On October 28th, 23 Vernier Software & Technology employees volunteered their time to plant trees in the wetlands near our office. This was a joint project with the non-profit group, The Friends of Trees. We planted 200 trees and spent a lot of effort to make sure the trees survive. The trees that were planted in the same spot five years ago were all destroyed by nutria from the nearby creek. We used tubes, stakes, and wire to keep the nutria away.
It was a physically exhausting job, but we had a good time and it will be very interesting to watch the trees grow over the next few years.
Vernier’s 25th anniversary is fast approaching and we want you to share the celebration. We know that many of you have great stories about how data-collection technology changed your teaching and enhanced your students’ learning. We want to celebrate your use of technology in science and showcase your classroom. If we publish your story, you will receive 25th Anniversary T-shirt, and $100 Vernier Gift Certificate. We will be publishing up to 25 stories.
It is the goal of English Language Learners (ELL) teachers to make every lesson a language lesson. Using lessons with hands-on activities not only gets the children physically active in a lesson, but also provides opportunities for developing language. This has been the experience of Charlotte Park Elementary School first grade ELL teacher Dr. Juanita M. “Marti” Moore.
Interested in what research supports the use of probeware in the classroom? Pick up the October 2005 issue of The Science Teacher for a two-part series showing how data-collection technology fosters student learning supported by research and practical examples on how to integrate Vernier into your curriculum.
If you are a NSTA member, you can read both parts of the full article “Technology in the Lab” online at NSTA’s website.
On August 19th, 20 Vernier employees packed backpacks with school supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies. The eager team packed 386 backpacks with pouches, folders, rulers, spiral notebooks, pencils, and crayons donated by Vernier Software & Technology.
All the backpacks then were delivered to Creston Elementary in Portland, OR to start the students off to a new year with the supplies they’ll use to learn, grow, and succeed.
Beaverton, OR – January 26, 2005 – Vernier Software & Technology today announced a new level of simplicity in collecting data with the TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators. The Vernier EasyTemp is a sensor that plugs directly into the calculators’ built-in USB port and eliminates the need for an additional interface when collecting temperature data. The Vernier EasyData application comes pre-loaded on TI’s newest graphing calculators: the TI-84 Plus and the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. The technology is simple to use: once the EasyTemp sensor is plugged in, the EasyData program automatically launches, and you are ready to collect data.
“Texas Instruments and Vernier are long-time partners, and our newest collaboration has greatly simplified data collection with TI graphing calculators,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “In the past, math and science educators bought their calculators and had to download an application. Now they just plug in the EasyTemp probe, and they are ready to collect data. It’s the perfect solution for collecting temperature data with a calculator.”
Designed for students from middle school through the early college years, EasyTemp and the TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators are portable enough to be used for collecting temperature data in the field as well as in the classroom. The stainless steel EasyTemp probe is durable for classroom use and covers a temperature range of -20 to 110 degrees Celsius.
Students can operate the Vernier EasyData application quickly and easily by using the five graph keys located directly below the calculator’s graph screen. Vernier EasyData options are displayed in pop-up dialog boxes or simple wizards. Once the data have been collected, the student can use the functionality of the calculator to analyze the data or download the data to a computer using a TI GRAPH-LINK™ cable and Vernier’s Logger Pro 3 software. Vernier EasyData is also compatible for use with the TI-83 Plus family of graphing calculators and CBL 2™ and the Vernier LabPro® data-collection systems.
“Vernier EasyData and Vernier EasyTemp make data gathering much more intuitive. The use of the graphing buttons as controls of the menu reduces the number of different types of key strokes and again focuses the user on the data gathering aspect of the experience,” said John Heil, science teacher at International School in Kirkland, Washington. “This application combines the ease of computer software with the portability and price advantage of a graphing calculator.”
Two activities are included with the purchase of the EasyTemp probe, and 10 additional activities can be downloaded from wwww.vernier.com/ez-tmp. The web page also includes eight activities for middle school and high school science, as well as two activities for high school math.
“I found both Vernier EasyTemp and Vernier EasyData very simple to use,” said Richelle Blair, professor of mathematics at Lakeland Community College in Kirkland, Ohio. “I’m a person who tries technology before reading the instructions, and I was able to figure out how to work with the sensor and application with little instruction.”
Pricing and Availability
The Vernier EasyTemp probe will be available in late February from Vernier Software & Technology for a price of $38. The Vernier EasyData application is currently available and may be downloaded for free onto any TI-84 Plus or TI-83 Plus family of graphing calculators at wwww.vernier.com/easydata.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for more than 20 years and has provided an award-winning, data-collection interface for calculators through a partnership with Texas Instruments for over 10 years. Vernier’s easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, software and curriculum, can be found in education from middle school to college. Vernier’s latest endeavors provide quality tools for elementary schools. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. For more information, visit Vernier online at www.vernier.com.