[Blindmath] Scientific calculator for high-school student

Lewicki, Maureen mlewicki at bcsd.neric.org
Sun Nov 17 02:02:34 UTC 2013


My students can not use the graphing calculators in middle school, nor calculators, except for isolated situations, on rare occasion. The focus is still on teaching the concepts.

Maureen Lewicki
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Bethlehem Central Schools
700 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
http://bcsd.k12.ny.us/


On Nov 16, 2013, at 7:57 PM, "sabra1023" <sabra1023 at gmail.com<mailto:sabra1023 at gmail.com>> wrote:

Actually yes. Introducing a graphing calculator too early is a common problem and American schools. I recently got out of high school and I'm in college, and when I was in middle school, we're talking sixth and seventh grade, everyone was using a graphing calculator except me because one didn't exist for the blind yet. In Thailand however, things are probably different. When you get to higher-level math like trigonometry and calculus, it becomes impractical and takes away from learning the concepts when you have to do difficult problem my hand.

On Nov 16, 2013, at 1:51 PM, Susan Jolly <easjolly at ix.netcom.com<mailto:easjolly at ix.netcom.com>> wrote:

I'm confused.  Do students just learn keystrokes now and no longer have to understand the underlying math?

SusanJ
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