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We were very thrilled to be chosen to receive and review Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator: Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students Worktext from Triad Math, Inc. Our youngest daughter Hope, hasn't worked with scientific calculators much so this was a great addition to her curriculum. I especially liked that we already had this calculator on hand but if you need to get one, it is very inexpensive to buy.
This workbook is geared towards post-elementary students who have a good grasp of the decimal number system. It includes 25 lessons that will take about 25 hours to complete. The lessons include:
- Lessons 1-13 are Pre-Algebra
- Lessons 14 -15 are Algebra
- Lessons 16 - 20 are Trigonometry
- Lessons 21- 25 are Stem
There are also online tutorial videos to help your student to really understand what they are being taught in the workbook. The online part is called Moodle for Triad Math Inc. It is very easy to log into and as a parent, you will be able to keep an eye on your student's online grades and progress through the lessons.
Hope said she has really enjoyed the program so far and is learning so much. She said that she didn't realize how easy it is to use a scientific calculator until she started the course. She said they seemed very intimidating, but with the lessons, she is using it like a pro. Right now she has completed the first 15 lessons. In those lessons, she has learned that this calculator is the "PowerTool" of math. The exercises were simple to follow and the videos helped to reinforce each lesson. She said she is no longer afraid of using a calculator with so many buttons. The online quizzes at the end of each lesson allowed me to see if she was understanding what was being taught. Such a huge plus for a teacher/parent. From simple addition and subtraction to exponents, each section is remarkable in how it takes on the task of teaching what the student needs to learn. I wish my other children would have had this resource before taking on using a Scientific calculator.
I have been looking over other next lessons that will be quite more difficult, but I am confident that they will be taught in a way that will help Hope understand how to go about using the calculator for these more demanding math classes. "Dr. Del", the teacher in the videos, will certainly make it a good experience for his students and Hope is excited to go on to the new lessons soon.
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