Recommendations and reservations regarding Graphing calculators for Users

Recommendations and reservations regarding Graphing calculators for Users

ORION TI-84+ Talking Graphing Calculator
Available from APH with federal quota money  www.aph.org/
Even though it does not have a large keypad or large screen, this
calculator is accessible to a low vision student through speech and
sonification of graphs. The student could also use a magnification tool if
needed. Finally, the math teacher can assist with its use. Combine with a graphing cable and graphing can be outputted onto a computer for student to send to the teacher or move into a Word document to complete math problems, in addition to embossing the graph to feel.

SciPlus-2500 Talking Graphing Scientific Calculator
http://sightenhancement.com/
This calculator does have a large keypad and large screen, but teachers
have reported that they would not recommend this calculator. TVIs could
not get it to work, nor could the math teachers who had a blind student in
their math class.

TI-Smart View 2.0
The Emulator Software Package for the TI-84+
http://education.ti.com/educationportal/

Scientific Notebook
www.mackichan.com
This software program is a word/math processor along with being a
scientific graphing calculator. It also contains a math tutorial. However,
it does contain a CAS (Computer Algebra System) and is not allowed in some
teaching situations.

Desmos Graphing Calculator (available for iPad and Android)
They are trying to make this calculator more accessible – better for low
vision user than a totally blind one at this point in time.

Free Graphing Calculator by William Jockusch (available for iPad and
Android)
The author has made improvements for low vision users. He is open to more
suggestions.

 

Suggestions by:

Susan A Osterhaus
Statewide Mathematics Consultant
Outreach Programs
Texas School for the Blind



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