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Questions about the use of various handheld calculating devices and their role or effect in mathematics education.

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Student: Why not use a calculator?

The kid I am teaching math (subtraction for large numbers right now) just said this is all too easily done by a calculator, why don't we use it? Well, I did tell him that you can only learn more ...
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A study comparing effects of calculator usage on later math skills?

Each year my university tries to decide whether or not it will have calculator and CAS based introductory math courses (the calculus sequence, linear algebra, and ODE) or not. Other than some hearsay ...
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Handing out $2 calculators for tests?

In a store last weekend, I saw a simple solar-powered calculator for $2. It had four functions plus a square root key. I'm considering the possibility of buying 50 such calculators and handing them ...
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How does a reliance on calculators affect student performance?

Overheard in the Math Office while another Professor was helping a student with Statistics: Always use a calculator when doing decimal arithmetic because you'll eventually make a mistake if you do ...
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Appropriate ways/sayings to discourage undergraduate students' overreliance on calculators

Main question: How do I, in a medium- to large-sized undergraduate class setting, appropriately and effectively discourage students from relying too heavily on calculators? There have been several ...
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Is there a calculator centered secondary school curriculum somewhere?

Context For the last few years I have been pondering about the use and disuse of calculators in secondary school level mathematics. Now, after coming across a 'hot network question' regarding a ...
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How to create a misuse of calculator!

Let me start by sharing what happened in my class today. The subject was complex number and I started with the historical problem of "finding two numbers whose sum is equal to 10 and whose product is ...
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