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Topic: Graphing calculators and PDA's
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RWW Taylor

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Registered: 12/6/04
Graphing calculators and PDA's
Posted: Mar 23, 2001 6:30 PM
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These days you've got to be looking in all directions in order not to be
left out in the technology scramble. Our department has just received a
suggestion that we stop teaching with graphing calculators (TI-83's and
TI-89's), which faculty outside our department have never understood or
appreciated, and instead require all our students to buy a much more
useful (as it was put) PDA. After all, it was pointed out to us, you can
get software nowadays to emualte a scientific calculator on a palmtop,
and you can even (sort of) run Microsoft Office in this environment.

Well, I've got a Palm M100 myself, and while I appreciate it for what it
can do, there is an awful big jump from making this device "do its
stuff" to the sort of creative exploration in the classroom and on
homework that a graphing or symbolic calculator allows. There is new
software (and hardware) appearing everyday, of course. I thought it
might be useful to ask if anyone on this list has so far experimented
with, or even considered, using PDA's in a math classroom.

RWW Taylor
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester NY 14623

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