Date: Mar 8, 1995 12:19 PM
Author: CHAPMAN@APSICC.APS.EDU
Subject: Re:Technology in the classroom
About that college student not knowing multiplication tables because

his elementary teacher "used" calculators: I use a game with my

2nd graders to show the foolishness of such an idea. We play "Beat

the Calculator." I take a calculator and am required to punch in every

piece of a basic fact computation problem (such as 5 - 3). My

opponent is allowed to answer the problem whenever s/he knows the

answer. A third person gives us the problem. My opponents ALWAYS beat

the computer because it is MUCH faster and more efficient to know a

basic fact than to rely on a calculator. (I may have forgotten to mention

that I'm not allowed to give the answer until it comes up on the calculator

screen). I see I used the word computer up there--I meant calculator.

Now, does that make any sense? If you don't understand the game because

I have so buthchered the explanation, please write to me personally--

Chapman@apsicc.aps.edu ANway, I REALLY doubt that a college

student would rely on a calculator for multiplication facts. If that is

the case, this person has no number sense and is surely having terrible

problems in other areas of mathematics! Cindy Chapman