I love a lot of technology: ipods, cell phones, computers, and the list goes on. However, at the top of the teaching list of technology I can't live without is my Elmo. Not the 'tickle me' kind, but a document projector. Instead of an overhead with transparency, you put the piece of paper or textbook under the camera and it projects the image in much larger form onto a screen so the whole class can see it.
If I had a screen it would be helpful. I'm projecting on a whiteboard this year, since the tornado or a scavenging colleague took my screen. (It was every teacher for him/herself for a while this year.) Elmo was the first thing I rescued when they let us enter the building to remove things after the tornado. Not my books, not my pictures, but my good friend, Elmo! And what was I thinking not grabbing that darn projection screen?!
Some day I'll tell you how much I love my LCD projector, but that is another blog! (Oh, and the LCD needs a screen, too. What was I thinking? Thank goodness for whiteboards!)
PS. Elmo is tucked away in his padded case, ready for summer vacation! And I have a request in for a screen. Hope my principal comes through!