The students have been using their own TI-NspireTM handhelds since September 2008 and I started to use TI-NspireTM NavigatorTM with them in May 2009. In this lesson sequence I used the File transfer, Screen Capture, Live Presenter features and I plugged in the GoTemp probe to my TI-NspireTM handheld to do the data collection.
In this activity Screen Capture was an essential tool to enable me to pick out a graph I wanted to discuss with the class and this also told the students that it is their contribution and not the teacher’s who does everything all the time. With TI-NspireTM NavigatorTM the students were part of the contribution in a completely different way and it felt as though they appreciated their increased involvement. The value of letting the students discover different parts of maths is enormous and I think it will trigger off new approaches from the students that I don’t know yet. It is very exciting, I think, and maybe also a bit scary?