New Product Review: Texas Instruments 10 Minutes of Code

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Learning List has reviewed Texas Instruments’ 10 Minutes of Code. This supplemental online product introduces students to programming concepts and the basics of coding using Texas Instruments’ TI-84 Plus and TI-Nspire™ graphing calculators. Instruction is provided in short, hands-on lessons that may be completed in about 10 minutes. Resources may be accessed at no cost on the Texas Instruments website and support instruction in Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles courses. [Read more…]

Content is presented in units that are made up of three “Skillbuilder” lessons followed by an “Application” task. Each lesson begins with an “Introduction” that clarifies learning objectives. Subsequent instruction is presented in short “steps” that provide clear instructions (e.g., “Press the [PRGRM] key.”) with accompanying screenshots of what students should see on their calculators. A progress bar indicates how much content remains in each lesson. Application tasks ask students to apply what they have learned and write a program that that solves a specific problem (e.g., a program that uses students’ grades and test scores to create a warning notice for students at risk of failure). Additional “Beyond Basics” extension activities are provided to support more advanced learning.

Students and teachers have access to online “TI Basic Programming eGuides” and “TI Reference Guides” for their respective graphing calculator. For each lesson and application activity, teachers have access to printable “Teacher Notes” that list learning objectives, provide background information on concepts, answers to problems, and “Teacher Tips” with useful information about programming and the TI-84 Plus or TI-Inspire.

About Texas Instruments*

Texas Instruments helps educators develop skills for 21st-century success with free project-based learning activities that help students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding, engineering design and electronics. 10 Minutes of Code introduce students to the basics of coding and build their understanding of math with simple, 10-minute lessons for their TI-84 Plus CE or TI-Nspire™ CX graphing calculators and the TI-Innovator™ Hub with TI LaunchPad™ Technology.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Texas Instruments.

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