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severs@sa.ua.edu

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Calculators
Posted: Feb 5, 1997 11:46 AM
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Since the topic of appropriate use of calculators is often discussed
here, I thought I would share an experience I had today with one of my
students.

She is studying for her test (tonight) and included in the material
are formulas like the distance formula, midpoint formula, quadratic
formula, and others. She said her high school teacher showed her how
to program those formulas into her calculator (programmable
calculators are allowed but not required in my class), but she said it
was better for her if she worked the problems out on paper and used
the calculator just to make sure she got the right answer. She asked
me if that was a good idea. I almost hugged her. Isn't this what we
want? The calculator is a wonderful thing. It first helps her learn
the formula, then allows her to believe in the formula and trust what
she has learned. This student, I believe, understands appropriate use
of technology much better than most students and also many
instructors.

Just wanted to share,
Sam Evers
University of Alabama





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