The start of the school year brings all types of supply lists to parents, but the latest twist is the new calculator race.  Every year newer more expensive models arrive and this year is no exception.

The TI-Nspire is a mathematics computer disguised as a calculator.  The top model features a touch screen and allows side by side comparisons of different ways of working out solutions.  Software is available to allow the transfer of information from the TI-Nspire to a home computer or laptop.

I don’t know if graphing calculators actually make children smarter, but I am all for anything that engages interest in performing well in math.

Don’t forget the apple, for the kid, not the teacher.