A Teacher`s Guide to Updating Multiple TI

A Teacher’s Guide to Updating
Multiple TI-Nspire Handhelds
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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Get Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Method Comparison Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Method I – Step by Step: Sending Updates Using Unit-to-Unit Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Method II – Step by Step: Sending Updates Using TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ Teacher Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Method III – Step by Step: Sending Updates Using TI-Nspire™ Docking Stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
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Introduction
Get Started
The TI-Nspire handhelds offer an upgradeable operating system (OS)
that allows TI to periodically offer enhanced features for the product.
This guide outlines four methods that can be used to update the OS
in class sets of TI-Nspire handhelds.
1. TI-Nspire™ keypads must be snapped in place to proceed with
OS updates.
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OS updates are posted online where they can be downloaded and
transferred to your handhelds using the tools and processes outlined
in this guide. Be sure to check for updates each semester so you do
not miss the latest improvements. Information about OS updates can
be found at education.ti.com/nspire/update.
2. F ind the version on the handhelds by first identifying your home
screen below and following the directions beside it.
Version
V1.0 to v1.7
Home Screen
Find the OS version by
Home > 8: System Info >
5: About
Don’t forget to update your TI-Nspire™ computer software at the
same time.
» I f you use TI-Nspire or TI-Nspire™ CAS computer software, be sure to
update these applications at the same time to ensure compatibility
when you send and receive TI-Nspire™ documents between your
computer and handheld.
» O
nce a TI-Nspire™ document is opened in a newer version of
computer software or on a handheld with a newer version of the
OS, the document may convert to the latest version and may not be
reopened in the earlier version.
» O
nce a TI-Nspire handheld is updated to the latest version of the
OS, it can only be reverted to v3.1; it cannot revert to any earlier
version of the OS.
» T o load the latest OS version, you will need to have 15MB of free
space for the OS file. To free space, please delete or transfer files
to a computer.
There are several methods for updating class sets of handhelds:
» Method I: Using Unit-to-Unit Transfer
» Method II: Using TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ Teacher Software
V2.0 to 3.1
3. D
epending on your TI-Nspire handheld and current OS version,
you may need to update directly to the latest OS or perform a series
of OS updates. Please see the chart below for your specific update
path. Once you identify your update path, proceed to the Method
Comparison Chart to identify the best way for updating your
operating system.
Handheld
Type
Current
OS
Update Path
Obtain OS at
TI-Nspire CX
Handheld
3.0 to 3.1
Update to
v3.2 directly
education.ti.com/nspire/update/tco
TI-Nspire CX
CAS Handheld
3.0 to 3.1
Update to
v3.2 directly
education.ti.com/nspire/update/tcc
1.1 to 1.3
Update
handhelds to
v1.7 first, v3.1
second, and
v3.2 third
V1.7 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tno17
V3.1 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tno31
V3.2 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tno
1.4 to 2.1
Update
handhelds to
v3.1 first, and
v3.2 second
V3.1 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tno31
V3.2 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tno
3.0 to 3.1
Update to
v3.2 directly
education.ti.com/nspire/update/tno
1.1 to 1.3
Update to
v1.7 first, and
v3.2 second
V1.7 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tnc17
V3.2 education.ti.com/nspire/update/tnc
1.4 to 3.1
Update to
v3.2 directly
education.ti.com/nspire/update/tnc
» Method III: Using TI-Nspire™ Docking Stations
Each TI-Nspire handheld uses a distinct operating system file:
TI-Nspire handheld
TI-Nspire operating system file
TI-Nspire™ CX handheld
TI-Nspire™ CX CAS handheld
TI-Nspire handheld (Touchpad and Clickpad)
TI-Nspire CAS handheld
(Touchpad and Clickpad)
TI-Nspire.tco
TI-Nspire.tcc
TI-Nspire.tno
TI-Nspire.tnc
Home > 5: Setting >
4: Status
TI-Nspire
Handheld
(Touchpad
and Clickpad)
TI-Nspire CAS
Handheld
(Touchpad
and Clickpad)
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Method Comparison Chart
A brief overview of each method is provided in the following chart.
Method I: Using
Unit-to-Unit Transfer
Method II: Using
TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ Teacher Software
Method III: Using
TI-Nspire™ Docking Stations
Required
Software
TI-Nspire™ or TI-Nspire CAS Student
or Teacher Software
TI-Nspire or TI-Nspire CAS Navigator
Teacher Software
TI-Nspire or TI-Nspire CAS
Teacher Software
Required
Hardware
Unit-to-Unit Cable(s)
TI-Navigator™ Access Point
TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ Cradles or
TI-Nspire™ CX Wireless Network Adapters
TI-Nspire Docking Station connected to a teacher’s
computer and a power strip or wall outlet.
All TI-Nspire™ handhelds
All TI-Nspire handhelds
Handheld
Compatibility
TI-Nspire Docking Station
TI-Nspire CX Docking Station
All TI-Nspire handhelds
TI-Nspire CX and
TI-Nspire CX CAS
handhelds only
Compatible
Operating
Systems
Any OS version
OS Version 1.7.1 or later
Connected
Handhelds
Various
Up to 40 handhelds
OS version 2.1 or later
OS version 3.0 or later
Up to 50 handhelds
Update
1 unit
Update
2 more
Set-up Image
Update
4 more
Update 8 more…etc.
Notes
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Each handheld that receives an OS update is
used to update another handheld. Continue
until all are updated and rebooted.
You need version 2.1 or later of TI-Nspire and
TI-Nspire CAS Teacher Software
Helpful Tips
Turn off Press-to-Test for the TI-84 Plus (with TI-84 Plus keypad in place)
prior to swapping keypads.
PRESS-TO-TEST
» If the keypad is switched while Press-to-Test for the TI-84 Plus is active, you
may receive an “Invalid Keypad” error when you insert the TI-Nspire keypad.
» T he following web page provides links to instructions for disabling Pressto-Test for the TI-84 Plus or Test Guard functionality. Visit education.ti.com/
educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_testguard_20.html.
CX
OS
x
CX
OS
TI-84 Plus OS updates are included in the TI-Nspire OS process.
» I t is not possible to transfer a TI-84 Plus OS from a (regular) TI-84 Plus to a
TI-Nspire with TI-84 Plus keypad inserted.
NOTE
Involve your students in this process. In addition to
saving you time, it may provide student leadership
opportunities, or opportunities to recognize students’ technical skills and
ability. You may even want to illustrate mathematics concepts that are
inherent in the process.
CX
CX
CX
CX
CX
CX
CX
Knowing when to disconnect the receiving handheld will help you
quickly update a large number of handhelds.
CX
CX
CX
CX
CX
» Updating the handheld OS involves two steps:
1. Receiving the OS installation file from the sending handheld or computer
2. Disconnecting and waiting while the OS file installs the OS and the
handheld reboots
» D
uring the second step, the receiving handheld can be disconnected and a
new handheld connected. You can now start another OS transfer to a new
handheld.
» It is safe to unplug the receiving handheld when the installation progress
bar can be seen on the receiving handheld.
Questions and Assistance
If you have questions about any aspect of the processes described in this
document, the software and connectivity tools or need troubleshooting
assistance, contact TI-Cares.
In the U.S. and Canada:
call: 1.800.TI.CARES (1.800.842.2737)
email: ti-cares@ti.com
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Method I
» E nsure that the “receiving”
handheld is on.
Step by Step: Sending Updates Using
Unit-to-Unit Transfer
» O
n the “sending” handheld,
open the Document Browser:
HOME>2: My Documents
(If you are still using OS
version 1.7 or previous, go to
HOME>7: My Documents).
» Press MENU, then A: Send OS
» D
ownload the latest OS from the URLs provided from the
Get Started chart on Page 3. Save the OS to a location that
will be easy to remember, such as your Desktop, so that it’s
easy to find when you transfer it to the handhelds.
» U
se TI-Nspire Teacher Software or TI-Nspire Student Software
to update a single TI-Nspire™ handheld to act as the “seed” or
“sending” unit for the unit-to-unit OS transfer. In the software, select
the Content Explorer tab (far right) in the Documents Toolbox. In
the Computer files window, find the TI-Nspire™ OS file that you
downloaded to your computer.
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»W
ait for the handheld to send the file. This process takes about five
minutes.
! TIP
» C
onnect the TI-Nspire “seed” handheld to your computer using a
USB cable. The TI-Nspire handheld should appear in the Connected
Handhelds window at the bottom of the Content Explorer pane.
» D
rag the TI-Nspire OS file you saved to your computer to
the TI-Nspire handheld that is listed in the Connected Handhelds
window. You will be notified that any unsaved documents will
be lost. If you wish to proceed, select YES. The OS update will
begin. When the handheld restarts, you will be ready to use this
TI-Nspire handheld as your “seed” or “sending” unit to update other
TI-Nspire handhelds.
If the transfer doesn’t occur, you may have a faulty
unit-to-unit connection or USB cable. Check your
connection or try another cable.
Sending Unit
Receiving Unit
(Nothing changes on the receiving unit.)
» U
pon notification that “You can now unplug,” it is safe to disconnect
the mini-USB cable from the “receiving unit” while the OS installs.
Sending Unit
Receiving Unit
» Save any unsaved documents on the “receiving” handheld.
» C
onnect the handhelds using a unit-to-unit USB cable that comes
with the purchase of TI-Nspire or TI-Nspire CAS handhelds. It does
not matter which connector (A or B) plugs into which unit.
! TIP
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This is often a convenient time to check and
replace batteries on all handhelds or those
that have low batteries.
» O
nce the OS installation is complete on the “receiving unit,” you
may plug it into another handheld to repeat the process and
update another handheld. It becomes another “seed.”
! TIP
Spread out your handhelds on a large table so you
can quickly scan all “receiving” handhelds for the
progress bar.
Method II
» S elect the file name and press the Select button. The OS file name
will appear in the Transfer Tool queue.
Step by Step: Sending Updates Using
TI-Nspire™ Navigator™ Teacher Software
You can install or update the operating system (OS) on a connected
handheld using the Transfer Tool, but be sure to End Class before
following these steps.
» D
ownload the latest OS from the URLs provided from the
Get Started chart on Page 3. Save the OS to a location that will
be easy to remember, such as your Desktop, so that it’s easy
to find when you transfer it to the handhelds.
» O
pen your TI-Nspire™ or TI-Nspire CAS Navigator™ Teacher Software.
In the left panel of the Content workspace, you should see all
connected handhelds. If you click on Connected Handhelds you
can verify the OS on each handheld by clicking on each handheld.
» F rom the Tools Menu, select Transfer Tool. Click on Add to
Transfer List.
» Click Start Transfer. A progress screen is displayed.
» T he OS transfer will be sent to any TI-Nspire handheld that is
associated with your TI-Navigator™ Access Point.
» Navigate to the folder where the OS file is located.
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Method III
Step by Step: Sending Updates Using
TI-Nspire™ Docking Stations
» O
nce the Transfer Tool opens, press Start Transfer. As the OS is
being transferred, the green light on the Docking Station will blink
and you will see the green updating bar in the computer software.
» D
ownload the latest OS from the URLs provided from the
Get Started chart on Page 3. Save the OS to a location
that will be easy to remember, such as your Desktop, so that
it’s easy to find when you transfer it to the handhelds.
» P
ut the handhelds in the docking station(s). You can transfer the
OS to up to 50 handhelds if you have multiple docking stations.
Make sure the docking stations are connected to the computer
via a USB cable and connected into a power source.
» O
pen your TI-Nspire™ or TI-Nspire CAS Teacher Software. In the left
panel of the Content Workspace, you should see all connected
handhelds. If you click on Connected Handhelds you can verify
the OS on each handheld by clicking on each handheld.
» L ocate the current OS that you saved to your computer by clicking on
the appropriate drive in the Resources section. Drag and drop the OS
file to Connected Handhelds in the left panel.
»W
hen the transfer is complete, the green light on the TI-Nspire
Docking Station will be in solid green and the handheld can be
removed. If you have any other handhelds that need to be updated,
place them in the open slots and they will immediately begin
downloading the new OS. An entire class set of 30 handhelds
should take around 15 minutes to update using one docking
station if you continually switch the handhelds out as each one
finishes updating.
» When all handhelds are updated, click Stop Transfer.
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