At 07:34 PM 25/2/95, Andrei TOOM wrote: >On Sat, 25 Feb 1995, Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote: > >> "Calculators must be accepted at the K-4 level as valuable tools for >> learning mathematics. Calculators enable children to explore number ideas >> and patterns, to have valuable concept-development experiences, to focus >> on problem-solving processes, and to investigate realistic applications. >> The thoughtful use of calculators can increase the quality of the >> curriculum as well as the quality of children's learning. > >Which problems ? Are there examples ? >(I am NOT agains calculators in principle.) >Andrei Toom > The most important thing about calculators at K-4 level (AM I RIGHT WHEN I SAY THAT K-4 IS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD CHILDREN?) is, in my opinion, that it is a tool for computing (AND NOT PIMARILY FOR PROBLEM SOLVING!!) that means that ordinary division, multiplication, subtraction and adding becomes much easier.
I remember myself back in early 70's when I bought a CASIO calculator by mail order. I sat hours just multiplying and dividing and found that big numbers was no big obstacle any more. (At that time I have been studying math at university levels for some time.)