Use of a Calculator
A calculator can help students compensate for slower processing when simple math calculations are required but are not an essential learning objective of the course. Faculty can determine what type of calculator is appropriate, and at their discretion, faculty may either provide a calculator for the student to use or approve a calculator already owned by the student.
- Special Connections: Response Assessment Accommodations
- Beyond 'Getting the Answer': Calculators Help Learning Disabled Students Get the Concepts
Related Functional Characteristics
Working / Short Term Memory Deficit : Use of a calculator compensates for a student's difficulty doing mental calculations due to a working memory deficit.
Long Term Memory Deficit : Use of a calculator on exams that require computation allows students the ability to concentrate on problem solving tasks rather than trying to retrieve basic information from long term memory.
Processing Deficit (Visual) : Provides students who experience reversal and rotations to do computation that are not impacted by their visual difficulties.
Information Processing Speed : The use of a calculator for simple mathematics allows the student with information processing deficits that ability to engage in higher level processing rather than getting hung up on lower level mathematical calculations.
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