In Virginia, some bright kid figured out how to bypass a disabled calculator function used in state testing.
Texas Instruments recalled the calculator and fixed the problem. The school did honor the students ingenious and TI gave him a new graphing calculator.
Without getting into the whole calculator or no calculator debate, we need to rethink many of our ideas about assessment and evaluation. What engineer or scientist or business person would ever be expected to do their work without technology? Would an architect be asked to design a building without his/her software application?
I know, kids need to learn how to do many of these tasks mentally and also understand what the calculator is doing for them. But I don’t think it has to be done by isolating technology from the equation (no pun intended).
Nanotechnology is moving beyond any Moore’s theory predicted. Wristwatch PC‘s are around the corner.