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Ellen McDevitt

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: currculum support for use of calculators on GED 2002
Posted: Mar 21, 2000 6:05 PM
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Esther and all. I first found out about the Casio last summer and immediately called the Casio folks to buy classroom sets of the calculators. They told me they no longer made that model. I asked to speak to a manager. He recommended another model. When I told him that adult ed folks would be needing thousands of them, he was surprised. But never got back to me about bulk orders. I waited until a few months ago and repeated the exercise--with the same results. Finally I called GEDTS and ordered 10 of them.

You're right, they're hard to find. And I think many of our students will have a hard time reading some of the keys. I've been working with the calculator off and on for about a month now, developing some volunteer tutor training. Unlike the other Casio units, or the TI units, there are no handy classroom instructional materials to build on or to use as handouts. The only directions are contained in a fold out piece of paper in the unit and I found it less friendly than the TI Explorer, which I've used with adult ed students.

So I agree with everyone and don't have any good advice to offer. I understand folks who prefer to use other models in the classroom, but I think if we do, our students will not be as prepared as they could be when they are handed the 260 at the testing site. Ellen

----- Original Message -----
From: Esther D. Leonelli <ELeonelli@ci.cambridge.ma.us>
To: <numeracy@europe.std.com>
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2000 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: currculum support for use of calculators on GED 2002


> Andy -- I agree with you that the selection of this particular Casio
> scientific calculator makes little sense to ABE/GED teachers.
>
> First, it is very difficult to find one on the open market. It is a model
> that has been upgraded, I guess. I bought two at one Staples store last fall
> (off the shelf and in the back storage) and, as recently as two months ago,
> that store no longer carries them in-store nor on-line. I've checked other
> office supply and stationery stores as well. So, it is not readily
> available to our teachers or students who would like to use them regularly
> in class or outside of class. (It is true that the Casio FX260 solar can be
> bought in bulk directly from the GED Testing Service.)
>
> Second, there are much better calculators that can be used as teaching tools
> in class. At the suggestion of an ANN colleague, I bought the Sharp 500L
> Fraction/Scientific calculator for my center. My students love them. The
> calculator has several features that lend themselves better to a teaching
> situation. One is that expressions that are entered remain on the screen as
> they are entered and can be retrieved once the "enter" button is pressed.
> Another feature that I like is that the screen notation for fractions
> follows more naturally what they would find on a typewriter or computer;
> i.e. one-quarter appears as "1/4" on the calculator. Not so on the Casio
> FX260. Similar to some other scientific calculators I've seen, they use a
> kind of semi-bracket notation to denote fractions and mixed numbers. I
> think that student would find this kind of fraction notation very difficult
> to understand.
>
> So, I have had to re-think how or when I would introduce the Casio to my
> students. Have others had experience using the Casio FX260 with their
> students?
>
> Esther
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: G Page <gapage@arches.uga.edu>
> To: numeracy@europe.std.com <numeracy@europe.std.com>
> Date: Friday, March 17, 2000 6:07 PM
> Subject: Re: currculum support for use of calculators on GED 2002
>
>

> >
> >This makes no sense when you take into account that upwards of 85-90% of
> >math teachers in the United States use TExas Instruments calculators.
> >This is akind to forcing
> >someone who uses a PC to start using a MAC. Sure, math teachers can adapt
> >and shift their Kuhnian paradigms in this scientific revolution but it
> >only creates more work and many are tired of reinventing the technological
> >wheel. Am I correct?
> >Also, I am not a stockholder or employee of Texas Instruments.
> >Defendit Numeris,
> >
> >G. Andrew Page
> >University of Georgia
> >College of Education
> >850 College Station Road
> >Rm. 102 River's Crossing
> >Athens, GA 30602 USA
> >(706) 613 8520
> >gapage@uga.edu
> >http://www.arches.uga.edu/~gapage/index.html
> >On Fri, 17 Mar 2000, Garland John Gates wrote:
> >

> >> The GED Testing Service has selected the Casio fx-260 solar calculator as
> >> the official calculator of the GED test.
> >>
> >> Garland John Gates
> >> ABLE/GED Coordinator Instructor
> >> Pioneer Career & Technology Center
> >> Shelby, Ohio, USA
> >>
> >>
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