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November 12, 2012
Currently, however, we have about 12 of these: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_ti108.html
But each kid deserves access to their own TI 83+ at least: http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/productDetail/us_ti83p.html
Our school does not have funding for these, but without these calculators soon, students will not be familiar with the functionality and be set at a severe disadvantage on the Regents. A graphing calculator makes the difference of three to five minutes per graph to twenty seconds per graph, which will allow students to focus on conceptual understanding instead of tedious calculations. From our next unit until the end of the year, students will be expected to graph equations and understand the relationships between different types of equations. Having the technology to support them will give them so much freedom to experiment with equations and make their own claims and observations about math. Calculators also allow students with anxiety around negative numbers and fractions to experience higher level mathematics, which is where all of the cool things happen!
We are fundraising to get two class sets of calculators so that each student has the ability, freedom and independence to experience math that is rich and challenging.
We want 6 of these: http://www.copcoinc.com/products/-83-lus-eacher-it.htm