TI Education Technology | 3-D projectors for the classroom | STEP in STEM | aggieTEACH | Teach for America | UTeach | Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards
TI recognizes that to increase the number of math- and science-capable students equipped to enter into and graduate from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based disciplines, we must first invest in teachers. Some of our key initiatives include:
TI Education Technology
Students, educators and parents have relied on TI’s education technology for more than 30 years, and the mission of our Education Technology (ET) business is to improve student learning in math and science. One of the areas we focus on to accomplish this mission is face-to-face and online professional development programs, which reach more than 5,000 educators each year annually.
ET also equips educators with tools and resources to bring math and science to life in the classroom. These tools are aligned with educational standards and curriculum initiatives globally, and have enabled teachers to improve comprehension and interest for millions of students – from middle school through college.
Additionally, ET and the Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) community host the annual T³ International Conference, designed for educators interested in using educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in math and science. To date, more than 100,000 teachers in 26 countries around the world have received T3 technology training, digital content and instruction on best teaching practices.
- ET’s Math Nspired Resource Center for Educators features lessons and tools to guide students’ comprehension of key math concepts with the power of TI-Nspire™ technology.
- Science Nspired provides lessons and tools to support biology, chemistry and physics curricula.
- The Activities Exchange contains thousands of math and science resources submitted by students, teachers, TI and other global partners. These activities align with select standards and textbooks.
3-D projectors for the classroom
TI’s DLP® chips are used in 3-D-ready projectors, which are proven to make an impact in the classroom over two-dimensional tools alone. Since 2009, more than 60 classrooms and 1,800 students worldwide have participated in enhanced learning environments through DLP Ecosystem Learning Lab programs.
STEP in STEM
In collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas Schools of Engineering and Computer Science and Science and Engineering Education Center, TI sponsored a new STEP in STEM program to provide content and training for North Texas high school teachers, while developing a project-based STEM curriculum. The two-week course also included support from TI technical experts, who worked with the teachers and led informational visits to TI’s Kilby Labs, Education Technology headquarters, the Richardson wafer fabrication facility and DLP® Products demonstration center.
The TI Foundation initiated support for aggieTEACH, a nationally peer-reviewed teacher recruitment model that has helped Texas A&M University lead the state in STEM teacher production for six years. The program is designed to increase certified middle and high school teachers – positions that are in high demand statewide and nationally.
Teach for America
The TI Foundation expanded educational opportunities in North Texas public schools by funding professional development for Teach for America’s math and science teachers in Dallas’ traditional and charter public schools. The program recruits, trains and supports top college graduates who commit to teach for two years in underserved public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement for educational equity.
The TI Foundation began supporting UTeach programs at the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009. UTeach trains existing middle and junior high school teachers in advanced math and science concepts in an effort to increase the number of such teachers who graduate from local universities.
In addition to classroom instruction, UTeach students are given four years of intensive experience in public schools, coupled with feedback on their teaching performance.
Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards
The TI Foundation has invested $100,000 each year since 2006 to reward effective teaching and help retain excellent teachers through the Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards, which recognize instructors at the secondary level who enhance student achievement and increase interest in high school classrooms in the Dallas, Plano and Richardson (Texas) Independent School Districts.