I remember during my school days, I was allowed to use calculator only in secondary school. Now my daughter is allow to use it when she is in primary 5. She also have to do her holiday homework through computer. This is common in this 21st Century way of learning, technology is a must.
According to Van De Walle, J. (2009,p113), when children are learning counting on, counting by twos or threes, by using calculator can enhance their oral counting or pattern identification.
I agree that calculator is another technology to teach Maths and it is a tool commonly used in our daily life which is one of the rationale for teaching Mathematics.