
Re: calculator use [was Op Ed piece on mathematics reform]
Posted:
Aug 20, 2004 11:55 AM


I can't imagine a K8 math program without using a calculator. Yes, I think mental math is important and facilitates progress, and calculation using the technology of pencil and paper has a place, but I do a lot with problem solving (not doing exercises, but doing nonroutine problemswhat to do when you don't know what to do). I can't imagine wasting valuable time while problem solving by not using a calculator.
As for the following comment recently posted:
"Fingermath is far more needed to learn numbers. Once embodied, what function will the calculator have in a math literate society?"
I am speechless and those who know me, know that this doesn't happen often. :)
Nancy Markus Ohio Literacy Resource Center Math Consultant
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