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10-07-2015, 03:32 PM (This post was last modified: 10-07-2015 03:33 PM by CR Haeger.)
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(10-07-2015 02:37 AM)DMaier Wrote:  
(10-06-2015 10:09 PM)Howard Owen Wrote:  This article bashes TI, but it's really about relegating handheld graphing calculators to the scrap heap of history. The author asks why expensive calculators are the standard in schools when there are free or nearly free alternatives.

Think your high school age kid is learning math? Ha! They're really learning operation of a TI-83/84 calculator from a TI-84 calculator instructor, who conveniently has all the necessary TI-84-based teaching materials to hand. This is all good, because your child will need to be well-prepared with TI-84 skills when exam time comes.

What if you aren't thrilled with the 84? Well, when you think about it, a parent giving a child an NSpire in this situation is making poor choices (tried that). (A Prime, of course, would mean that it is time to call Social Services.) On the other hand, would you prefer that your child be taught math, in a calculator-agnostic way? Well, someone in the education business is going to need new qualifications. And, frankly, nobody wants that. Unless, of course, parents start looking at the logic of a free app vs. a $100+ calculator.

Im not thrilled with the TI84 either. I bought my HS child a one used and later an $18 TI36X. She uses the TI36X almost exclusively as she feels its easier to navigate than the 84. She uses Desmos sometimes. IMO the TI36X is a really good non graphing choice for HS through college.
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War on Calculators - Howard Owen - 10-06-2015, 10:09 PM
Refer to the other thread - striegel - 10-07-2015, 12:41 AM
RE: War on Calculators - Dwight Sturrock - 10-07-2015, 02:35 AM
RE: War on Calculators - DMaier - 10-07-2015, 02:37 AM
RE: War on Calculators - CR Haeger - 10-07-2015 03:32 PM
RE: War on Calculators - Gerald H - 10-07-2015, 06:49 AM
RE: War on Calculators - JimP - 10-07-2015, 11:08 PM
RE: War on Calculators - David Hayden - 10-08-2015, 02:54 PM
RE: War on Calculators - Eric Rechlin - 10-08-2015, 04:04 PM
RE: War on Calculators - Katie Wasserman - 10-08-2015, 04:53 PM
RE: War on Calculators - Han - 10-08-2015, 05:27 PM
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