The pros and cons of using calculators in math class

05/17/2013 | Edutopia.org

The availability and efficiency of calculators makes them a useful tool for students, asserts middle-school math teacher José Vilson. However, in this blog post, he also notes the potential downside of using calculators -- primarily that they could reduce students' understanding of the work they are completing. Instead, Vilson suggests a middle ground in which students are able to use calculators to solve complex problems but also are taught to understand the number system.

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