> > > 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.
Yes, therefore, they are wonderful tools for prblem solving.
> > 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.) >
Would it be too much to think that children, even in K-4, will think similarly?
Tad Watanabe Towson State University Towson, Maryland 21204