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Technology: Communication, Computers, and Calculators

Mathematics evolves according to the environment
in which it lives. The changes of the past ten years are the
mere infancy of the
growth in technology confronting mathematics education in the next decade.
Now that most elementary school children have access to computers and
calculators the consequences of this technological boon must
be faced.

Machines are tools. Just as a carpenter can
build a cabinet faster with power tools, so can a student
compute faster with a power tool (the calculator). It is easy
to judge the ability of the artisan, either the cabinet is
pleasing to the eye and opens correctly or not. We must
create ways of seeing student understanding that are machine
independent since the critical thinking and evaluative skills that
come with the mastery of mathematical thinking are machine
independent. Undoubtedly, computers and calculators will play
a part in the development of these skills.

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Shandy Hauk
2007-01-18