The TI-Nspire for Beginners (TI-Nspire (TM) Tutorials: Getting Started With the TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator)

| August 8, 2013


The TI-Nspire for Beginners (TI-Nspire (TM) Tutorials: Getting Started With the TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator)

At a breakneck pace, students, teachers, and schools around the world are adopting the TI-Nspire as their graphing calculator of choice. However, with the popular TI-83 series dominating math classrooms around the world for over a decade, many students and teachers are still scrambling to figure out how to use the powerful new TI-Nspire.

This brief TI-Nspire tutorial book is a simple way to get started on the TI-Nspire graphing calculator. Whether you are a high school student who’s never picked up a graphing calculator or a teacher looking to get current with the latest technology, you’ll find numerous tutorials in this book to get you started. Button press sequences and dozens of screen captures will help guide you through the process of learning to use the TI-Nspire.

Since this book is full of tutorials for beginners, the focus is on the basics of the TI-Nspire. Whether your target mathematics level is Algebra I, Calculus, or anywhere in between, you’ll find that these tutorials will help you achieve a comfort level with the Nspire. While numerous features of the Nspire are touched on, the focus in this volume is on basic navigation and settings of the Nspire, calculator features, and graphing features. Examples are explained for every type of window, including spreadsheets and data and statistics.

Regardless of what version of the TI-Nspire you own, CAS or non-CAS, clickpad, touchpad, or the TI-Nspire CX, you will find that the TI-Nspire tutorials are aligned to your calculator. These tutorials are written for TI-Nspire OS 3.2, the latest version of the operating system released in June 2012. If you have an older version of the operating system on your TI-Nspire, you will find directions in the book on where to turn to update your calculator at no additional cost. Any version of the TI-Nspire is capable of running the latest OS 3.2, whether you have the original grayscale TI-Nspire clickpad or the latest full color TI-Nspire CX.

Lucas Allen has taught in the public high schools of Illinois for over 10 years. In recent years, he has focused much of his effort into learning and teaching with the TI-Nspire. As the coach of the Morton High School math team, his coaching strategies with the TI-Nspire CAS have resulted in numerous trophies at the state finals, including the 2012 Illinois math team state championship. He blogs about math education technologies, including the TI-Nspire, at


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