Education Technology

TI’s Response to COVID-19: We Hear You and Are Here for You

Posted 03/19/2020 by Peter Balyta (@pbalyta)

Together, we are facing an unprecedented situation. Tens of thousands of schools around the globe have closed, and many are faced with a new reality: virtual learning. Teachers everywhere have to activate this new reality immediately, with turn-on-a-dime speed. To complicate matters, schools and districts vary wildly in their ability to deliver educational services during a time of social distancing.

As we begin navigating what education looks like from the confines of home, I wanted to reach out and let you know how Texas Instruments (TI) plans to support you and your students during this challenging time. Our team has been hard at work exploring new resources, and identifying existing ones, that can support you in the transition to virtual learning.

    • We’re offering free six-month licenses of TI software to all teachers and students. You can download these on our website now: Six-Month Software License.
    • We’ve also made the TI-Nspire™ CX and TI-Nspire™ CX CAS Apps for iPad® free to download through April 2020.
    • For a limited time, schools that are 1:1 with Chromebook™ notebook computers can enjoy access to the beta version of our TI-84 Plus CE for Chromebook App to support remote learning. We are offering this temporary solution to support schools in need. Please complete this form to be notified when the app becomes available.
  • CALCULATOR LOANS: Schools with economically disadvantaged students who do not have internet access at home can request to borrow TI graphing calculators, while supplies last. Schools can reach out to their local Educational Technology Consultant to facilitate these requests.
  • VIRTUAL TEACHING SUPPORT: We have a team focused full time on supporting virtual learning. We are identifying existing resources, like our 10 Minutes of Code activities, and exploring new ways, such as tutorial videos and activities, that can help teachers and students navigate remote instruction. As always, our dedicated TI-Cares™ customer support team is available to answer your questions at 1.800.TI.CARES. We also want to hear your ideas and feedback via social media by tagging @TICalculators.
  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Teachers are missing out on conferences, like the T³™ International Conference and the NCTM annual conference, which they count on for collaborating and learning. We will continue to offer weekly webinars and highlight on-demand recordings that support professional learning and a sense of community. For example, next week we will feature webinars with Rick Snow, a distance learning educator and T³™ instructor, on how to successfully use TI technology in a remote learning environment. Get more info here.
  • PARTNERSHIP: For more than 30 years, teachers have trusted us to help them teach math and science. We are as committed as ever to being your trusted partner as we navigate this uncertainty together. Our plans continue to evolve as we listen and learn from you.

In closing, I just want to say thank you. I know these are challenging times, and we appreciate you working tirelessly to find ways to keep our kids educated during this time of need. If we all remain in this together, it’s my hope that we will emerge stronger and smarter.

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About the author: Peter Balyta, Ph.D., leads academic engagement and corporate citizenship for Texas Instruments and is the president of TI Education Technology. He serves on a variety of boards that support his desire to engage students in STEM subjects, including the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Follow him on Twitter @pbalyta.