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TI-Nspire for iPad Updates
Posted by Ryan on 20 February 2013, 20:10 GMT

After a brief app store hiccup, the TI-Nspire apps for the iPad (standard and CAS versions alike) are now fully up and at 'em. The software can most certainly perform all of the features that you would expect from your Nspire, including graphing, functions, statistics, and so on. Texas Instruments is definitely gearing this application towards educational settings, offering instructors free, one-year licenses of both the standard and CAS desktop software with their iPad app, which they have designed with 7th grade up through college level courses in mind. The official press release from Texas Instruments lists some intriguing features that appear to be aligned with their educational integration goal, those being (quoted from press release):

  • All-in-one functionality for performing calculations in proper math notation; graphing and exploring functions, equations and inequalities; constructing and exploring geometric figures; creating, plotting and analyzing data in lists and spreadsheets.

  • Interactive keyboard that toggles between math notation and QWERTY configurations for placing notes and instructions alongside problems.

  • Dynamically linked multiple representations of problems that encourage students to make crucial connections by observing how equations change as they touch and interact with shapes, graphs and objects on the screen.

  • Familiar operations for creating and saving documents and sharing them using email, iTunes, and other file sharing options.

  • Interaction with the built-in iPad camera interface that enables students to take photos, import them into the app and overlay graphs and equations on them to illustrate abstract math principles in the physical world.

The camera support and mode of document sharing seem to be the most interesting of features, as these are conceptually new to the growing NSpire series family. Further support of the software itself includes a full two days of workshops being held at their conference next month, which is encouraging hope that the software will remain supported in the long run. There is no general word yet on the app's performance speed (relative the the desktop software versus the handheld device).

There is currently no support for interfacing measurement instrumention with the TI-NSpire for iPad app, as adaptors do not seem to exist for these purposes as of the moment. This will likely limit the app's generalizability to field work and laboratory settings. A laurel (and hardy handshake) to anyone who is up for surmounting this challenge!

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Re: TI-Nspire for iPad Updates
matrefeytontias  Account Info

Do you think it still support Ndless ? I don't know the OS it uses though.

Reply to this comment    21 February 2013, 09:09 GMT

Re: Re: TI-Nspire for iPad Updates
Ryan Boyd Account Info
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matrefeytontias, I honestly cannot say. I actually have a copy of the CAS version of the app but have yet to find the time to check it out. I am generally less familiar with the actual workings of the Nspire than those who do a lot with it, so hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be able to weigh in on that.

Reply to this comment    21 February 2013, 15:50 GMT

Re: Re: TI-Nspire for iPad Updates
adriweb Account Info
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No, sorry, it won't, since the software and hardware aren't the same (and it has to be exactly as what the Ndless exploits expect, in order to work)

Reply to this comment    21 February 2013, 15:54 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TI-Nspire for iPad Updates
Ryan Boyd Account Info
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adriweb, thanks for clearing that up :)

Reply to this comment    21 February 2013, 16:29 GMT

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