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T^3 2015 Wrap-Up: Days 2 and 3, Final Thoughts
Published by KermMartian on March 21, 2015 at 6:14:33 PM CST | Discuss this article (7)
This weekend, I attended my third T^3 (Teachers Teaching Technology) conference, immersing myself in learning how graphing calculators can enrich the STEM classroom. I spent three days at this annual professional development conference hosted by TI Education; Cemetech has already hosted articles about TI news leading up to the conference, the exciting kickoff and opening session, and shared interesting experiences halfway through the weekend. Now that the conference is over and the responsibilities of regular life have descended once more, it's time to look back at the conference and everything we experienced.
Read the whole article for more fun photos from T^3 2015.
Here's what happened during the final day and a half of the conference. In our most recent T^3 article, I mentioned giving a talk on calculator programming shortly before Pi Second, at which TI served several varieties of delicious pie.
I found the conference to be probably the best-attended of the three T^3s that I have experienced, and it was a great opportunity to meet new teachers, TI employees from all over the company, and exhibitors, as well as catch up with old friends. I'm very excited about the conversations (sorry, the conversaTIons) that I had at the conference, including with teachers excited about bringing programming, electronics, and other STEM skills into their own classrooms. I hope you can come check out T^3 in future years, whether you're a teacher, a student, or just a calculator programming community member who is curious to see passion for our favorite handheld devices on the educational side of things.
Left to right: Gayle Mujica and Dr. Peter Balyta kick off the conference; using the TI-84 Plus CE; presenting TI-BASIC on the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus family and a rapt audience member; exploring the TI-84 Plus CE further; Emily Calandrelli during the closing session.
Happy Ultimate Pi Day: T^3 2015 Mid-Conference Updates
Published by KermMartian on March 14, 2015 at 1:11:55 PM CST | Discuss this article (26)
We've enjoyed a day and a half of TI Education's T^3 2015 conference in Fort Worth, TX, and as we head into a sunny, warm afternoon of sessions, I wanted to briefly update you on what we've been exploring and experiencing at the conference. We also want to wish you a very happy Pi Day. Some are calling this an "ultimate" Pi Day, as the year 2015 gives us the (US-formatted) date 3/14/15. At 9:26:53am, TI hosted a celebration with pie and coffee, well-attended by the conference attendees. What are you doing to celebrate this Pi day? We hope that your celebrations involve pi recitations and certainly some delicious pie.
Some updates from T^3 2015:
Once again, happy Pi day, and we can't wait to bring you news on the rest of the conference tomorrow!
Left to right: Yours truly with the TI-84+CE; running an ez80 ASM program on the TI-84+CE; exploring TI-BASIC with John Isaacs; Texas line-dancing; a Texas sunrise; Pi Day pie from TI. Bonus points for finding the zombie from Zombie Apocalypse Parts 1 and 2 in the photos.
T^3 2015 Day 1 Kickoff in Fort Worth, TX
Published by KermMartian on March 13, 2015 at 10:48:15 AM CST | Discuss this article (15)
General technology communities have E3 and CES, but we at Cemetech have Teachers Teaching with Technology or T^3, TI Education's annual conference. This year, we're bringing you the minute-by-minute updates from T^3 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas, right in TI Education's backyard. As in the previous two years that I attended, I'm looking forward to attending a lot of fascinating sessions with educators using TI calculators and connecting with teachers and with TI. I'll also be seeing how our mission to spread graphing calculators as a programming tool can fit into what else teachers do in the classroom. As always, keep your eyes on Cemetech for the latest that I and my colleague DrDnar discover here, experiences with the new TI-84 Plus CE, and everything else education and TI-related that we explore.
T^3 2015 kicked off with a drizzly Texas morning walk to the Fort Worth Convention Center, a short distance from our hotel. As is traditional for T^3 conferences, we were first welcomed by Gayle Mujica, TI's Marketing Director, then Peter Balyta, the President of TI Education. Both stressed the utility of the T^3 conference as a way both to learn from and teach your fellow educators and a forum to understand TI's technology and provide feedback back to TI. Since the conference is being held in Fort Worth, there will be a lot more TIers than usual attending. We also heard about tomorrow's Pi Day celebrations, including a 3.14-mile run and plenty of pie. Dr. Balyta introduced the two latest updates for TI's two hero lines: the new TI-84 Plus CE, and TI-Nspire OS 4.0's new math features.
The keynote speaker this morning was Dr. Jo Baoler, a mathematics education professor from Stanford. She spoke about her work in understanding and improving math education, especially with students who think they're just not good at math. Dr. Baoler led with neurophysiological research that shows there truly are not students who are innately better or worse at math, as demonstrated by the neuroplasticity of the brain. She led the audience through a fascinating example looking at how different people look at and interpret a diagram of a set of blocks that grows quadratically. We looked at a group of at-risk teens exploring this problem, and tried to understand what made them so enthusiastic to understand and solve this particular problem. Dr. Baoler left us with a few thoughts about what is good and bad about the state of math education, especially from a neurological standpoint: mistakes are good, and every time you make a mistake and learn from it, you grow a synapse.
If you're here at T^3, I hope you'll stop me, say hello, and share some of your own experiences with programming or with T^3, and keep your eyes on Cemetech for more from the conference.
Left to right: Introductions from Gayle Mujica, Peter Balyta, and Jo Baoler
TI News: T^3 2015; TI-84+CE Contest, Apps; TI-Nspire OS 4
Published by KermMartian on March 12, 2015 at 10:47:56 AM CST | Discuss this article (15)
With Texas Instruments' T^3 (Teachers Teaching Technology) 2015 conference officially kicking off tomorrow, we have collected a few TI-related news items for you. Most center around the new TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator, which is due to hit stores and educational technology suppliers late this spring. We also are excited to bring you an introduction to T^3 2015 and the Cemetechians who will be attending this year.
Between the TI-84 Plus CE and T^3 2015, the following few days promise to bring many exciting developments that we'll be posting here as well as on Cemetech's Twitter account and Facebook page. If you aren't already following Cemetech on both mediums, you should!
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