Primary mathematics/The Use of Calculators

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When it comes to the discussion regarding tools that should be used to facilitate students' learning in the field of mathematics, the calculator and the use the computer/internet is a great part of the debate.

This page will cover some of the following topic as they relate to the teaching of Primary mathematics.

  • Calculators support learning
  • Calculators are what students will eventually use in the "real world"
  • Calculators are not "smart".. students are! For example a calculator might calculate a+b*c as (a+b)*c, while the real answer is a+(b*c).
  • So when should students use calculators?
  • Ways of teaching students when and when not to use calculators

Back to: Adding numbers, Subtracting numbers, Multiplying numbers, Dividing numbers