroom. A parents overview is also available.

This calculator is fun to use! Even I, the math hater, have been experimenting. Although I don’t plan on doing this often, I can use it for Chemical Notation, 3-D graphing, and Conic, Equation and Inequality Graphing. My daughter, who handed me her college schedule, plans on using her TI-nspire for several of her classes. She’s already familiar with the calculator, having used it in Trig, Calculus, Physics, and several other high school classes.

TI-nspire products are available at Walmart or Office Depot. Also, check with your local school system. The school may allow students to borrow one of these calculators for a semester, as my daughter did when in high school.


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Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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eclairre September 4, 2012 at 4:34 am

I like that it can be used SAT, ACT, and on AP exams

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BrunoDogg2 September 4, 2012 at 4:38 am

I like that the batteries are rechargeable!

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nightowl September 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

I like that you can use it to take notes on and transfer the documents to a PC or a Mac.
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Bethany Fields September 4, 2012 at 5:34 am

I like that I could use it in my Statistics class!!!

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Austin Baroudi September 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

The use of Real-world images!!
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Betsy September 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

compatible with pc or mac

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Mysharona September 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I like the color screen

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mkjmc September 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

rechargeable batteries for sure~

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Anonymous September 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Great looking caculator

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scottsgal September 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

you can use this on the ACT tests

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Danielle September 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I’m super impressed this can do Chemical Notations!

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peg42 September 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Love that it’s rechargeable.
Thanks so much.

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Teresa September 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm

It has a long battery life, that’s a big plus!

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rj7777 September 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I like the touch pad and color codes and much more. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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8KidzForMe September 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I like that it contain graphing software and can be used on the SAT, ACT, and on AP exams and also the touch pad.
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Fawn September 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I like that you can take notes and transfer them to your PC
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debijackson September 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I like the taking notes and transferring them to the pc at home debbie jackson,
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Sandy VanHoey September 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I like that you said it contains a touch pad, which works like a mouse

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carol roberts September 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

This calculator does contain graphing software and can be used on the SAT, ACT, and on AP exams,

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tannawings September 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I am amazed this thing will take notes- calculators have come far! PLUS it hooks up to a PC – also amazing!

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degood September 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I like that it does 3-D graphing.

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Robin Quick September 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I like that it can be attached to a wireless navigator system.

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Hoa September 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

My favorite feature is the real-world images.

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Maryann D. September 5, 2012 at 12:20 am

I like that it has graphing software. Great for college kids.
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mummytotwoboys September 5, 2012 at 12:31 am

I like the color coding options

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momznite September 5, 2012 at 2:07 am

The touch pad and ability to type and save notes is a nice feature.

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BowieTip September 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

Chemical notations.

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Rusthawk September 5, 2012 at 3:28 am

the graphing function – my son needs this for class

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jacqgrif September 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

I like the second function.

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wildcat32 September 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

My favorite feature is the color screen.

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amanda Phillips September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

The color coding! Several of my family members have numerical dsylexia and this feature would come in handy while doing their homework.

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Anastasia September 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

No batteries! It’s rechargeable!! That will save on the money throughout the life of the calculator & the kids using it :)

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jbmthill September 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

Love the touch pad that functions like a mouse.

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Ann Fantom September 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I like the TI-Nspire™ CX’s 3D graphing capabilities.

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shootin4par September 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

The ability to transfer data from it to your computer

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tarter95 September 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I like the touchpad that works like a mouse.
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wendy September 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

It contains a touch pad, which works like a mouse, for entering information

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BethElderton September 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I like the easy use of chemical notations—my daughter is a Freshman Chem major this Fall
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Pamela Wilson September 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

rechargeable is great and my favorite feature

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Growl Tiger September 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I like the graphic function and color screen

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mogrill September 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I like that it has a long battery life.
Thanks for the chance.
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Sue Ellison September 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I like the 3D graphing feature.

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Annette Doggett September 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

The touch pad is my favorite feature!

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crankyyanky1 September 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I like the rechargeable battery

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Tim September 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

My favorite feature is Conic, Equation and Inequality Graphing.

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Rebecca Graham September 6, 2012 at 12:36 am

I like that it does 3D graphing.

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melsywsou September 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

Rechargeable battery.

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llinda29 September 6, 2012 at 1:39 am

i like that it is thin

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Sonya September 6, 2012 at 3:51 am

With so many neat features, I think the 3D graphing is my favorite! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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SB September 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Chemical notation

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JR911 September 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I like that it can be wireless

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vproo September 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

rechargeable batteries and The ability to transfer data from it to your pc

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heymissvirginia September 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I like that it’s thin!
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ivy arrington September 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I like the graphing software.

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lokigsd September 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

rechargeable batteries – always a plus.

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Jean September 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

I also like the rechargeable batteries

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bison61 September 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

full-color, backlit display and it is thin and light weight

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Kristy Shanklin September 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I love that the batteries are rechargeable.

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Mimi B September 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

The feature I like the best is the graphing, because that’s what my son needs for his math class!

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Shawna September 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I love that teachers can monitor the child’s learning via the wireless navigator capability.

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Clair September 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

that it’s compatable with my pc

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Christine Jessamine September 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

i love the 3D graphing!

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Michele September 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

I love the classroom wireless navigator

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Shannon September 10, 2012 at 6:21 am

I like the touch pad!

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mperkins37 September 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Seems to have everything including the kitchen sink. The boy wants to be an engineer, so he could use it a lot. Thanks.

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Debbie Ellis September 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

It has the rechargeable batteries.

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Trinity Babichuk September 11, 2012 at 1:23 am
jlafount September 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

I love that it has connections to a PC

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Tamar September 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

It’s in color!

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benz1171 September 12, 2012 at 5:53 am

The touch pad.

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Camden September 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

You don’t have to put on the Alpha Lock to write words. And it’s easier to navigate

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Shilo Beedy September 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

I like that you can Visualize in full color and has a backlit display

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Seyma Bennett Shabbir September 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Graphing of course, but also 3d even better!
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jcarrturq5 September 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I like that it’s rechargeable.
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Gala September 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I like that you can use it to take notes on and transfer the documents to your computer

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Anonymous September 15, 2012 at 12:54 am

I like the graphing software

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tweetyscute September 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

I love the 3D graphing

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jill190 September 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

A rechargable battery is a plus.

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Karen F September 16, 2012 at 12:05 am

I like the graphing

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Shelley P September 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I like it has the touch pad to type and save notes that can be later saved in documents on a computer.

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lkvoyer September 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I like that it is acceptable to be used at the SAT and the ACT. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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Auri Lae September 17, 2012 at 5:35 am

I’ve never had a calculator with a touchpad before! Crazy!

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marjeannie September 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

touchpad.

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Mike Anderson September 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Graphing features all the way best ever features.

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SaucheyR September 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

the touchpad and capability to take notes

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Renea Greathouse September 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

It’s rechargeable!!!

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Morgan September 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

A rechargeable battery

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Justin Henry September 18, 2012 at 1:08 am

The fact that it’s rechargable

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Elvira Prunn September 18, 2012 at 3:48 am

Use it to take notes on and transfer the documents to a computer.

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Kendra Warstler September 18, 2012 at 4:44 am

The statistics function is super cool!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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kyl neusch September 18, 2012 at 4:44 am

3-D graphing

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Claire September 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

The graphing features will be useful for the math classes I’m taking.

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Jason September 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

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Jason September 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm

My kids would like this for school. My favorite feature is the size. No more bulky graphing calculators

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Jodi September 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I love that you can hook it up to a pc

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ashley September 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Graphing and and battery longevity is pretty cool!

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Mellanhead September 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I love how long the battery lasts and youu can use it for alot

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PR4GatheringRoses September 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Graphing!

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Anonymous September 19, 2012 at 1:34 am

This calculator does contain graphing software and can be used on the SAT, ACT, and on AP exams.

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Jill Myrick (jsc123) September 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

I like that the graphing software can be used on SAT, ACT and AP exams.

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Jen September 19, 2012 at 4:27 am

the graphing function

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lynn September 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

touch pad calculator!

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Roy F. September 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

Ability to transfer documents to a computer

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Webb W. September 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Graphing

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Ericka September 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I love that it has a rechargeable battery and last up to 2 weeks before needing a charge again

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susan1215 September 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I like the 3D graphing feature

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Jeni September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I like the color full screen

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Alicia Ponce September 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The graphing features and 3D effect.

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Anonymous September 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I like the touch pad.
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Erica C. September 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I like that they have color screens now.
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Daniel M September 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

the graphing capabilities – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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njsunbunny September 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

The feature that I like is that my daughter can use it for her high school math homework and I don’t have to stress myself out!

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samf36 September 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

all students in a classroom, can be attached to a wireless navigator system

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Brett Monster September 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I like that it has rechargable batteries

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey September 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

rechargeable batteries
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Jammie Morey September 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

The colored screen!

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RebaFan September 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

This is great it can be used on ACT tests!

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trichie September 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm

rechargable battery

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kathy pease September 20, 2012 at 12:50 am

I like that the Equations can be color coded

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Malteny September 20, 2012 at 1:52 am

I like the rechargeable batteries. (Marla B)

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Chip September 20, 2012 at 2:30 am

Love that it can be used for even taking notes!! Love it can be transferred to a pc afterwards.

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Gianna September 20, 2012 at 4:54 am

It’s rechargeable.

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Michelle L September 20, 2012 at 5:22 am

I like that it has a touchpad screen.

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Deb Christie September 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

I like the wireless navigator feature that allows a teacher to monitor student progress.

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Mya Murphy September 20, 2012 at 11:06 am
cassandra September 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

I like that if all kids have them the teacher can actually track what they are doing and see if they are getting it!
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WriterKathy1 September 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I like the touchpad screen and I love that it can be used on tests.

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Sherry Conrad September 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

3d graphing

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sparkedcat September 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I like that the battery will last up to two weeks before recharging

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Angela Neynaber September 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I like the touch pad!

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Saver Sara September 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

The color screen is great

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shanta spradlin September 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I like that you can type and save notes. My daughter would love this

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kat September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I hate to buy batteries all the time and I like that the batteries are rechargeable!

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Lucinda H September 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

the durability

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susansmoaks September 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

the color screen and the long battery power too!

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micheal dale grim September 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

i really like that it is rechargable that is a great feature!!!

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wallindeb September 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

the touchpad and capability to take notes

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Angela Cisco September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I like that it has a rechargeable battery

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I like that fact that it has a touch pad. ladyvon at grm dot net.

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Marianna September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I like the graphing software that can be used for the ACT – my son will be taking that test soon

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clynsg September 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I like the fact that the teacher can monitor the progress of the child–using the calculator is great but they still need to understand the concepts.

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Tammy Mauk September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I like that it can be used on ACT!tammymaukatyahoodotcom

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Anonymous September 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I like the color screen!

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Rgarden7 September 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

The touch pad for taking notes, would be a favorite feature of mine.

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Anonymous September 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

My son would love this!

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Lisa Fonseca September 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm

The touch pad for entering information.

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Jennifer Peaslee September 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

The touch pad/mouse feature is my fav

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Chrissy Nestor September 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I love that it has the spftware with it. That’s awesome!

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bbrittbrat1398 September 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm
Brad Merrell September 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

It’s really good that it can do 3D graphing. It is useful for school.

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Melanie Montgomery September 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

i like the 3d graphing feature.

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Victoria R. September 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

LOVE that you can use it for chemistry with chemical notation and math – 3d graphing!

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Jessica Anderson September 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

My favorite feature is the touch pad, for entering info.

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Lorri S September 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

I like that it is compatible with my computer

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Laura Ward September 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

I love that it is rechargeable! We’ve come a long way baby!

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Anonymous September 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

I like the color & compatibility.

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ltlbitone September 21, 2012 at 12:41 am

The graph charts.

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Alisha L. September 21, 2012 at 12:43 am

The Touchpad is awesome!

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Hotsnotty2 September 21, 2012 at 12:58 am

I like that you can take notes and transfer them to your PC

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Veronica September 21, 2012 at 1:07 am

I’m a fan of the colored screen!

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huggr1960 September 21, 2012 at 1:24 am

The fact that it can transfer notes and information unto a computer or laptop !! What a different world man…

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Breanne September 21, 2012 at 1:24 am

I like how thin it is

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bev September 21, 2012 at 1:38 am

I like that you can transfer your documents to a PC. Thanks for this contest.

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Lynde Foy September 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

That my son could use it to take notes & transfer it to the computer!

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/\Heather/\ September 21, 2012 at 2:57 am

It’s the touch pad! All kinds of cool stuff to choose from, though.

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Charlene Kuser September 21, 2012 at 3:07 am

My favorite feature is that it is thin and lightweight

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Jim September 21, 2012 at 3:13 am

i like the large screen

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Anonymous September 21, 2012 at 3:25 am

I like the 3d graphing and the fact that it takes notes is really cool wilcarvic
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cindiizzy September 21, 2012 at 3:32 am

I like the chemical notation

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rebecca11111 September 21, 2012 at 3:37 am

I like the touch pad and color codes

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Gaines7 September 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I like the graphing feature.

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Brian E. September 21, 2012 at 3:46 am

Thanks for the giveaway… rechargeable battery !

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purango September 21, 2012 at 3:51 am

The touch pad is my favorite feature. garrettsambo@aol.com

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