At 09:44 AM 26/2/95, Andrei TOOM wrote: >On Sun, 26 Feb 1995, Dagfinn Eggen wrote: > >> 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. > >So the ultimate goal is to get computing done ?
Good heavens, no! The goal are not the means! We have at least wo goals here. The ultimate goal are problem solving. Another goal is math-understanding. Calculators are tools just as a hammer is a tool for a carpenter.
>Then, of course, calculators are grrrreat. >But what for children are in this context ? >Eliminate them from the picture, hire a few professionals >or program a super-computer to do all the computing. >It will be faster and simpler. >Andrei Toom