|Re: How do you reply to this? [What are the benefits of a graphing calculator outside of class?]|
Message #8 Posted by Matt Agajanian on 26 Aug 2013, 4:44 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Pier Aiello
My vote is for the preservation and continued manufacture of the handheld.
Since I've been around calcs ever since I was six and had my first real powerhouse, an SR-56 when I was 11, I am very partial to dedicated devices, especially when it comes to calculators.
Although yes, the perspectives regarding the way math is taught and understood nowadays as compared to 35-40 years ago, I still feel that the pocket scientific, programmable and , nowadays, programmable graphing calcs, are relevant because, like it's been posted here in various threads, the calc is not only verification of a good thought process, calculators provide as a tool for vital, foundational and essential mathematical concepts. Moreso, to my points in favour of the handheld is the strength that RPN helps reinforce, structure and enhance those math literacy points I've just mentioned.
Yes, the smartphone has all these TI, Casio, Sharp and HP emulators available but, a dedicated calc such as a HP-50G, HP-41CX, TI-92, TI-86, provides for a more concrete, active physical exposure to the calc's functionality, characteristics and operating system. Combine these with the added functionalities of expansion and device communication to and with other peripherals, I am convinced and dedicated to the point that there is just no substitute for the real thing, a handheld calculator.