The Texas Instrament Family

Essay by ladyace63College, Undergraduate September 2006

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Calculators are a way of doing mathematical equations when used correctly. They are also a useful tool in learning mathematics. The use of calculators have only had part in the benefit of education, and with widespread availability, a full range of sizes, and a price range for any budget there should be no excuse not to own a calculator or restrict the use of calculators. Current issues with calculators have to be dealt with in order to better understand the advantage of this technology. Calculators should be utilized more often not only because current myths block how beneficial calculators really are but also because they create a more efficient student and easily integrated because of size and price.

Current myths about calculators are only slowing the process of the addition of calculators, which are placing students away from the real world where we are already wrapped in technology. Tests have proven calculators are useful for means of learning but because of false information, some educators and others still believe they are harmful.

It is imperative that these myths be dealt with so that the truth will be known.

One myth is that calculators are used because the students are too stupid to do simple math which for some this is true, but not everyone that uses a calculator is below education level. Almost every business today, from little companies like the local Chinese food places to huge companies like Microsoft; calculators are used within the business. I don't think anyone can call Bill Gates stupid; if they do then they are jealous and wish they had his money. "Calculator use has been shown to enhance cognitive gains in areas that include number sense, conceptual development, and visualization. Such gains can empower and motivate all teachers and students to engage in...