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"Government bans calculators from primary maths tests" - implications for secondary?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by adamcreen, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20259382

    Do the Government imagine that this will stop primary schools from ever letting students use calculators in lessons? Maybe it will, and we will spend more time in Year 7 showing them how great the FX83-GT+ really is!
     
  2. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20259382

    Do the Government imagine that this will stop primary schools from ever letting students use calculators in lessons? Maybe it will, and we will spend more time in Year 7 showing them how great the FX83-GT+ really is!
     
  3. My find of the year has been the QAMA calculator www.qamacalculator.com
    it requires users to input a reasonable estimate before they get the answer - so they do have to think about their answers first.
    for easy calculations, such as 4x7 or 2.34x10 they have to put in the correct answer. so the calcualtor actually acts as instant feedback rather than just providing answers.
    as I say, my find of the year and if Primary schools used that I am sure the non-calculaotr tests will be of little concern.
     
  4. Why?
    At times I'd like it in surd form rather than as a rounded decimal.
    Most calculators on phones will only give the answer as a decimal and only then if they place brackets in the right position.
     

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