Orion TI- 30 XS Multiview Scientific Talking Calculator

The following description is from the APH Website including relevant features:

  • A fully-accessible handheld scientific calculator -- ideal for all students, middle school through college. And this calculator is available on Quota Funds.
  • The Orion TI-30XS MultiView™ Talking Scientific Calculator is a modified TI-30XS MultiView that adds accessibility and additional controls. APH partnered with Orbit Research® and Texas Instruments® to make this powerful calculator accessible.
  • Unique Access and Screen Review Capability to a Multiline Scientific Calculator The attachment consists of a unit on the back of the calculator with three function keys on the front of the calculator, above the display. These function keys control preferences, volume, rate, pause, silence, and the unique Learn mode. The comprehensive screen review function allows the user to move to previous line, next line, next word, next character, read all, and spell out the last spoken text.
  • Orion TI-30XS MultiView™ Talking Scientific Calculator User's Guide

Features:

  • Identical display and keypad functionality as the standard TI-30XS; helpful to teachers already familiar with the TI-30XS
  • Full speech access to all menus, mathematical expressions, text, and symbols displayed on the screen
  • Clear, high-quality recorded speech
  • Each key is announced when pressed
  • Comprehensive screen review
  • Unique Learn mode for instantaneous key identification without interrupting operations
  • High capacity, user replaceable, rechargeable battery
  • Battery or AC adapter operation
  • Easy on/off control and auto power-off
  • Fraction/decimal conversion
  • Edit, cut, and paste entries
  • (x-y) tables
  • 1- & 2- variable statistics

Includes:

  • Talking Scientific Calculator with specially designed hard plastic slide cover and original TI-30XS MultiView hard snap cover
  • Standard A male to Micro-B male USB cable
  • USB wall plug
  • Earphones
  • USB flash drive with documentation
  • Quick-Start Guide in print and braille
     

Dimensions: 6.8 inches x 3.8 inches x 0.8 inch.

Strengths: 

Susan Osterhaus recommends it and lauds its neat and compact shape.  She writes:

"I really do like the Orion TI-30XS – so nice and slim. They finally removed the buttons from the side of the calculator, which I hated in previous ones, as we were always accidentally entering learning mode. I got to be 'in on' the design of this, and I really pushed for using the solar screen area for the Orion or talking keys."
Limitations: 

Susan Osterhaus writes:  "I do want to speak up about something else that REALLY bothers me. That is the way the calculator reads a fractional answer. It says 3 divided by 5 for the fraction three fifths. I know it can’t say three fifths, but I want it to say '3 over 5' not '3 divided by 5.'  Divided by is the division sign with a horizontal bar and a dot above and below it. The calculator said something else previously which I also didn’t like, but I thought I made it clear then that the word 'over' should be used. I’ve asked other teachers here at TSBVI, and they don’t like the 'divided by' either. Since you are suggesting using the 'over' on the help mode key changes, I’m hoping that I’m not the only one requesting this. If you are going to have it said 'correctly' in helping mode, you certainly should have it read correctly when doing the actual calculation."

Ordering Info: 
  • Available from APH On Quota Funds for $399.00