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For Algebra, Spreadsheets Beat Newer Teaching Tools
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John Barnes
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John Barnes,
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7/9/2013 | 9:07:58 PM
re: For Algebra, Spreadsheets Beat Newer Teaching Tools
They said that about calculators, graph paper, and probably the abacus. The funny thing is that although the spreadsheet does make it possible to avoid learning procedure, you can't use it effectively unless you learn concepts. So it's really a powerful tool for dragging people over the border from the "do your sums this way" to the real kingdom of mathematics.
David F. Carr
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7/9/2013 | 6:57:07 PM
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I suspect some parents think using Excel is cheating. Thanks for showing how this tool can be used productively as part of the learning process.


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