Math students are still bound to their trusty graphing calculator. Teachers need to teach students how to use these calculators. The problem is that those devices are tiny and it’s difficult to show specific steps to your students. It is much easier to project the steps you take on your calculator for all to see.The tip of the hat this week goes to Lee Chern for showing us this really amazing tip! This is the ultimate guide on how to run a graphing calculator on your computer, and display it on your projector.
Install a Graphing Calculator Emulator
The first steps is to install an app called an emulator. There are emulators for a lot of devices (including your favorite childhood video game consoles, be it a Nintendo or a Sega). This specific one will allow you to run a virtual copy of a graphics calculator on your computer.
Head over to the Calculator Emulator website, and download the version which corresponds to your system (Windows, Mac or Android).
Once downloaded, install it on your computer. For a Mac, the install takes two steps:
- Double click on the downloaded ZIP archive to uncompress it.
- Drag and drop the uncompressed app file into your Applications folder.
NOTE: when you try to run the Emulator for the first time, you may receive a warning that the app is not recognized by Apple. Go to System Preferences > Security > General and click on Open Anyway to bypass the unnecessary warning
Download the Calculator ROM
The next step is to download the ROM, the virtual copy of the device. A ROM (Read-Only Memory file) is a package, much like a firmware which contains all the files needed to emulate the device. Here you can download the ROM for a popular graphics calculator used in math and science classes.
Click on the ROM file to download it. It’s best to keep this file in a good location so you can find it easily in the future.
Run the Graphics Calculator on your Laptop
The final steps are also uncomplicated:
- Launch the emulator from your Applications.
- Click on File > Open.
- Choose the ROM file you just downloaded it.
Display the Graphics Calculator on your Projector
Once the graphics calculator is launched, the virtual-copy works exactly like the physical device. You can either click on the keys with your mouse, or you can use your numeric keypad to enter numbers and operations.
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