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Bob Hayden

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The calculator debate (fwd)
Posted: Oct 19, 1997 12:57 PM
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----- Forwarded message from Bob and Trish Parker -----

I was very concerned to hear from two former students today that they are not
permitted to use graphing calculators in freshman calc classes at a major
universtiy in va. they also stated that scintific calculators could only be
used for in class work and not on tests. Is this common at college and if
so should we be emphasizing the calculator so much in ap stat

----- End of forwarded message from Bob and Trish Parker -----

I have a colleague who banned graphing calculators from Differential
Equations last year. This year, I am teaching it and NO technology is
banned. (Well, I did rule out using a communications device to
connect to another human.) On the other hand, I had resistance from
students to REQUIRING a TI-85 or 86. (About half already have 85s.
The 80 through 83 do not do much for differential equations.)

Even at PSC I have never heard of anyone banning scientific calculators
in any math. class or graphing calculators in any statistics class.

College professors have a tremendous amount of individual freedom in
these matters. This makes anecdotal information unreliable as an
indicator of what MOST college professors are doing. As a class, they
are way behind high school teachers and students in the use of
technology. I don't think it would be wise to limit your use of
technology to what old college professors can handle!-)

Even so, I think a stats. package such as Minitab, DataDesk, or NCSS
would be a MUCH better choice for teaching STATISTICS.

Disclaimer: I use graphing calculators in most of the math. courses I
teach. I use Minitab in all the stats. courses I teach. I don't make
any money off any of this!-)

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