It’s no secret that tech companies are taking aim at the classroom. But as more and more hardware is introduced to schools, more and more software will have to come along to make the devices worthy of an educator’s time.
Today, the iPad got just that, as Texas Instruments has released the TI-Nspire graphing calculator app for Apple’s popular tablet. Like its physical calculator namesakes, the TI-Nspire app comes in both CAS (or, symbolic) and non-CAS (numerical) versions. It can perform just about all of the usual functions high school mathematics students have come to loathe over the years, and it allows users of other TI-Nspire machines to import their .tns files to the iPad version.
Both editions of the app can be had in the App Store for $29.99, which is a lot for an app but far less than the usual $150 needed to buy a physical TI-Nspire device. It’s only available in Australia for the moment, but Texas Instruments says a U.S. release will be on the way \”soon.\” TI also says that there\’s \”no doubt\” that \”an Android version should be released at some point,\” so non-iOS users should be able to get their learning on sometime in the near future too.