The history of efforts to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula has included a number of change initiatives over the past 50 years at every level of education from elementary through post-secondary. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has published a framework for development of common core standards for science (Standards, 2011). Of particular importance for this discussion are five of the eight practices of science identified in the framework: planning and carrying out investigations (in particular, data collection); analyzing and interpreting data; developing and using models; using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking; engaging in argument from evidence.
These five practices frame this paper. Specifically, this report examines how features of TI’s Nspired Learning system (including TI-Nspire and TI-Navigator, align with the need to build the practice of science into the curriculum, through the combination of hardware, software and research-based practices for learning and instruction.