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Re:Technology in the classroom
Posted:
Mar 8, 1995 12:19 PM


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 thereI 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



