• Physics project: students sprint towards sustainable waste solutions

    Posted 10/23/2020 by Sónia Reis


    Separating out metal, developing greener ways to collect waste, fishing plastic out of water, washing glass and compressing domestic rubbish — these are the sustainable waste solutions which the students worked on. Using scrum, they were able to work independently, and this gave them the freedom to solve problems. “It’s challenging for both teachers and students,” said physics teacher Cathy Baars, who devised the project, “because the resulting product is not fixed.”

    Read more...
  • It Is Okay to Rely on Technology

    Posted 09/14/2020 by Stephan Griebel

    Every student has the right to receive proper education according to their individual abilities, talents and gifts. The individualization of education has been made even more challenging during the coronavirus lockdown, and collective distance learning made this aspiration close to impossible to realize. I witnessed teachers taking on the challenges imposed by forced home schooling, reinventing their teaching style in no time to make the best of the situation despite the constraints. Even though the situation was far from ideal, these teachers deserve our admiration and support for the months to come. As of September 2020, we already know the coming months will remain challenging.

    Read more...
  • Survey shows online teaching here to stay in new school year

    Posted 08/03/2020 by Sonia Reis (@soniaraquelreis)

    The shift to online education creates new requirements and European teachers point out various things that could help to improve online teaching. For example, 55% of teachers said they need better IT equipment and 50% said they require software solutions. Some 47% said they would like training to learn or improve their online teaching skills. It was clear too from several open questions that teachers would like more online teaching materials, videos and ready-made activities to share with their students.

    Read more...
  • Portuguese students win trip to NASA with wheelchair project

    Posted 07/17/2020 by Sónia Reis

    A final school year project to develop a wheelchair controlled by head movements won five Portuguese high school students the trip of a lifetime to NASA earlier this year. The ‘Telepathy Physics’ project used motion sensors connected to the robotic vehicle Rover and took first prize in a national science competition initiated by the University of Lisbon. “The students were so motivated to help their fellow pupils with disabilities,” says teacher Alexandre Gomes. “At the same time, this real-world problem also helped deepen their interest in maths.”

    Read more...
  • Talking to machines – my thoughts on sustainability, technology, and Python

    Posted 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 handheld

    Posted 07/06/2020 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...
  • Education is key for a sustainable future; join in developing content!

    Posted 07/02/2020 by Stephan Griebel

    STEM education can play an important role in creating a sustainable future. Understanding issues relevant to sustainable development requires mathematics, including statistics and programming. To help facilitate this, an ambitious new project has been set up by T3 Europe involving content co-creation. We want to design classroom activities and content with STEM and sustainability in mind. That’s why we are calling on teachers to develop activities for this T3 Europe STEM sustainable development project.

    Read more...
  • Programming the TI-Innovator Rover inspires Finnish and Portuguese exchange students

    Posted 06/24/2020 by Carlos Coelho

    Coding and TI technology were at the heart of a successful exchange trip by several Finnish students to the Ermesinde High School in Portugal. The Portuguese and Finnish students worked side by side programming their own TI-Nspire handhelds. They were able to instruct the robotic vehicle Rover to follow a course and avoid obstacles using its distance sensor.

    Read more...
  • Join our successful T³ Europe Webinar Program!

    Posted 05/26/2020 by Ian Galloway

    Since the start of the corona crisis, the T³ teachers' association has developed webinars so you as a teacher can continue to work remotely on your professional development. The free T³ Europe webinars are designed for T³ instructors and lead teachers enhancing their knowledge about effective use of TI technology. The webinar series has got off to a good start. Since April 2, 2020 registration ran at more than 180 for the three with about 50 people logging in to listen at each session.  

    Read more...
  • Top 5 Tips for Transitioning to Virtual Teaching

    Posted 04/14/2020 by Erica Schiller

    Richard Snow is a T³ Instructor and an expert in distance learning. He was the first educator to use TI graphing calculator emulator software while teaching students in an online environment. For the past 15 years, he has been teaching remotely and is sharing his top tips. Snow got schooled in communication skills when he went to visit a community of his distance learning students in person. His students were truly remote — only accessible by plane. Once he flew in, he enjoyed doughnuts and conversation with them. One student’s comment struck a chord: “You don’t seem nearly as mean in person as you do online.”

    Read more...
  • Tropical storm leads to STEM project on La Reunion

    Posted 04/06/2020 by Marthe Pariset

    “Combining math with real-world challenges through a ‘learning by doing’ approach is very rewarding. Sometimes teachers don’t get involved with STEM projects because they are not experts in all the different fields. But it is quite normal not to understand all the theory before starting a project. You learn on the go. I know from experience that finding a solution to a problem together with your students is very motivating!”

    Read more...
  • The Power of Python Explained by Creator Guido van Rossum

    Posted 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...
  • Find a Murderer With TI-Nspire™ CX Technology

    Posted 11/22/2019 by Edith Vos (@edithvos)

    “Famous music producer Jonathan Wallace was found killed in his bathtub. The only clue at the crime scene was a set of muddy footprints leading from the nearby window to the bathroom.” This is a description of one of the tasks of “Forensics With TI-Nspire™ CX Technology” based on forensic science experiments.

    Read more...
  • Girls in Space: Let’s Take Off!

    Posted 09/23/2019 by Sonia Reis (@soniaraquelreis)

    “I pretty much always wanted to be an astronaut. When I was 8 years old, I was fascinated by looking at the stars,” said Insa Thiele-Eich PhD. She is one of two German female astronauts that will be the first to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2020. Thiele-Eich inspired an audience of maths and science teachers from 20 countries at the conference Sharing Inspiration 2019.

    Read more...
  • True Integration of STEM During Dutch-Portuguese Student Exchange

    Posted 04/23/2019 by Carlos Coelho (@coelhocarlosTI)

    As a participant of the T³ Sharing Inspiration 2017 event, Portuguese teacher Raúl Aparício Gonçalves got inspired by the demonstrations of Rover. He decided to develop an international project for his students. In 2018, this led to the exchange between 30 students of the Dutch CSG Liudger and Portuguese Ermesinde High School. “It was great to interact with different cultures and school practices,” said one of the students. “This was an interactive project where we shared knowledge.”

    Read more...
  • STEM Teachers Are True Superheroes at Sharing Inspiration 2019 Conference

    Posted 03/31/2019 by Stephan Griebel (@sjgriebel)

    More than 110 maths and science teachers from 20 countries gathered in Brussels for the conference Sharing Inspiration on the last weekend of March 2019. According to participant Wesley Keldermans, mathematics teacher, “The added value is that you learn from each other and that you make international contacts.”

    Read more...
  • German school THG Waltrop does more maths than ever before

    Posted 10/22/2018 by Stephan Griebel

    “Working with the robot car TI-Innovator™ Rover is fun, and at the same time our students are doing more maths than ever before," says Dirk Schulz, a physics and maths teacher at the Theodor Heuss Gymnasium in Waltrop, Germany. Dirk Schulz is using the technology to boost his pupils’ enthusiasm about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

    Read more...