March 14: let’s celebrate Einstein’s birthdayPosted 10/03/2023 by Ian Galloway
If there is one equation known by the public, it is E=mc2. Created in 1905, the theory of Special Relativity has transformed our understanding of the Universe and the way it works. In that same year, 1905, Einstein explained the photoelectric effect by declaring that energy was quantized, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize.Read more...
Will It Float? Turning the TI-Innovator™ Rover Into a Robot-BoatPosted 23/01/2023 by Sónia Reis
Science teacher Alexandre Gomes likes to think “out of the box,” and nothing pleases him more than to tinker with a device to make it do something more than what it was designed for. Why not turn the TI-Innovator™ Rover into a floating measuring station, for example? Gomes and five of his students at the Portuguese Oliveira Júnior school put their sailing caps on and adapted the device for movement on water.Read more...
Students Should Free Themselves From Pen and Paper, and Start Learning By DoingPosted 17/11/2021 by Sónia Reis
With 25 years of teaching experience, Alexandre Gomes is practical about the role of technology in education. The physics and chemistry teacher, and T³ Europe instructor, believes that technology education in schools must evolve from theory to practice. "You need students to free themselves from pen and paper and to actually start learning by doing. And learning by doing, using Texas Instruments technology, makes perfect sense.”Read more...
Exchange and Cooperation: Value of the T³ Teacher NetworkPosted 30/10/2021 by Stephan Griebel
The history of the T³ teacher network is a history of cooperation on many different levels. It is about cooperation between individuals as well as between institutions across national and ‘content’ boundaries.Read more...
Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom – Sharing Inspiration 2021Posted 30/09/2021 by Ian Galloway
On Sept. 16, close to 150 people logged in for the third quarterly Sharing Inspiration conference 2021, Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom. Four teachers gave presentations of the coding they were carrying out in the classroom and the way in which it impacted student thinking.Read more...
Best Practice From France: How To Start Programming With BBC micro:bit and TI HandheldsPosted 06/07/2021 by Ludovia, article originally published in Ludomag.com
Programming and teaching students how to code are an important part of the transformation of education in France. Four years after the start of this process, and a global pandemic later, two observations can be made that are also valuable for other countries in Europe. Firstly, teachers are willing to take up the challenge, but they are still very much in need of support. Secondly, numerous projects have been launched with the help of new tools to support both teachers and students to understand these new concepts. Among these tools, BBC micro:bit is popular, as is the TI-Innovator™ Hub and the robotic vehicle TI-Innovator™ Rover.Read more...
Computational Thinking for all students Dutch Leo Kanner schoolPosted 13/05/2021 by Koen Stulens
The aim of the Computational Thinking strategy at the Leo Kanner secondary school in Leiden is to teach children to approach problems logically and to use digital tools to solve them. To this end, the school organised a pilot programme using TI-Nspire™ CX technology. “An important plus is that you learn the basics of computational thinking through this technology,” says teacher Zeno van der Zalm. “We started small, but we are now in the phase where we are involving more teachers and subjects in the trajectory.
Talking to machines – my thoughts on sustainability, technology, and PythonPosted 07/07/2020 by Ian Galloway
How should we ‘talk’ to machines? What language do they speak? Can they speak our language? Whatever means of communication is chosen it is now clear that for the first time in history we have the capability of ‘talking to machines’. That is to say that machines are no longer something we simply use but something we control. Herein lies the danger. If humans forget how the machine functions the machine itself will no longer be able to sustain itself in the event of breakdown.Read more...
My new school project: controlling a fighter jet with a handheldPosted 06/07/2020 by Ludovic Duchenne, Maths and computer sciences teacher Lycée Touchard Washington, Le Mans
Wouldn’t it be a cool school project to write code to control a plane? And would it not be even cooler to do this for a military fighter jet like the French Rafale? I thought of developing this activity – while reliving the movie Top Gun in my head – as early as 2018. The coronavirus lockdown was a good opportunity for me to finally start working on the project. I was keen to get back to school after lockdown to surprise my computer science and technology students with a very different end of the year activity!Read more...
The Power of Python Explained by Creator Guido van RossumPosted 03/03/2020 by Koen Stulens
Technology continues to grow in importance throughout our daily lives and students with an understanding of coding and programming have a head start over others. To help prepare them, Texas Instruments recently announced the addition of Python to the existing coding capabilities of TI technology. We had the unique opportunity to speak to Python’s creator Guido van Rossum, to discuss how the language came to be and the potential it can unleash in students as early as high school.Read more...