We have given them out as textbooks, but determined that we were losing too many. Some would pay if the calculator was lost or stolen, but not enough to counterbalance the loss. We are not in a district where we can purchase calculators freely each year, yet we must ensure that calculators are available during the regents exams. Subsequently, we now have class sets for each room. The (yellow) calculators in each room are numbered, and each student is assigned a specific calculator number to borrow during class. So far (keeping fingers crossed), this system has proven to be effective in our district; it may or may not work in other districts. Good luck and please share your final outcome.
Seaford High School, LI
On 1/28/13 5:11 PM, "Evelyne Stalzer" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
We do not have enough calculators to do this. Instead, we give each teacher a class set (or almost a class set) of calculators. They are handed out in the beginning of class (if needed) and collected again before the end of class. Depending on the student population and on the teacher's procedures, we do lose some calculators this way every year. I almost think we would lose fewer if we signed them out to students for the year, but alas t hat is not an option for us.
On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM, Frantel, Phyllis <PFRANTEL@mwcsd.org> wrote:
For the last several years, we have assigned calculators to our Alg 2/Trig classes like a textbook. They are responsible for it for the year, and turn it in at the end of their regents exam. If they lose it, they have to pay for it. We are considering trying this with all of our classes next year, i.e. adding alg and geometry to the loaning process. Do any other schools do this? Has it been successful? We are worried that the younger students won’t be as responsible, and lose them. Please let us know if you have tried this and how it worked out for you! Or, do you require your students to buy their own graphing calculator in their freshman year?