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Navigator™ NC
Teacher Software
Guidebook
This guidebook applies to TI-Nspire™ software version 4.5. To obtain the latest version
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Contents
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Getting Started with TI-Nspire™ Navigator NC Teacher Software 1
Using the Welcome Screen 1
Exploring the Software 2
Exploring Workspaces 3
Understanding the Status Bar 4
Changing Language 5
Connecting to the Network 6
Helping Students Log In 7
Managing Available Seats 11
Tracking and Reporting System Use 14
Managing Session Logs 14
Packaging and Sending Session Logs 16
Using the Content Workspace 18
Exploring the Content Workspace 18
Exploring the Resources Pane 18
Using the Preview Pane 20
Accessing Computer Content 22
Using Shortcuts 24
Working with Links 25
Using Web Content 27
Sending Files to Class 31
Using the Documents Workspace 34
Exploring the Documents Workspace 34
Using the Documents Toolbox 34
Exploring Document Tools 35
Exploring the Page Sorter 35
Exploring the TI-SmartView™ Feature 36
Exploring Utilities 38
Exploring Content Explorer 39
Using the Work Area 40
Changing Document Settings 41
Changing Graphs & Geometry Settings 43
Working with TI-Nspire Documents 46
Creating a New TI-Nspire Document 46
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Opening an Existing Document 47
Saving TI-Nspire Documents 48
Deleting Documents 49
Closing Documents 49
Formatting Text in Documents 50
Using Colours in Documents 51
Setting Page Size and Document Preview 51
Working with Multiple Documents 53
Working with Applications 54
Selecting and Moving Pages 57
Working with Problems and Pages 60
Printing Documents 62
Viewing Document Properties and Copyright Information 63
Working with PublishView™ Documents 66
Creating a New PublishView™ Document 66
Saving PublishView™ Documents 70
Exploring the Documents Workspace 72
Working with PublishView™ Objects 75
Working with TI-Nspire Applications 81
Working with Problems 84
Organizing PublishView™ Sheets 86
Using Zoom 91
Adding Text to a PublishView™ Document 91
Using Hyperlinks in PublishView™ Documents 93
Working with Images 99
Working with Video Files 101
Converting Documents 102
Printing PublishView™ Documents 104
Working with Lesson Bundles 106
Creating a New Lesson Bundle 106
Adding Files to a Lesson Bundle 107
Opening a Lesson Bundle 109
Managing Files in a Lesson Bundle 110
Managing Lesson Bundles 111
Packaging Lesson Bundles 114
Emailing a Lesson Bundle 114
Sending Lesson Bundles to Connected Handhelds 115
Capturing Screens 116
Accessing Screen Capture 116
Using Capture Class 116
Randomising Captured Screens 118
Setting View Options in Capture Class 119
Creating Stacks of Student Screens 122
Comparing Selected Screens 124
Using Make Presenter 124
Saving Screens When Using Capture Class 124
Printing Captured Screens 126
Using Capture Page 127
Viewing Captured Screens 128
Saving Captured Pages and Screens 129
Copying and Pasting a Screen 131
Capturing Images in Handheld Mode 131
Working with Images 134
Working with Images in the Software 134
Using the Class Workspace 138
Adding Classes 138
Adding Students to Classes 143
Removing Students from Classes 145
Updating Class Rosters 146
Managing Classes 148
Beginning and Ending a Class Session 150
Changing the Student View 151
Arranging the Seating Chart 152
Checking Student Login Status 152
Sorting Student Information 153
Changing the Classes Assigned to a Student 153
Changing Student Names and Identifiers 155
Moving Students to Another Class 156
Copying Students to Another Class 157
Exploring the Class Record 157
Sending Files to a Class 159
Collecting Files from Students 161
Managing Unprompted Actions 164
Saving Files to a Portfolio Record 165
Deleting Files from Class Folders 166
Checking the Status of File Transfers 167
Cancelling File Transfers 167
Viewing File Properties 168
Resetting Student Passwords 168
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Understanding the File System 170
Understanding File Transfers 170
Using Live Presenter 172
Starting Live Presenter 172
Viewing Live Presenter 173
Stopping Live Presenter 173
Using Question in the Teacher Software 174
Understanding the Question Tools 174
Using the Teacher Tool Palette 175
Understanding the Configuration Tool 177
Formatting Text and Objects 178
Adding Images to Questions 178
Adding Questions 179
Responding to Questions 194
Understanding the Question Toolbar 194
Types of Questions 194
Responding to Quick Poll Questions 195
Submitting Responses 197
Polling Students 198
Opening the Quick Poll Tool 199
Sending a Quick Poll 200
Stopping Polls 201
Resending Polls 201
Sending Polls to Missing Students 202
Saving Polls 202
Viewing Poll Results 203
Using the Review Workspace 206
Using the Review Toolbox 206
Exploring the Data View Pane 211
Opening Documents for Review 214
Viewing Data 216
Changing the Aspect Ratio 218
Organising Responses 218
Hiding and Showing Responses 223
Marking Responses as Correct or Incorrect 226
Adding Teacher Data 230
Saving to the Portfolio Workspace 233
Saving Data as a New Document 234
Using the Portfolio Workspace 236
Exploring the Assignments Pane 236
Exploring the Workspace Views 237
Saving an Item to the Portfolio Workspace 239
Importing an Item to the Portfolio Workspace 240
Editing Scores 241
Exporting Results 243
Sorting Information in the Portfolio Workspace 244
Opening a Portfolio Item in Another Workspace 244
Opening a Master Document 245
Adding a Master Document 246
Redistributing a Portfolio Item 246
Collecting Missing Files from Students 247
Sending Missing Files to Students 247
Renaming a Portfolio Item 247
Removing Columns from Portfolio 247
Removing Individual Files from Portfolio 248
Summary of File Type Options 248
Calculator Application 250
Entering and Evaluating Maths Expressions 251
CAS: Working with Measurement Units 258
Using the Unit Conversion Assistant 260
Conversion Categories and Units 263
Working with Variables 266
Creating User-defined Functions and Programmes 266
Editing Calculator Expressions 271
Financial Calculations 271
Working with the Calculator History 273
Using Variables 278
Linking Values on Pages 278
Creating Variables 278
Using (Linking) Variables 283
Naming Variables 285
Adjusting Variable Values with a Slider 286
Locking and Unlocking Variables 288
Removing a Linked Variable 291
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Geometry Application 292
What You Must Know 292
Introduction to Geometric Objects 295
Creating Points and Lines 297
Creating Geometric Shapes 301
Creating Shapes Using Gestures (MathDraw) 307
Basics of Working with Objects 310
Measuring Objects 313
Transforming Objects 319
Exploring with Geometric Construction Tools 322
Using Geometry Trace 327
Conditional Attributes 328
Hiding Objects in the Geometry Application 329
Customizing the Geometry Work Area 330
Animating Points on Objects 331
Adjusting Variable Values with a Slider 332
Using the Calculate Tool 334
Graphs Application 338
What You Must Know 339
Graphing Functions 341
Manipulating Functions by Dragging 342
Specifying a Function with Domain Restrictions 344
Finding Points of Interest on a Function Graph 345
Graphing a Family of Functions 348
Graphing Equations 348
Graphing Conic Sections 349
Graphing Relations 352
Graphing Parametric Equations 355
Graphing Polar Equations 355
Using the Text Tool to Graph Equations 356
Graphing Scatter Plots 358
Plotting Sequences 359
Graphing Differential Equations 361
Viewing Tables from the Graphs Application 364
Editing Relations 365
Accessing the Graph History 367
Zooming/Rescaling the Graphs Work Area 368
Customising the Graphs Work Area 369
Hiding and Showing Items in the Graphs Application 371
Conditional Attributes 372
Calculating a Bounded Area 374
Tracing Graphs or Plots 375
Introduction to Geometric Objects 377
Creating Points and Lines 379
Creating Geometric Shapes 383
Creating Shapes Using Gestures (MathDraw) 389
Basics of Working with Objects 392
Measuring Objects 395
Transforming Objects 401
Exploring with Geometric Construction Tools 404
Animating Points on Objects 409
Adjusting Variable Values with a Slider 410
Labelling (Identifying) the Coordinates of a Point 412
Displaying the Equation of a Geometric Object 413
Using the Calculate Tool 414
3D Graphs 416
Graphing 3D Functions 416
Graphing 3D Parametric Equations 417
Rotating the 3D View 418
Editing a 3D Graph 419
Accessing the Graph History 419
Changing the Appearance of a 3D Graph 420
Showing and Hiding 3D Graphs 421
Customising the 3D Viewing Environment 421
Tracing in the 3D View 423
Example: Creating an Animated 3D Graph 424
Lists&Spreadsheet Application 426
Creating and Sharing Spreadsheet Data as Lists 427
Creating Spreadsheet Data 429
Navigating in a Spreadsheet 432
Working with Cells 433
Working with Rows and Columns of Data 437
Sorting Data 440
Generating Columns of Data 441
Graphing Spreadsheet Data 444
Exchanging Data with Other Computer Software 448
Capturing Data from Graphs&Geometry 450
Using Table Data for Statistical Analysis 453
Statistics Input Descriptions 454
Statistical Calculations 455
Distributions 460
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Confidence Intervals 466
Stat Tests 468
Working with Function Tables 472
Data&Statistics Application 474
Basic Operations in Data& Statistics 475
Overview of Raw and Summary Data 479
Working with Numeric Plot Types 480
Working with Categorical Plot Types 489
Exploring Data 496
Using Window/Zoom Tools 506
Graphing Functions 507
Using Graph Trace 512
Customising Your Workspace 513
Adjusting Variable Values with a Slider 514
Inferential Statistics 517
Notes Application 520
Using Templates in Notes 521
Formatting Text in Notes 522
Using Colour in Notes 523
Inserting Images 524
Inserting Items on a Notes Page 524
Inserting Comments 525
Inserting Geometric Shape Symbols 525
Entering Maths Expressions in Notes Text 526
Evaluating and Approximating Maths Expressions 527
Using Maths Actions 529
Graphing from Notes and Calculator 531
Inserting Chemical Equations in Notes 533
Deactivating Maths Expression Boxes 534
Changing the Attributes of Maths Expression Boxes 535
Using Calculations in Notes 535
Exploring Notes with Examples 537
Widgets 542
Creating a Widget 542
Adding a Widget 542
Saving a Widget 545
Libraries 546
What is a Library? 546
Creating Libraries and Library Objects 546
Private and Public Library Objects 547
Using Library Objects 548
Creating Shortcuts to Library Objects 549
Included Libraries 549
Restoring an Included Library 550
Getting Started with the Programme Editor 552
Defining a Program or Function 553
Viewing a Program or Function 556
Opening a Function or Program for Editing 556
Importing a Program from a Library 557
Creating a Copy of a Function or Program 557
Renaming a Program or Function 557
Changing the Library Access Level 558
Finding Text 558
Finding and Replacing Text 559
Closing the Current Function or Program 559
Running Programmes and Evaluating Functions 559
Getting Values into a Program 562
Displaying Information 564
Using Local Variables 565
Differences Between Functions and Programs 566
Calling One Program from Another 567
Controlling the Flow of a Function or Program 568
Using If, Lbl and Goto to Control Program Flow 568
Using Loops to Repeat a Group of Commands 571
Changing Mode Settings 574
Debugging Programs and Handling Errors 574
Using the TI-SmartView™ Emulator 576
Opening the TI-SmartView™ Emulator 576
Choosing a Keypad 577
Choosing Display Options 577
Working with the Emulated Handheld 578
Using the Touchpad 579
Using the Clickpad 579
Using Settings and Status 580
Changing TI-SmartView™ Options 580
Working with Documents 582
Using Screen Capture 582
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Writing Lua Scripts 584
Overview of the Script Editor 584
Exploring the Script Editor Interface 584
Using the Toolbar 585
Inserting New Scripts 587
Editing Scripts 588
Changing View Options 589
Setting Minimum API Level 589
Saving Script Applications 589
Managing Images 590
Setting Script Permissions 592
Debugging Scripts 592
Data Collection 594
What You Must Know 595
About Collection Devices 596
Connecting Sensors 600
Setting Up an Offline Sensor 601
Modifying Sensor Settings 602
Collecting Data 604
Using Data Markers to Annotate Data 608
Collecting Data Using a Remote Collection Unit 611
Setting Up the Sensor for Triggering 613
Collecting and Managing Data Sets 614
Using Sensor Data in Programmes 617
Collecting Sensor Data using RefreshProbeVars 618
Analysing Collected Data 619
Displaying Collected Data in Graph View 625
Displaying Collected Data in Table View 627
Customising the Graph of Collected Data 632
Striking and Restoring Data 641
Replaying the Data Collection 641
Adjusting Derivative Settings 643
Drawing a Predictive Plot 644
Using Motion Match 645
Printing Collected Data 645
Using the Help Menu 648
Activating Your Software Licence 648
Registering Your Product 650
Downloading the Latest Guidebook 650
Exploring TI Resources 650
Updating the TI-Nspire™ Software 651
Updating the OS on a Connected Handheld 651
Viewing Software Version and Legal Information 652
Helping Improve the Product 653
General Information 654
Texas Instruments Support and Service 654
Service and Warranty Information 654
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Getting Started with TI-Nspire™ Navigator NC Teacher
Software
The TI-Nspire™ Navigator NC system is a classroom management system that
enables connection between teacher and student computers through a wireless
networking connection. The software provides an integrated approach for delivering
and evaluating instruction, assessments, and content.
Using the Welcome Screen
To help you get started quickly, the Welcome Screen opens with some common task
options. You can choose to turn off the Welcome Screen.
To begin working with documents, click an icon or link or close this screen. Any normal
action that takes place automatically, such as upgrade prompts may appear after you
close the Welcome Screen.
Note: Depending on how your software was installed, you might see a Product
Improvement screen the first time you start the software.
ÀName. Shows software name.
ÁQuick Start icons. Click one of these icons to create a new document in the chosen
application. The applications are Calculator, Graphs, Geometry, Lists & Spreadsheet,
Data & Statistics, Question, Notes and the Vernier DataQuest™ application. The
Welcome Screen automatically closes and the chosen application opens in the
Documents Workspace.
ÂPreview area. When your mouse is hovering over an application icon or a link in
Teacher Tools, a preview of the application or tool is shown. A brief description of
the icon or link is also displayed at the top of the area.
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ÃAlways show this at startup. Clear this tickbox to skip this screen when you open
the software.
ÄClose the Welcome Screen. Click here to close this screen and begin working in the
software.
ÅTeacher Tools. Click one of these links to close the Welcome Screen and open the
software in the chosen tool.
View content. Opens the Content Workspace, where you can find content on
your computer, the web and links you have created.
View classes and students. Opens the Class Workspace where you can see the
students in a class, or add new classes and students.
Open. Opens a dialogue box where you can navigate to and open existing
documents.
Recent Documents. Lists the names of recently opened documents. As your mouse
hovers over each document name, the first page of that document is displayed in the
Preview pane. Click the name of a document to open that document.
Opening the Welcome Screen
The Welcome Screen opens automatically when you open the software if the Always
show this at start-up tickbox is selected. If this option is turned off or if you have closed
the Welcome Screen, click Help > Welcome Screen to open the Welcome Screen.
Exploring the Software
When you close the Welcome Screen, the TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ NC Teacher Software
opens the last workspace used. If you select one of the application icons, the software
opens a new document in the Documents Workspace.
When you open the software for the first time, the Content Workspace opens by
default. When you open a folder that contains documents other than TI-Nspire™
documents, the software lets you know there are additional documents in the folder
and provides the option to show all documents contained in the folder.
The options on the title bar, menu bar, and toolbars are available in all workspaces. For
more information, see the chapter for each workspace.
ÀTitle bar. Shows the name of the current document (if opened) and the name of the
software. The minimize, maximize, and close buttons are located in the right corner.
ÁMenu bar. Contains tools for working with documents in the current workspace and
contains options for modifying system settings. Click Help to access options for
opening the help file, performing online troubleshooting, and finding information
about software updates.
ÂWorkspace Selector. Use these tabs to switch between the Content, Class,
Documents, Review, and Portfolio Workspaces.
Note: Some tasks you perform may prevent you from immediately changing
workspaces. If a dialogue box awaits a response from you, type your response,
and then change workspaces.
ÃTools menu. Shows tools frequently used when working in each workspace. Every
workspace has the Quick Poll, Screen Capture, and Student Name Format icons.
Other tool menu options change depending on which workspace is open. Those tools
are covered in their respective chapters.
Use the Student Name Format tool to choose how student names are
displayed, either by Last Name, First Name, User name, Display Name,
Student ID, or hidden.
Use the Screen Capture tool to take a picture of an active document on
the computer, or capture screens on one or all connected student computers.
You can take several pictures, copy/paste the images in other documents, or
save the images. For more information, see Capturing Screens.
Use the Quick Poll tool to immediately send a poll to students and
receive student responses. For more information, see Polling Students.
ÄClass list. Shows classes that are currently available.
ÅClass Actions button. Click this button to begin or end a class.
Exploring Workspaces
The TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ NC Teacher Software uses workspaces to help you easily
access the tasks you most commonly perform. The software has five predefined
workspaces.
Content Workspace. Find and manage content on your computer and add and
manage links to websites.
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Class Workspace. Manage classes and students, use the Class Record panel, and
exchange files with students. This workspace is the only area where you can both
send and receive file types other than TI-Nspire™ (.tns) and PublishView™ (.tnsp)
documents.
Documents Workspace. Author documents and demonstrate mathematical
concepts.
Review Workspace. Review a collected set of documents; mark, show, or hide
student responses; switch data views; and organize data.
Portfolio Workspace. Save, store, review, and manage class assignments from
students.
Understanding the Status Bar
Some information in the status bar changes, depending on which workspace is open.
In all workspaces, the status bar provides information about the student login status.
The student login status shows how many students are currently logged into class and
how many students are assigned to the current class.
In the Documents Workspace, the status bar gives additional information.
ÀPage Size. Shows whether the document is in Handheld or Computer page size. Click
here to view document properties. For more information on page size and document
preview, see Working with TI-Nspire™ Documents.
ÁProblem and page number. References the current document. In this example, 1.1
indicates problem 1, page 1 of the active document.
ÂSettings. Click here to view or change Document settings.
ÃZoom/Boldness. When working with a document in Handheld page size, use the
Zoom scale to zoom the active document in or out from 10% to 500%. To set a
zoom, type a specific number, use the + and - buttons to increase or decrease by
increments of 10%, or use the drop-down box to choose preset percentages.
When working with a document in Computer page size, use the Boldness scale to
increase or decrease the boldness of text and line thickness within applications. To
set the boldness, type a specific number, use the + and - buttons to increase or
decrease by increments of 10%, or use the drop-down box to choose preset
percentages.
In the Review Workspace, the status bar information changes, depending on the view
in the Page Sorter.
If you are in the document view, the status bar provides the same information as
the Documents Workspace status bar.
If you are in the student response view, the status bar has Data View icons. Use
the icons to change between bar chart, table, and graph views. See Using the
Review Workspace for more information on the Data Views.
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Graph
Bar Chart
Table
In the Class Workspace, the status bar has Student View icons. Use the icons to change
between Seating Chart view or Student List view. See Using the Class Workspace for
more information on the Student Views.
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Seating chart
Student List
Changing Language
Use this option to select a preferred language. You must restart the software for the
language to take effect.
1. Click File >Settings >Change Language.
The Choose a Language dialogue box opens.
2. Click ¤to open the Choose language drop-down list.
3. Select the desired language.
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4. Click Quit Now to close the software immediately. You will be prompted to save
any open documents. When you restart the software, the language change is
effective.
—or
Click Quit Later to continue your work. The language change is not applied until you
close and restart the software at a later time.
Note: If you select Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese as the language in the
TI-Nspire™ software, you should see Chinese characters in the menus and dialogues. If
your computer uses the Window XP operating system and you do not see Chinese
characters, you may need to install the Windows® XP East Asian Language Support
package.
Connecting to the Network
Connection from student computers to teacher computers is through the school
network.
It’s best if the teacher computer has a wired connection, but the network administrator
will know which connection is best for your environment.
Student connections can be wired or wireless.
Teacher wired and students wired Teacher wired and students wireless
Once the school network administrator has provided network access, you are
automatically recognized and connected to the network when you open the software.
Verifying Connectivity
To verify your connection:
1. In the Class Workspace, click File > Settings > Teacher Preferences.
The Teacher Preferences dialogue box opens.
2. View the IP Addresses in the Network Settings area. If the host name and IP
address are present, you are connected and able to broadcast.
Note: If the IP address is missing, contact your Network Administrator.
Helping Students Log In
Students using TI-Nspire™ CX Student Software or TI-Nspire™ CX CAS Student Software
can log in to active classes if they have a user name and password.
Note: For information about how to create a class, start a class, build a class roster,
and create a user name and password for each student, see Using the Class
Workspace.
There are two ways for students to log in:
Using the class name, which is the preferred method.
Using the host name or IP address. Use this method when:
- Broadcasting multiple addresses (such as wired and wireless) and one address
is preferred. If your IT administrator has a preferred address, it will be
provided. Otherwise, the host name or any other available IP address can be
used.
- The class name does not appear in the Select Class and Login dialogue box.
This occurs when there is a timing issue between the network sending the
class name and software receiving it.
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- If there are several classes running at the same time that have identical
names, such as "Algebra 1." The student will not know which class to select.
Best practice is to append a unique identifier such as the course ID or the
teacher name to the class name.
Providing Students with a Host Name or IP Address
Complete the following steps to locate host name or IP address.
1. In the Class Workspace, click File > Settings > Teacher Preferences.
The Teacher Preferences dialogue box opens.
The host name and IP address are on the same line. You may be broadcasting several
addresses. If your network administrator has not specified a preference, use any
address.
2. Provide students either the host name or the IP address, but not both.
Host Name IP Address
3. Click OK.
The Teacher Preferences dialogue box closes.
Logging in Using Class Name
Ask students to complete the following steps to log in using a class name. Students
can log in after you start the class.
1. Click Tools > Login to a TI-Nspire Navigator Session.
The Select Class and Login dialogue box opens.
2. Click ¤to open the Class drop-down list, and then select a class.
3. Type your user name and password.
Note: User names and passwords are defined when a teacher creates the class
roster. Teachers can either provide a password or allow students to create their
own.
4. Click OK.
The "You are logged into class" confirmation message is displayed.
5. Click OK to close the dialogue box.
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Logging In Using a Host Name or IP Address
Ask students to complete the following steps to log in using a host name or IP address.
1. Click Tools > Login to a TI-Nspire Navigator Session.
The Select Class and Login dialogue box opens.
2. Click , which is located at the end of the Class field.
The Manually Add Class dialogue box opens.
3. Type either the host name or IP address provided by the teacher.
Example host name: LTXMyschool.network.edu:12345
Example IP address: 10.111.222.333.12345
4. Click OK.
The Manually Add Class dialogue box closes and the Select Class and Login
dialogue box is active again.
5. Click ¤to open the Class drop-down list, and then select the class. The host name
or IP address is followed by the class name.
6. Type your user name and password.
7. Click OK.
The "You are logged into class" confirmation message is displayed.
8. Click OK to close the dialogue box.
Teachers will see the status bar increase as each student is logged in.
Managing Available Seats
If the maximum number of seats in a class has been exceeded, students receive the
error message:
"Cannot login to the selected class. The number of students allowed to login to this
class has been met. Contact your teacher for information."
Finding Available Seats
To view the maximum number of seats:
1. In the Class Workspace, click File > Settings > Teacher Preferences.
The Teacher Preferences dialogue box opens.
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If you have more students than seats available, students trying to log in will have to
wait until other students log out and seats become available.
Contact your school administrator to acquire more seat licenses. If you already have a
license for additional seats, you can update your license.
Updating a License for More Seats
When updating the license, the class session must be closed. For information about
starting and ending class sessions, see Using the Class Workspace.
Complete the following steps to activate your license:
1. Ensure the class session is closed.
2. Click Help > Update License.
The Texas Instruments Activation Wizard opens.
3. Select Activate your License.
4. Click Next.
5. Follow the screen prompts to activate your license.
Once you have activated the license, you will see an updated number of seats, which
are available when you restart the class.
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Tracking and Reporting System Use
Schools participating in research-based programmes or schools receiving money from
funding initiatives must track student use of the TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ systems and
provide reports for auditing purposes.
To automatically track student usage of the TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ systems, a folder
named "SessionLogs" is created within the appropriate TI-Nspire™ Navigator
software folder on the teacher's computer when the software is installed. The
software generates the files needed for tracking activity types, attendance, class
session information and activities that take place during a class session. The files are
dependent on each other and must be kept together in the SessionLogs folder so that
usage information is tracked and reported accurately.
The system automatically captures system usage data and appends the information for
each new class session in the appropriate file. If the system does not find a
SessionLogs folder, data is not tracked.
Managing Session Logs
The system automatically generates the following comma-separated variable (csv)
files and stores them in the SessionLogs folder. Each time you start the TI-Nspire™
software, logs are appended to the previous day’s log to keep a complete record.
Activities.csv file. Activities that take place during class sessions are recorded in
this file.
ActivityTypes.csv file. This file is the lookup table that the system references when
generating a usage report.
Attendance.csv file. Information for each student who logs into a session is
recorded in this file.
ClassSession.csv file. Information for all class sessions is recorded in this file.
Using the Activities File
The system records information about the activities that took place during the class
session in this file. Information includes:
ClassSessionID. Class ID number unique to the funding programme.
ClassName. Name of the class as defined in the software.
ActivityTypeID. Type of activity that took place during the class. The ID correponds
to the activity types defined in the Activity Type file.
ActivityDetail. Additional data about the activity type if available.
ActivityStart. Time the activity started.
ActivityEnd. Time the activity ended.
NumStudent. Number of students who participated in this activity.
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Using the ActivityTypes File
The ActivityTypes file is a look-up table that includes codes for identifying activity types
and a short description of each activity.
Activity ID Description
SC Screen Capture
CF Collect File
DF Delete File
SF Send File
RD Redistribute
SP Save to Portfolio
CM Collect Missing
SM Send Missing
US Umprompted Send
LP Live Presenter
QP-MC Quick Poll - Multiple Choice
QP-OR Quick Poll - Open Response
QP-EQ Quick Poll - Equations
QP-CE Quick Poll - Chemical Expression
QP-EX Quick Poll - Expressions
QP-IL Quick Poll - Image with labels
QP-IP Quick Poll - Image with point(s)
QP-CP Quick Poll - Coordinate Points
QP-LS Quick Poll - Lists & Spreadsheet
Using the Attendance File
The system records information for each student who logged into a session in the
Attendance file. Information includes:
Class ID. The Class ID number unique to the funding programme.
Class Name. Name of the class as defined in the software.
Last Name. Last name of the student.
First Name. First name of the student.
Date and Time. Date and time when student logged in. Used to identify students
who logged in on time versus late.
Student ID. The ID of the student.
Using the Class Session File
The system records information for each class session by Class ID. Information
includes:
ClassSessionID. The Class ID number unique to the funding programme.
ClassName. Name of the class as defined in the software.
Start. Time the class started as recorded when the teacher clicks Begin Class.
End. Time the class ended as recorded when the teacher clicks End Class.
NumStudent. Number of students who logged in during the class session.
ClassSectionName. Name of the class section.
QuickPollTotalTime. Amount of time student spend on Quick Polls.
Managing Log Files
Session log files are managed automatically based upon their file size each time the
TI-Nspire™ is turned off. If the size of any one of the files is greater than 1 MB during
shutdown, a backup of each file is created in the SessionLogs folder with the following
names:
• Activities-bak.csv
• ActivityTypes-bak.csv
• Attendance-bak.csv
• ClassSession-bak.csv
Note: If a backup file already exists, it will be overwritten with a newer version.
The next time the TI-Nspire™ is turned on, four new, empty log files will be created.
Packaging and Sending Session Logs
The district administrator must report usage to the funding source for auditing
purposes at regular intervals. When files are requested, teachers can easily package
the session files into a zip file and send the file to the administrator. The zip file
preserves the format and dependencies of the activity files, and includes a default file
name that identifies the zip file for the administrator.
Complete the following steps to package the files in the SessionLogs folder into a zip
file and send the file to the administrator.
1. From the Content Workspace, click File > Package Session Logs.
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Note: This menu item is only available if the SessionLogs folder was created.
The previous session log content is saved. Subsequent session data will append to
the existing files in the same folder as the previous sessions.
The software packages the files into a zip file and assigns a default name (TI_PKG_
SessionLogs_MMDDYYYY). The Logs package dialogue box opens.
2. Click Yes to go to the location where the zip file was saved.
Windows® Explorer (or Finder) opens. The zip file is saved in the same location as
the SessionLogs folder. For example, if you have TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ NC
Teacher Software, the SessionLogs folder is stored in the following location:
PC:
...\My Documents\My TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ NC Teacher Software\
Mac®:
.../Documents/My TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ NC Teacher Software/
3. Email the zip file to the administrator.
Data is appended to the existing file each time you start a new session. If you no
longer need the information after the files are sent to the administrator, remove
them from the SessionLogs folder and keep the zip file. The system will generate
new files the next time you start a new session.
Using the Content Workspace
The Content Workspace provides access and navigation to folders and files stored on
your computer, network, and external drives, allowing you to open, copy, and transfer
files to students.
Exploring the Content Workspace
ÀResources pane. Select content here. You can select folders and shortcuts on
your computer, network drives, external drives, or web content. If you are
using software that supports TI-Nspire handhelds, the Connected Handhelds
heading is visible when handhelds are connected.
Note: You can add new links to your favourite Web sites in the Links section.
You can access these new links in the Content pane. New links may not be
added to the Web content section.
ÁNavigation bar. Navigate to any location on your computer by clicking an item
in the breadcrumb trail. When you select a resource, the options shown are
specific to that resource.
ÂContent pane. By default, the folders on your desktop are displayed. Use this
space to locate and view files on your computer. You can locate and access
files on a connected handheld if using software that supports handhelds. Use
the top half of the space as you would a file manager. The Content pane is able
to display the contents of only one selected item at a time. Avoid selecting
more than one item at a time.
ÃPreview pane. Shows details about the selected file or folder.
Exploring the Resources Pane
Use the Resources pane to locate documents on a computer, access web content, and
communicate with connected handhelds if using TI-Nspire™ software that supports
connected handhelds.
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ÀComputer Content. Enables navigation to all files on a computer, network
drives and external drives. Computer Content expands and collapses to provide
access to the following default shortcuts:
Local Disk
External drives
Network drives
• Desktop
Documents or My Documents
When you select an item in Computer Content, the file structure appears in
the Content pane. When you select a folder or supported file, the detail is
displayed in the Preview pane.
ÁLinks. By default, links to Texas Instruments sites are listed. When you click
Links, it shows a list of links in the Content pane. Then when you click a link
there, it launches in your web browser. You can add your own links to this
section. Links from the latest version of the TI-Nspire™ software are added
when you upgrade.
Users located in the United States can search US standards or textbooks by
selecting the search option from Links.
ÂWeb Content. Lists links to Texas Instruments sites that contain TI-Nspire™-
supported activities. Web Content is available if you are connected to the
Internet. You can save material you find on these sites to your computer and
share items through the Computer Content pane or Connected Handhelds if
using software that supports handhelds. You cannot save links to websites in
the Web Content section.
Note: The web content that is available varies depending on region. If there
is no online content, this section is not visible in the Resources pane.
When you select an item in Web Content, the list of activities is displayed in
the Content pane and a preview of the selected activity is displayed in the
Preview pane.
ÃConnected Handhelds. Lists information about the handhelds connected to
your computer. To see folders and files on a specific handheld, click its name.
Each handheld name is shown with a status icon:
A logged-in symbol ( ) indicates that a student is logged in to the
handheld and the handheld is not in Press-to-Test mode.
A padlock symbol ( ) Shows that the handheld has been placed in
Press-to-Test mode by the Prepare Handhelds command. If the padlock
is combined with a warning symbol ( ), the handheld is in
Press-to-Test mode but was not placed in that mode by the Prepare
Handhelds command.
A single warning symbol ( ) indicates that the version of the handheld
OS does not match the teacher's software version.
To open a tooltip containing status details, hover the mouse pointer over the
status icon.
Note:Connected Handhelds are not shown if there are no handhelds
connected or if you are using TI-Nspire Navigator™ NC Teacher Software.
Using the Preview Pane
ÀA thumbnail preview of the selected folder, .tns file, file-type icon, or lesson
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bundle. Double-click a file-type icon to open the file in its associated
application.
Note: If a lesson bundle is empty and this space is blank, you have the
option to add files.
ÁIf a TI-Nspire™ document has multiple pages, use the forward arrow to
preview the next page. The backward arrow becomes active so you can move
backward through the pages. If working with a lesson bundle, you can choose
to preview a TI-Nspire document within the bundle by this method.
ÂIf a lesson bundle is selected, the Files dialogue box opens above the Details
window listing the files in the lesson bundle. Double-click any file in a lesson
bundle to open the file in its associated application.
ÃIf a folder is selected, the Details window shows the name of the folder, the
path where the folder is located, and the date modified.
For document files and lesson bundle files, the Details window shows the
name, the date the file was modified, the file size, and whether or not the file
is read only.
Accessing Computer Content
Computer Content provides access to all information stored on your computer,
network, and external drives.
Using the Navigation bar
The Content pane Navigation bar provides tools needed to locate folders and files.
ÀOptions. Click ¤to open the menu to access options for working with files
and folders.
ÁCurrent path: Contains a clickable breadcrumb trail of the current location.
Click a breadcrumb to navigate to any section in the path.
ÂSearch. Enter a search keyword and press Enter to find all files within the
selected folder containing that word.
Filtering Computer Content
Use this filtering option for easy access and selection of your teaching content. You can
select show TI-Nspire™ content only or to show all content.
1. Select a folder in Computer Content in the Resources pane.
2. From the Menu bar, select View > Filter by.
3. Choose one of the following options.
Show TI-Nspire content only
Show all content
Mapping a Network Drive
Complete the following steps to map a network drive.
1. Select Computer Content from the Resources list.
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2. Click , and then click Create Shortcut.
The Add Shortcut location to Content dialogue box opens.
3. Click Browse.
Note: You can also type the full path name for the network drive.
The Select Shortcut Folder dialogue box opens.
4. Navigate to the network drive.
5. Click Select.
6. Click Add Location.
The Please enter network drive credentials dialogue box opens.
7. Type the username and password given to you by your system administrator.
8. Click Accept.
The network drive is added to the list of folders under the Computer Content
heading in the Resources pane.
Accessing a Secured Network Drive
If access to a network drive requires authentication, complete the following steps to
access secured network.
1. Click the drive you want to access in the Resources pane.
The Please enter network drive credentials dialogue box opens.
2. Type your username and password.
3. Click Accept.
Using Shortcuts
Use this option to add folders or lesson bundles containing frequently used files to the
Computer Content list.
Adding a Shortcut
To add a shortcut to a folder containing files you access often:
1. Navigate to the folder where the files are located.
2. Click , and then click Create Shortcut.
The folder is added to the list of folders under Computer Content in the Resources
pane.
Deleting a Shortcut
To delete a shortcut:
1. From the Computer Content list, select the folder to be deleted.
2. Right-click the selected folder, and then click Remove Shortcut.
The folder is removed from the list of shortcuts.
Note: You cannot remove default shortcuts.
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Working with Links
By default, the Links list contains a list of links to Texas Instruments websites. Click a
link to launch your web browser and access the website.
Using the Links Toolbar
When you select Links in the Resources pane, the tools on the navigation bar are
specific to working with links. Use these tools to add, edit, or delete links from the list.
You can also move a link up or down in the list.
Options. Click ¤to open the menu to access options for working with
links.
Click this icon to add a link to the list.
Select an existing link, and then click this icon to edit the link’s
attributes. You cannot edit a default link.
Click this icon to delete a link. You cannot delete a default link.
Select a link and click this icon to move the link up in the list.
Select a link and click this icon to move the link down in the list.
Adding a Link
Complete the following steps to add a link to the list of Links in the Resource pane.
1. Click .
The Add Link dialogue box opens.
2. Type the name of the link.
3. Type the URL in the Address field.
4. Click Add Link.
The link is added to the bottom of the list of existing links.
Editing an Existing Link
Complete the following steps to edit an existing link.
1. Select the link you want to change.
2. Click .
The Edit Link dialogue box opens.
3. Make needed changes to the name of the link or to the URL.
4. Click Edit Link.
The changes are applied to the link.
Removing a Link
Complete the following steps to delete a link.
1. Select the link you want to delete.
2. Click .
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The confirmation dialogue box opens.
3. Click Remove.
The link is removed from the list.
Note: You cannot delete a default link.
Moving Links Up or Down in the List
You can change the order of the links in the list to suit your needs.
Click to move a selected link up one place in the list.
Click to move a selected link down one place in the link.
Click , and then select Move to Top of List to relocate a selected link to the top
of the list.
Click , and then select Move to Bottom of List to relocate a selected link to the
bottom of the list.
Using Web Content
Web Content provides links to online materials on Texas Instruments websites. You can
save material found on these websites to your computer and share them using the
Computer Content pane and Connected Handhelds.
Information provided for each activity includes the name of the activity, the author, the
date the activity was posted, the size of the file, and the source.
ÀNavigation toolbar.
ÁColumn headings.
ÂList of available activities.
ÃList of the files contained in the activity.
ÄDetails about the selected activity.
Note: An Internet connection is required to access Texas Instruments websites.
Sorting the List of Activities
Use the column headings to sort the information in the list of activities. By default the
list is displayed in alphabetical order by Name.
Click the Name heading to list activities in reverse alphabetical order. Click the
heading again to return to A to Z order.
Click the Author heading to list the activities in alphabetical order by author name.
Click the Date Posted heading to list the activities in order from newest to oldest or
from oldest to newest.
Click the Size heading to list the activities according to file size.
Click the Source heading to list the activities in order by source.
Right-click the column heading row to customize displayed column headings.
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Filtering the List of Activities
By default, all available activities are listed in the Content pane. Options on the
Navigation bar enable you to filter the activities by subject, topic, and category. You
can also search for an activity using a keyword search.
To find all activities related to a particular subject:
1. In the Subject field, click ¤to open the drop-down list.
2. Select a subject.
All activities related to the selected subject are listed.
3. To narrow the search, click ¤in the Topic field to view and select a topic related
to the subject selected.
4. Use the Category field to narrow the search even further. Click ¤to select a
category related to the selected subject and topic.
Using Keywords to Search for an Activity
Complete the following steps to search for an activity using a keyword or phrase.
1. Type a keyword or phrase in the Filter by Keyword field.
2. Press Enter.
All activities that contain the keyword or phrase are listed.
Opening an Activity
1. Select the activity you want to open.
2. Click , and then select Open.
The Open Activity dialogue box opens with a list of all documents related to the
selected activity.
You can open a .tns or .tsnp file in the TI-Nspire™ software. Other files such as
Microsoft® Word and Adobe® PDF files open in their respective applications.
3. Select the file and click ¢, and then select Open.
The .tns file opens in the Documents Workspace.
The .doc or .pdf file opens in its associated application.
Saving an Activity to Your Computer
Complete the following steps to save an activity to your computer.
1. Select the activity you want to save. The file details are displayed in the bottom
half of the window.
2. Click Save this Activity to Computer in Preview pane, above Files.
Note: You can also right-click on the selected activity and choose Save to Computer.
The Save Selected files dialogue box opens.
3. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.
4. Click Save.
The activity is saved to your computer as a lesson bundle.
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Copying an Activity
Complete the following steps to copy an activity. Once the activity is copied to the
Clipboard, you can paste the activity into a folder on your computer, and then drag the
activity to your list of shortcuts in the Local Content pane.
1. Click the activity you want to copy to select it.
2. Use one of the following methods to copy the activity to the Clipboard:
Select the activity and drag it to a folder in the Local Content list.
Click , and then click Copy.
Right-click on a file in the Files list, and then click Copy.
Click (Copy icon), which is located in the toolbar.
The activity is copied to the Clipboard.
3. Open a folder on your computer, and then click Edit > Paste to copy the activity to
the selected folder.
Sending Files to Class
You can send files and folders to your whole class, members of the class currently
logged in or to individual students. Class must be in session for you to send the files.
When you send a file to the whole class, all students currently logged in will receive
the file immediately. Students not logged in will receive the file when they log in.
Notes:
Only TI-Nspire™ (.tns) and PublishView™ (.tnsp) file types open in the TI-Nspire™
software.
Other file types (if supported) such as images, word processing or spreadsheet
files, open in the application the operating system has associated with the file
type.
Sending Files from the Content or Documents Workspaces
1. Select the file you want to send to the class.
From the Content Workspace, click the file in the Content pane.
From the Documents Workspace, click the file in the Content Explorer.
2. Click Send to Class , or click File>Send to> Send to Class.
The Select individual(s) dialogue box opens.
3. Select the student(s) to whom you want to send the file:
To send the file to the whole class, click Class . To send the file only to
class members who are currently logged in, select the Logged in only check box.
To send the file to an individual student, click Individuals and then click the
student.
Note: If you had any students selected in the classroom area, the software
already has them selected.
Use the Send to handheld folder drop-down list to choose from the current
class folder, the top level folder on the handheld or the last 10 folders that files
were sent to. (Available only on TI-Nspire™ software that supports handhelds.)
4. Click Finish.
The file transfer appears in the Class Record in the Class Workspace.
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Using the Documents Workspace
Use this workspace to create, modify, and view TI-Nspire™ and PublishView
documents, and to demonstrate mathematical concepts.
Exploring the Documents Workspace
ÀDocuments Toolbox. Contains tools such as the Document Tools menu, Page
Sorter, TI-SmartView™ emulator, Utilities, and Content Explorer. Click each
icon to access the available tools. When you are working in a TI-Nspire
document, the tools available are specific to that document. When you are
working in a PublishView™ document, the tools are specific to that document
type.
ÁToolbox pane. Options for the selected tool are displayed in this area. For
example, click the Document Tools icon to access tools needed to work with
the active application.
Note: In the TI-Nspire™ CX Teacher Software, the tool for configuring questions
opens in this space when you insert a question. For more information, see
Using Question in the TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software.
ÂWork area. Shows the current document and enables you to perform
calculations, add applications, and add pages and problems. Only one document
at a time is active (selected). Multiple documents appear as tabs.
ÃDocument information. Shows the names of all open documents. When there
too many open documents to list, click the forward and backward arrows to
scroll through the open documents.
Using the Documents Toolbox
The Documents Toolbox, located on the left side of the workspace, contains tools
needed for working with both TI-Nspire™ documents and PublishView™ documents.
When you click a toolbox icon, the associated tools appear in the Toolbox pane.
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Exploring Document Tools
In the following example, the Document Tools menu is open showing the options for the
Calculator application. In TI-Nspire documents, the Document Tools menu contains tools
available for working with an application. The tools are specific to the active application.
In PublishView™ documents, the Document Tools menu contains tools needed to insert
TI-Nspire™ applications and TI-Nspire™ documents, as well as multimedia objects such
as text boxes, images, and links to websites and files. For more information, see
Working with PublishView™ Documents.
ÀThe Documents Toolbox menu.
ÁTools available for the Calculator application. Click ¢to open the submenu for
each option.
ÂClick to close and click to open Document Tools.
Exploring the Page Sorter
The following example shows the Documents Toolbox with the Page Sorter open. Use
the Page Sorter to:
See the number of problems in your document and where you are.
Move from one page to another by clicking on the page you want.
Add, cut, copy, and paste pages and problems within the same document or
between documents.
Note: When you are working in a PublishView™ document, the Page Sorter is not
available in the Documents Toolbox.
ÀThe Documents Toolbox menu.
ÁClick the minus sign to collapse the view. Click the + sign to open the view and
show pages in the document.
ÂScroll bar. The scroll bar is only active when there are too many pages to show
in the pane.
Exploring the TI-SmartView Feature
The TI-SmartView™ feature emulates how a handheld works. In the teacher software, the
emulated handheld facilitates classroom presentations. In the student software, the
emulated keypad gives students the ability to drive the software as if using a handheld.
Note: Content is displayed on the TI-SmartView™ small screen only when the document is
in Handheld view.
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When working in a PublishView™ document, TI-SmartView™ emulator is not available.
Note: The following illustration shows the TI-SmartView™ panel in the teacher
software. In the Student Software, only the keypad is shown. For more information,
see Using the TI-SmartView™ Emulator.
ÀThe Documents Toolbox menu.
ÁHandheld Selector. Click ¤to select which handheld to show in the pane:
TI-Nspire™ CX or TI-Nspire™ CX CAS
Then, select how to show the handheld:
• Normal
High contrast
• Outline
ÂView selector. In the teacher software, click ¤to select the handheld view:
Handheld only
Keypad plus side screen
Handheld plus side screen
Note: You can also change these options in the TI-SmartView™ Options
window. Click File> Settings > TI-Smartview™ Options to open the window.
Note: The view selector is not available in the student software.
When the Handheld Only display is active, select Always in Front to keep the
display in front of all other open applications. (Teacher software only.)
Exploring Utilities
Utilities provides access to the math templates and operators, special symbols,
catalogue items, and libraries that you need when working with documents. In the
following example, the Math templates tab is open.
ÀThe Documents Toolbox menu.
ÁMath Templates are open. Double-click a template to add it to a document.
Click the Math Template tab to close the template view.
To open the Symbols, Catalogue, Math Operators, and Libraries, click the tab.
ÂWizards On check box. Select this option to use a wizard to enter function
arguments.
ÃTabs for opening views where you can select and add symbols, catalogue items,
math operators, and library items to a document. Click the tab to open the
view.
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Exploring Content Explorer
Use Content Explorer to:
See a list of files on your computer.
Create and manage lesson bundles.
If using software that supports connected handhelds, you can:
- See a list of files on any connected handheld.
- Update the OS on connected handhelds.
- Transfer files between a computer and connected handhelds.
Note: If you are using TI-Nspire™ software that does not support connected handhelds,
the Connected Handheld heading is not shown in the Content Explorer pane.
ÀThe Documents Toolbox menu.
ÁShows files on your computer and the name of the folder where the files are
located. Click ¤to navigate to another folder on the computer.
ÂThe list of folders and files within the folder named in the Look In: field. Right-click
on a highlighted file or folder to open the context menu listing available actions for
that file or folder.
ÃClick to close the list of files. Click to open the list of files.
ÄOptions menu. Click ¤to open the menu of actions you can perform on a
selected file:
Open an existing file or folder.
Move (navigate) up one level in the folder hierarchy.
Create a new folder.
Create a new lesson bundle.
Rename a file or folder.
Copy selected file or folder.
Paste file or folder copied to Clipboard.
Delete selected file or folder.
Select all files in a folder.
Package lesson bundles.
Refresh the view.
Install OS.
ÅConnected handhelds. Lists the connected handhelds. Multiple handhelds are listed
if more than one handheld is connected to the computer or when using the
TI-Nspire Docking Stations.
ÆThe name of the connected handheld. To show the folders and files on a handheld,
double-click the name.
Click ¤to navigate to another folder on the handheld.
Using the Work Area
The space on the right side of the workspace provides an area for creating and working
with TI-Nspire™ and PublishView™ documents. This work area provides a view of the
document so that you can add pages, add applications, and perform all work. Only one
document at a time is active.
When you create a document, you specify its page size as Handheld or Computer. This
is how the page is displayed in the work area.
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Handheld page size is optimized for the smaller screen of a handheld. This page
size can be viewed on handhelds, computer screens, and tablets. The content is
scaled when viewed on a larger screen.
Computer page size takes advantage of the larger space of a computer screen.
These documents can show details with less scrolling required. The content is not
scaled when viewed on a handheld.
You can change the page preview to see how the document will look in a different
page size.
To change the page preview, click Document Preview on the toolbar, and then click
Handheld or Computer.
For more information on page size and document preview, see Working with
TI-Nspire™ Documents.
Changing Document Settings
Document settings control how all numbers, including elements or matrices and lists,
are displayed in TI-Nspire™ and PublishView™ documents. You can change the default
settings at anytime and you can specify settings for a specific document.
Changing Document Settings
1. Create a new document or open an existing document.
2. From the TI-Nspire™ File menu, select Settings>DocumentSettings.
The Document Settings dialogue box opens.
When you open Document Settings the first time, the default settings are
displayed.
3. Press Tab or use your mouse to move through the list of settings. Click ¤to open
the drop-down list to view the available values for each setting.
Field Value
Display Digits Float
Float1 - Float12
Fix0 - Fix12
Angle • Radian
• Degree
• Gradian
Exponential Format Normal
• Scientific
• Engineering
Real or Complex Format Real
• Rectangular
• Polar
Calculation Mode Auto
CAS: Exact
• Approximate
Note: Auto mode shows an answer that is not a
whole number as a fraction except when a decimal is
used in the problem. Exact mode (CAS) shows an
answer that is not a whole number as a fraction or in
symbolic form, except when a decimal is used in the
problem.
Vector Format Rectangular
• Cylindrical
• Spherical
Base • Decimal
• Hex
• Binary
Unit System (CAS) SI
• Eng/U.S.
4. Click the desired setting.
5. Choose one of the following options:
To apply the customized settings to ALL documents, click Make Default.
To apply the settings to the open document only, click OK.
To restore default settings, click Restore.
Click Cancel to close the dialogue box without making changes.
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Changing Graphs & Geometry Settings
Graphs & Geometry settings control how information is displayed in open problems
and in subsequent new problems. When you change the Graphs & Geometry settings,
the selections become the default settings for all work in these applications.
Complete the following steps to customize the application settings for graphs and
geometry.
1. Create a new graphs and geometry document or open an existing document.
2. In the Documents Toolbox, click to open the Graphs & Geometry application
menu.
3. Click Settings > Settings.
The Graphs & Geometry Settings dialogue box opens.
4. Press Tab or use your mouse to move through the list of settings. Click ¢to open
the drop-down list to view the available values for each setting.
Field Values
Display Digits Auto
• Float
Float1 - Float12
Fix0 - Fix12
Graphing Angle Auto
• Radian
• Degree
• Gradian
Field Values
Geometry Angle Auto
• Radian
• Degree
• Gradian
5. Select the desired setting.
6. Select a check box to enable an option or clear a check box to disable an option.
Check box Operation when selected
Automatically hide
plot labels
Plot labels are displayed only when selected, grabbed,
or hovered.
Show axis end values A numeric label is displayed at the least and greatest
values visible on an axis
Show tool tips for
function manipulation
Shows helpful information as you manipulate function
graphs
Automatically find a
point of interest
Shows zeros, minima, and maxima for graphed functions
and objects while tracing function graphs.
7. Choose one of the following options:
To apply the customized settings to ALL graphs and geometry documents, click
Make Default.
To apply the settings to the open document only, click OK.
To restore default settings, click Restore.
Click Cancel to close the dialogue box without making changes.
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Working with TI-Nspire™ Documents
All work that you create and save using TI-Nspire™ applications is stored as a
document, which you can share with others using TI-Nspire™ software and with those
using handhelds. There are two types of documents:
TI-Nspire™ document (.tns file)
PublishView™ document (.tnsp file)
TI-Nspire™ Documents
A TI-Nspire™ document consists of one or more problems. Each problem can contain
one or more pages. A single page is displayed in the work area. All work occurs in the
applications within pages.
Because the TI-Nspire™ software and handhelds share the same functionality, you can
transfer TI-Nspire™ documents between computers and handhelds. When you create a
document, you select one of two page sizes.
Handheld. Size: 320 ×217 pixels. This size allows documents to be viewed on all
platforms. The content will be scaled when viewed on a tablet or larger screen.
Computer. Size: 640 ×434 pixels. The content will not be scaled when viewed on
smaller platforms. Some content may not be visible on a handheld device.
You can convert a document from one page size to the other any time.
PublishView™ Documents
PublishView™ documents can be printed on a standard piece of paper or published to a
website or blog. PublishView™ documents can include formatted text, images and
hyperlinks as well as all TI-Nspire™ applications.
For more information, see Working with PublishView™ Documents.
Creating a New TI-Nspire Document
When you open the software, the Documents Workspace opens with a blank document
containing one problem. You can add applications and content to this problem to
create a document.
Note: The Welcome Screen is displayed when you open the software if the "always
show this at startup" option is selected. Click an application icon to add a problem with
an active application to a new document.
To create a new document, complete the following steps:
1. On the TI-Nspire™ File menu,
Select New TI-Nspire Document - Handheld Page Size.
-or-
Select New TI-Nspire Document - Computer Page Size.
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The new document opens in the Documents Workspace, and you are prompted to
select an application.
2. Select an application to add a problem to the document.
The problem is added to the document.
Opening an Existing Document
To open an existing document:
1. Click File > Open Document.
—or
Click .
The Open dialogue box opens.
2. Use the file browser to locate the file you want to open and click the file to select
it.
3. Click Open.
The document opens in the work area.
Note: To select from your 10 most recent documents, click File > Recent Documents
and select a document from the drop-down list.
Saving TI-Nspire™ Documents
To save a new document:
1. Click File > Save Document or click .
The Save TI-Nspire™ Document dialogue box opens.
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2. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the document or create a folder in
which to store the document.
3. Type a name for the new document.
4. Click Save to save the document.
The document closes and is saved with the extension .tns.
Note: When you save a file, the software looks in the same folder the next time you
open a file.
Saving a Document with a New Name
To save a previously saved document in a new folder and/or with a new name:
1. Click File > Save As.
The Save TI-Nspire™ Document dialogue box opens.
2. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the document or create a folder in
which to store the document.
3. Type a new name for the document.
4. Click Save to save the document with a new name.
Deleting Documents
File deletions on your computer are sent to the Recycle bin and can be retrieved if the
Recycle bin has not been emptied.
Note: File deletions on the handheld are permanent and cannot be undone, so be sure
that you want to delete the file that you select.
1. Select the document you want to delete.
2. Click Edit > Delete or press Delete.
The Warning dialogue box opens.
3. Click Yes to confirm the delete.
The document is deleted.
Closing Documents
To close a document, click File > Close or click the Close icon on the document tab
at the bottom of the document.
If working in tiled view, click the Close icon in the upper right corner of the
document window.
Formatting Text in Documents
Use the text formatting tools to format text in TI-Nspire™ applications that allow text
input, and to format text in PublishView™ documents. By default, the text formatting
toolbar opens in the area above an active document. Options on the toolbar are
enabled or disabled depending on the active application.
Option Function
Click ¤to open the menu for the active
application. This tool enables you to open an
application menu regardless of the option
selected in the Documents Toolbox.
Click ¤to select a background colour for
highlighting text or choose a fill colour for a
selected cell.
Click ¤to select the line colour for an object. For
example, in Graphs&Geometry, you can choose a
colour for a selected shape.
Click ¤to select a colour for selected text.
Use these tools to choose a font and set the size
of the font.
Click ¤to select a different font from the
drop-down box.
To select as specific font size, click ¤to
select a size from the drop-down box.
Click to increase the font size or click
to decrease the font size incrementally.
Click the appropriate tool to apply bold, italics or
underlining; apply superscript or subscript; or
strike out text.
In a PublishView™ document, use these tools to
position text within the header or footer, or in
text box. Clicking opens the Hyperlink
dialogue box.
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Option Function
For more information, see Working with
PublishView™ Documents.
Hiding and Showing the Formatting Toolbar
When the formatting toolbar is visible, click £(located under the toolbar) to hide
the toolbar.
Click ¤to show the toolbar when the formatting toolbar is hidden.
Using Colours in Documents
In the TI-Nspire™ applications that allow formatting, you can use colour in filled areas
of an object, or in lines or text, depending on the application you are using and how you
have selected the item. If the icon or menu item that you want to use is not available
(dimmed) after you have selected an item, colour is not an option for the selected
item.
Colours appear in documents opened on your computer and on the TI-Nspire™ CX
handheld.
Note: For more information about using colour in a TI-Nspire™ application, see the
chapter for that application.
Adding Colour from a List
To add colour to a fill area, line or text, complete the following steps:
1. Select the item.
2. Click Edit > Colour or select where you want to add colour (fill, line or text).
3. Select the colour from the list.
Adding Colour from a Palette
To add colour using the palette, complete the following steps:
1. Select the object.
2. Click the appropriate toolbar icon.
3. Select the colour from the palette.
Setting Page Size and Document Preview
When you create a document, you specify its page size as Handheld or Computer,
depending on how you expect the document to be used. Documents of both page sizes
can be opened on either platform, and you can convert the page size any time.
Handheld. Size: 320 ×217 pixels, fixed. Handheld documents can be viewed on all
platforms. You can magnify (zoom) the content when viewing it on a tablet or
larger screen.
Computer. Size: 640 ×434 pixels, minimum. Computer documents scale up
automatically to take advantage of higher resolution screens. The minimum size is
640×434, so some content may be clipped on handheld devices.
Note: You can view documents of either page size using Handheld or Computer
preview.
Converting the Current Document's Page Size
On the main TI-Nspire™ File menu, select Convert to, and then select the page size.
The software saves the current document and creates a copy that uses the
requested page size.
Viewing the Document in Handheld Preview
1. On the application toolbar, click DocumentPreview, and select Handheld.
The preview changes. This does not change the document's underlying page size.
2. (Optional) Adjust the viewing magnifi<