1) computer/wireless/iPad -- versatile, multipurpose tool for everyone
2) projector/doc camera -- we learn so much through what we see; projector makes seeing what we're teaching so much easier
3) digital camera -- video is so easy and students can do so much with it.
1) internet -- info at your fingertips
2) google docs/pbworks -- great for collaboration and accessibility
3) the cloud -- don't have to worry so much about hard drive crash; great for sharing and for accessibility
It is hard to narrow down but I can try and give you my opinion as to what I see the teachers favoring:
#1 computer/projector (teachers need their own computer to take attendance, do their spreadsheets, etc and a projector in replacement of the chalkboard, this gives access for showing websites, videos)/the interactive whiteboard (not all classrooms have this but those with it say they can't live w/o it)
#2 laptops (a tool that increases class participation and real meaningful hands-on projects)
#3 the document camera (a nice way to zone in on papers, do corrections immediately where all can view)
Wow! The world has changed since we went to school! Students now have access to so many resources and the opportunity to collaborate with others around the world.
It is hard to limit my choice to 3 tools. I will try and I will be answering this question as a kindergarten teacher. My choices are:
It all begins here!
#2 Document camera/projector
The document camera was used daily in my classroom. We tracked print, students used manipulatives to explain their mathematical thinking, we watched the Decorah eagles through live streaming, and much, much more.
#3 Digital microscopes
Digital microscopes engage children and bring science alive. The digital microscopes are user friendly; they are easy for kindergarten students to use. The digital microscopes encourage inquiry and collaboration.
It is wonderful to have iPads, iTouches, iPods, et all, but I feel that the top 3 tools are the basics and we can't teach without them!
I would have to agree with Robbie. I think I would rank my Mac Laptop computer as #1. It allows me to use it as a multiple tool. I can take pictures, screenshots, record voice, use it as an interactive white board, play music etc.
#2 would be my iPhone because it also allows me to de all of the above, but not at the ease and speed as the laptop.
#3 would be an iPad. It allows you to do all of the above with the same restricts as #2