tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5964889903484807623.post3254734237657325308..comments2023-12-18T04:44:25.358-08:00Comments on Questions?: Calculator : Arithmetic :: GeoGebra: ?David Coxhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06277427735527075341noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5964889903484807623.post-12694616187220605022009-10-23T13:45:59.000-07:002009-10-23T13:45:59.000-07:00I couldn't agree with you more. I think we are...I couldn't agree with you more. I think we are witnessing the emergence of Algebra as the standard of math knowledge and understanding for every student. We should be incorporating these tools into our curriculum rather than prohibiting them. I heard a great teacher once say that calculators are absolutely necessary for teaching multiplication when everyone else was demanding that students memorize the facts. The teacher insisted that the calculator would help the students get the answer right every time, whereas the answers that the students produced from memory are often suspect.Mister2pihttp://mister2pi.blogspot.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5964889903484807623.post-18980951080003196522009-10-27T11:36:55.000-07:002009-10-27T11:36:55.000-07:00It seems to me that you are somewhat missing the p...It seems to me that you are somewhat missing the point of the veteran teachers argument against calculators. Yes, technology can speed up calculations; however, they can also be used prior to understanding the calculations themsleves. How is a student going to understand more complex issues if they do not even understand multiplication? Many of us can recognize an incorrect answer because we have some number sense and can computationally estimate the answer. Do students that solely rely on calculators have this same ability?<br><br>The bottom line is that technology is a tool that can be used to teach or to speed up computations that one already understands. Technology should not be used in place of learning.Chrisnoreply@blogger.com