August 8th, 2012Staples primary and high school calculators
As featured in Today’s Woman Back to School Guide
Calculators as a tool for learning math
It is back-to-school time and you have a long list of supplies to buy for your child: Pencils, notebooks, a backpack, binders. pens and don’t forget a calculator.
Using calculators in the classroom, especially in elementary school, has become a debatable topic amongst parents. While some parents feel think that children should be taught to use calculators from the time they enter school, others fear that a calculator will rob children of the ability to mentally solve math problems.
A 2008, study found though that calculators are actually useful tools in elementary mathematics classes, if students already know some basic skills. Studies have also found students confidence, enthusiasm and self-concept at all levels are increased by calculator usage.
Even young children can use calculators
Kindergarten students and first graders can use a calculator as a learning tool to explore numbers. Calculators are also a useful tool for checking answers once a student solves the problem on their own first. Both handy and cute, these charming animal calculators (with movable eyes) from Staples will add fun to learning. The Animal Calculator displays up to 8 digits on the display.
Older elementary students might prefer Staples 8-Digit Handheld Calculator. Available in assorted colors the calculator features a full function memory, easy-to-read display, memory, percent and change sign keys. This calculator runs on both solar and battery-power. Staples BD-1008 Big Digit Calculators are also affordable, something that every parents likes to hear.
In secondary school, calculators can help students develop their understanding of algebra and other advanced mathematics. In fact they are very often required for math classes from the high school level through college. Available in assorted colors Staples 10-Digit Scientific Handheld Calculator features 10 digit display, 136 pre-programmed arithmetic, scientific and statistical functions. It has operational functions for decimal, binary, octal and hexadecimal function. Featured in a hard shell case Staples 10-Digit Scientific Handheld Calculator is a cost effective and dependable scientific calculator for classroom use.
College students, may prefer to go with the HP 35s scientific calculator or Casio FX991MS PLUS Scientific Calculator also available at Staples.
In closing: Calculators can benefit all students. Find the calculator for your school, or personal computing needs at Staples.ca.
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Does your child use a calculator in school?