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June 9, 2014 AT 6:00 am

The Evolution of the Texas Instrument Graphing Calculator


We all remember the panic of arriving to a math test in high school and searching frantically for our trusty TI Graphing Calculator among the crumpled papers and leaky pens at the bottom of our backpacks. While deep down we knew, the calculator was sitting on our desk at home. The horror! Mashable published a brief history of the infamous Texas Instruments Graphing Calculator’s role in American Education here:

The education model
TI has remained one of the classroom’s top products by providing a full support system, according to Peter Balyta, president of TI’s worldwide Education Technology division. He’s worked at the company for 14 years, nabbing the presidential title in February 2014.

“If you were to come in our building today, or any of our offices around the world, you would see actual teachers somewhere,” Balyta tells Mashable. He means that TI is dedicated to providing educators with resources on how to use TI technology properly.

The education department offers teachers all over the world the opportunity to receive “professional development” through TI’s T3 program, which the company started 25 years ago. Balyta describes professional development as a training session on how to “effectively use our technology when teaching math and science … to create an engaging environment around some difficult-to-teach concepts.”

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