I am debating on whether to buy a class set of basic scientific calculators or graphing calculators for my 7th math /8th math /Algebra 1 classroom. As a High School teacher would you prefer students be more efficient in their handwritten work or more accustomed to using a graphing calculator to simulate and display data to interpret. My instinct is that in the beginnings of Algebra, it is most necessary to know the specifics of what the calculator is doing before you begin to explore via calculator in Algebra 2, Geometry etc. I always feel like if I show them that a computer can do it for them they will never do or find value in doing it for themselves... Thoughts? Insight?