In Week 24, we listed the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices. The fifth standard is to Use appropriate tools strategically.
Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving problems. Proficient students are familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course (pencil and paper, concrete models, ruler, protractor, calculator, spreadsheet, computer programs, digital content located on a website, and other technological tools). They make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts. What tools has your student used this year to become mathematically proficient?