Tutor.com and Texas Instruments Add Graphing Calculator Capabilities to Online Tutoring
Tutor.com Tutors Become First to Use TI-Nspire Graphing Software in an Online Learning
NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2009 – Tutor.com (www.tutor.com)
and Texas Instruments have teamed up to offer struggling math students homework
help to get them through their current classes and beyond. Tutor.com, the leading
online tutoring and homework help service, is the first to offer algebra tutors
trained to provide help for difficult math concepts through Tutor.com’s powerful
online classroom using
TI-NspireTM Teacher Edition graphing software.
With TI-Nspire graphing software loaded onto Tutor.com’s propriety web platform,
algebra tutors are now able to illustrate math problems four different ways on the
student’s computer screen, enabling those who use Tutor.com’s award-winning consumer
service to develop a deeper understanding of math concepts. Showing the same problem
four different ways enables students with different learning styles to grasp the
concepts in terms they understand.
“It’s really neat to be able to show a student how to use their graphing calculator
within a math tutoring session,”
said Jesi R. a math tutor for Tutor.com.
“I recently worked with a student exploring transformations, and using the calculator
software was amazing. What a great experience for me and for my students.”
Tutors use the software functionality to show students how to solve problems using
their own TI-Nspire graphing calculator. For those who don’t own a TI-Nspire graphing
calculator, tutors still are able to better illustrate math concepts that pose challenges
for students. Together, TI-Nspire technology and expert tutoring create a powerful
online learning environment where students can see the math come to life. As a result,
students become more engaged in their own learning process and develop a stronger
foundation for future math courses.
A math tutor helps a student graph a problem using the TI-Nspire calculator in the
Tutor.com Online Classroom
“More and more students are required to take classes beyond algebra and geometry.
As result they must master the fundamentals taught in these classes to do well in
future courses. It’s our job to ensure that our tutors and our clients have the
tools they need to succeed,” said George
Cigale, founder and CEO of Tutor.com. “That’s why Tutor.com has established
this relationship with Texas Instruments. By equipping our expert tutors with world-class
technology like TI-Nspire technology, we are providing our students the best resources
available to be successful now and in their later math courses.”
“According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time today’s students enter the
workforce, math literacy will be a critical skill for more than 6 million jobs,”
said Melendy Lovett, president, Texas Instruments Education Technology. “TI-Nspire
technology plays a vital role in helping students engage with the tutor via Tutor.com’s
innovative platform. When tutors demonstrate math concepts with TI-Nspire technology,
students will gain a better understanding of these critical concepts while growing
the analytical skills they’ll need long after they graduate.”
Free Tips and Tutoring
Students and parents can get free tips on how to be a successful math student and
make the most of their TI calculator by following Tutor.com on
Twitter for the next month where the company will post a tip a day. Students
can also get FREE minutes of online homework help from Tutor.com for entering their
graphing calculator id at http://www.tutor.com/ti/
Tutor.com is an award-winning online homework help and learning service that connects
students to a certified tutor for one-to-one help. Our network of over 2,000 expert
tutors has conducted over 4.5 million sessions in math, science, social studies
and English. To learn more about Tutor.com services please visit
www.tutor.com or call 1-800-411-1970. Follow Tutor.com on
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About Texas Instruments
Education Technology, a business of Texas
Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience
with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore math and
science interactively. TI’s products and services are tested vigorously against
recognized third-party research, which shows that the use of graphing calculators
helps improve the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics.
For more information, visit education.ti.com.
Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics
that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor
company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more
than 30 countries. For more information, visit www.ti.com.
Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.
More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.
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