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    TI-Nspire summer workshops at Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis, IN

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Indianapolis TI User Group

TI-Nspire and TI Graphing Calculator Support

 at Covenant Christian H.S. View Map

FREE, local professional development

Encouraging and equipping local math and science teachers in their effective use of graphing calculators in the classroom. See the latest TI technology and discuss ideas for improving your use.

Future T3 in the Neighborhood meeting:

Saturday, April 23rd at Avon High School


 If you've done an interesting activity with TI technology we would love to have you come and share.

We are aiming for a meeting Saturday meeting in October, January, and then we'll see you at NCTM in Indy.

- Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 from 9-12a.m. Refreshments, meet and greet begin at 9. Share what was learned at the NCTM conference.

Learn about what's new with the TI-Nspire 3.0 Operating System (free upgrade), and TI-Nspire Navigator. Play with data collection probes like motion detector CBR2 and Vernier temperature probes.


Other UPCOMING events  (**I'm speaking at it. *I plan to submit or have submitted a proposal to speak)

-** Thur-Sat, December- NSTA, in Nashville, TN

Friday, December 3 12:30–1:30 PM, Lincoln C,
"Formative Assessment and Data Collection with the TI- Nspire™ Navigator™"


-** Fri-Sat, January 21-22, 2011 iMATHination, in Chicago, IL

Math, Science, Technology Conference


-**Fri-Sat, Feb 25-27, 2011  T3 International Conference, San Antonio, TX (next year it is in Chicago)


-**April 13-16, 2011  NCTM Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

"Improving Assessment and Inquiry with Technology: TI-Nspire™ Navigator and SMART™", Friday, April 15, 2011: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM, Indianapolis Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 3


**April 11-13, 2011 - NCSM Annual Conference  "On Track for Student Success: Mathematics Leaders Making a Difference", Indianapolis, IN
**Tues-Thur June 28-30, 2011, TI-Nspire Summer Workshop at Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, IN

  "Connecting Math & Science" - Beginner level   Getting Started with TI-Nspire

  "High School Mathematics" - Beginner level   Getting Started with TI-Nspire 

  "Algebra" - Intermediate comfort level with the technology - TI-Nspire for intermediate users



Notes and resources





- ExploringLogs with TI-Nspire.doc 78kB

- demo.tns


TI-Nspire links

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See side bar at Bird's TI-Nspire site 












The following are sessions given at various T3 , NCTM & NSTA conferences

(Notebook files are viewable with Notebook Interactive Viewer <10MB)


NCTM, San Diego, CA, April 2010

TTT/NCTM 10NspireNavSMART.notebook (3MB)

TTT/NCTM 10NspireNavSMART.pdf (3MB be patient)

TTT/2010 Handout NspireNav-NCTM.doc

TTT/2010 Handout NspireNav-NCTM.pdf


TTT/a Class Opener_Slope.tns

TTT/Introduction Questions.tns


NSTA, Fort Lauderdale, FL Nov 12, 2009

2009 NSTA handout NspireNav.pdf


ACSI Convention Oct 8, 2009

 HandoutNspireSMART. pdf 


T3 International Conference in Seattle, Feb 28, 2009, 11:15-12:45

TTTcalcSMARTnspireSeattle09 SMART Notebook 1.9 MB (pdf 2.5 MB) - the files shared at this workshop included some of these these (0.7 MB) - please get the accompanying Teacher Instructions and Student Worksheets from



SWICTM Conference, Evansville, IN, Saturday, April 19, 2008, 10:35-11:55a.m.



80-Min Hands-on session to share what is new with TI technology.


T3 International Conference, Dallas, TX, Saturday, March 1, 2008, 8:15-9:45a.m.

Session #227


TI-Nspire™ CAS Primer and Calculus with TI-Nspire™ Technology and SMART Board™ Technology

90-Minute Hands-On - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced - TI-Nspire™ CAS

From new users to those who want to learn about some of the more advanced features of TI-Nspire™ CAS technology, this sessions offers hands-on activities featuring the use of this integrated multiple representation math and science learning technology. Receive a handout of “TI-Nspire™ CAS Primer (especially for TI-83/84 users)” written by the presenter. Calculus .tns files of activities and explorations will be available and demonstrated using a SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard.


ICTM Oct 22 in Indianapolis & T3/MEGSL Nov 2, 2007, in St. Louis

Exploring Logs with TI-Nspire.doc

BoxProbByBird.tns the original ppt used to be found on but it recently disappeared


T3 International Conference, Chicago - Saturday, March 10, 2007, 11:15a.m.-12:45p.m.

Session #287 ANTS, Slalom, ACT SAT  - New/Improved Programs for Teaching Advanced Algebra Topics with a TI-84 plus

ANTS = "Advancing kNowledge of Transformations" or "Asymptotes Need Training Situations." This is an Algebra 2 or a review and extension topic for Calculus students. It can be done with any calculator in the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus family. Slalom, like ANTS, is an educational game. Students slalom a course using higher-degree polynomials. Considering the zeros, or roots, is especially reinforced. Other programs and APPS will also be shared and described.                         

  TTT/Session287.pdf session notes


83/84 programs [Most following files are all in If your calculator is connected to your computer, and you have TI Connect, in the zipped file, right click and "Send to TI Device..."]


 AANTS2.8XP - ANTS with instructions and split screen for 1st try

 AASL.8xp - similar to slalom.

 ACTSAT.8xp - not an educational game like the other ones.


 Slalom gates are put in Plot3 Word doc

 ANTS pdf from SMART Notebook.pdf



 ANTS assignment Word doc



ICTM Fall Conference, Indianapolis, IN - October 23, 2006, Monday, 9-10:30a.m.

ANTS, Slalom, ACT SAT   (see above)                                  


NCTM Regional Chicago - September 20-21, 2006

(Instructions updated for using Flash Studio 89 Emulator - Word doc)


Session #94  Some Math Goodies: SMG and How CAS Can Amazingly Supercharge and Algebra Class

& #199 Using SMG among the Multiple Representations and Technologies for Algebra

Session199UsingSMG&AlgebraTiles.pdf or as a SMART Notebook

Session199UsingSMG&AlgebraTiles.notebook  (or use Session199UsingSMG&

Session94SMGtour.pdf - handout

TISMG.89k - Symbolic Math Guide APP (download to TI-89)

Ready for classroom use

Distributive Property PowerPoint

Word document handouts                corresponding SMG problem sets (Click this. It works.)

Algebra Review Formulae (I've used in Physics)                 algrev.89y

Distributive Property                                                    distrib.89y

Completing the Square                                               complsqr.89y

Multiplying Binomials                                                   mltbinom.89y

Ready for Calc class                                  





Algebra Tile link -


T3 Regional Evansville, IN - June 12 & 13, 2006


Bird with George W. 
at Washington D.C.
T^3 conference 2005

Session #58:   ANTS, Slalom, ACT SAT   (see above)                                  

  TTT/Session58.pdf session notes, ANTSsmartview.notebook

83/84 programs


TTT/AANTS2.8XP - ANTS with instructions and split screen for 1st try

TTT/AASL.8xp - similar to slalom.

TTT/ACTSAT.8xp - not an educational game like the other ones.


Slalom gates are put in Plot3

TTT/ANTS pdf from SMART Notebook.pdf



ANTS assignment Word doc


Session #40:

Slope fields the easy way on 89 & StudyCards   calculus.dematch.89t install this IMPROVED script on your 89 for answers to DE Match handout


Session #71:

TTT/Session71SMGtour.pdf - handout

TTT/TISMG.89k - Symbolic Math Guide APP

Algebra Review Handout

Problem sets for the TI-89





Notes from NCTM 2006 St. Louis

 Good Advice for taking the AP Calc Exam  Includes "Global Tips," "10 Reminders about calculator," "Top 10 student errors," instructions and AP Calc course descriptions. (notes from NCTM 2006)





This zipped file contain all the following + some


my Calc site

my TI StudyCards page (Using StudyCards ppt)

TI-NspireCAS primer by Sean Bird - A guide to learn the features and become comfortable with the TI-Nspire CAS, especially designed for TI-83/84 users


I gave the following survey to my students on November 8, 2007, after they had used the TI-Nspire CAS for the first 9 weeks: TI-nspireSurvey.doc


Indianapolis TI User GroupEvaluation

User Group Invitation

Revised: 01/17/11.

Two good articles on the use of CAS:  1, 2