[OT] TI Calculators tell teachers which pupils need help



#11

I found this interesting:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070514/tc_nm/summit_calculators_dc_1

From the article:

Quote:
But calculators, long a fixture in college mathematics and
engineering classrooms, are more profitable than semiconductors

Somebody tell HP! :-)


#12

There will always be a difference between "Marketing People" and people who know how to market ...

Best regards

#13

"...wireless signals from pupils' handheld calculators to a personal-computer screen ... lets instructors correct and analyze errors in real time. The teacher can understand who's not getting it by assessing which functions students keyed into their calculators..."

This is over-reliance on technology. What's obviously needed, especially in the critical early years, is good old-fashioned 3R teaching. Seems like most of the teachers nowadays are just button-pushers teaching more button-pushing instead of real math skills.

If this is what's being currently taught, how the heck are we as a nation going to compete with India, China, and so on? I fear for the future...


#14

"I fear for the future" has been around for many many years and cuts across all boundries. Just did a quick search for the phase and came up with:

I fear for the future when it is placed in the hands of the children of today.
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I fear for the future if this is allowed to continue
I fear for the future of my beloved ThinkPads
I fear for the future of my company and the whole industry
I fear for the future generations who are growing up
I FEAR FOR THE FUTURE OF MY CHILDREN
I fear for the future of content creators
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i fear for the future of boxing
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i fear for the future of MF digital
I fear for the future of my four-year-old
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I fear for the future they will inherit
I fear for the future of radio against the monster of television
I fear for the future of our species
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I fear for the future of the small-scale composting industry
I fear for the future of the Army
I fear for the future of science in schools
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I fear for the future today
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I fear for the future, I really do.

I fear for the future of my collection

Fearing for the future seems fairly common.

Bill


Edited: 15 May 2007, 11:27 a.m.


#15

[OT] Feeling fear doesn't avoid danger, but it can help.

Don't fear fear !


#16

Or as FDR said back in the 30's, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself".

tm

#17

"If this is what's being currently taught, how the heck are we as a nation going to compete with India, China, and so on?"

No we are not competing with them. We gave them our business.


#18

The United States was once the home of perhaps the finest engineering-based company in the world. Today that company sells ink.

#19

Quote:
"...wireless signals from pupils' handheld calculators to a personal-computer screen ... lets instructors correct and analyze errors in real time. The teacher can understand who's not getting it by assessing which functions students keyed into their calculators..."

This is over-reliance on technology. What's obviously needed, especially in the critical early years, is good old-fashioned 3R teaching. Seems like most of the teachers nowadays are just button-pushers teaching more button-pushing instead of real math skills.


Two things: a) Just because the technology is there, it doesn't mean that teachers have to use it; and b) it sounds like a brilliant way of deterring pupils from playing Tetris instead of working. :-)

#20

Calculators are not necessary to learning math, and aside from proficiency, have no place in the classroom until well into college. Only a handful of majors require studies beyond entry level calculus, and I know from experience that you don't need a calculator to make it through differential equations.


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