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Eileen Abrahamson

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Re: Calculators vs posters
Posted: Aug 7, 1995 10:58 AM
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Hi Michael;

First of all I would like to say that I appreciate the discussion we are
having. It is always valuable to me to have to justify, or claify my
thinking.

I agree with you that many of these things can also be done in a low tech
way - sans calculator. In this case the elements of time and tenacity (the
possible lack of both) could limit the explorations. Sometimes just the
novelty of using a piece of technology will increase students tenacity or
"stick-to-it-ivness".

My purpose in discussing them was in reference to Chi-Tien's comment that
he could see absolutely no way that calculators could be used in the K-4
classroom that would not be harmful to students learning.

At all times, in every curriculum area, I consistently attempt to utilize
any and every means available to "increase the probability" that more
students will learn.

>Can fourth graders relate to rational numbers though?

Very definitely, when given appropriate activities and ample time:-)

Eileen



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