It is that time of year when we have to brush up on how to properly prepare the calculators for the end of year exams.
Here is my annual message to assist you and your proctors. Please contact me if you have questions.
Model: TI-83 Plus
2nd ,+, 7 toggle over to the ALL column and select All Memory...
* Note a very common mistake is to select in the All RAM... in the RAM column. That is not enough as we must be sure that the RAM and Archive memory is either cleared or disabled.
Model: TI-84 Plus family- includes TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver Edition (discontinued), TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition (discontinued), TI-84 Plus CE
Best method is Press-to-Test and please allow me to share why:
* Press-to-Test disables all programmable memory (RAM and Archived) but will not erase the users Apps or programs which can be quite useful for educational purposes
* When on the Press-to-Test set up screen, you can select the Degrees vs Radians, the very important Stat Diagnostics can be turned on by the person setting up the test mode, you have local control for Summation and Log templates. When you reset all memory as the TI-83 Plus model must have done, you lose all Apps and programs and do not have these options.
* The process is explained in the attachment.
Other methods include Test Guard and Resetting ALL Memory. Cons to those two methods are:
* Test Guard relies on communication between teacher's calculator and students'. If you do not connect correctly, you can get an error message which slows down the process and you have to start over. Very frustrating.
* Reset ALL Memory... I am not a fan of as you will lose the great Apps and programs that are wonderful for the classroom.
Model: TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire CX
* Press-to-Test is how you turn off access to the programmable memory and you have local control over which features you wish students to have or not have for your exams. As the TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire CX are numeric handhelds, they do not offer any symbolic manipulation. Which means you could press CTRL A to uncheck all options. You can also force all handhelds into testing mode via TI-Nspire CX Navigator which saves time!
Models that are NOT acceptable: Models that offer symbolic manipulations such as simplifying a radical or giving exact trig values. See attached letter from NYS DOE Assessment team.
Models of Texas Instruments to avoid:
* TI-30XS Multiview
* TI-89 Titanium
* TI-Voyage 200
* TI-Nspire CAS
* TI-Nspire CX CAS
Mr. Dana F. Morse Educational Technology Consultant New York & Pennsylvania Texas Instruments Incorporated