Are You a Technophobe or a Technophile in the Classroom? – Barry Saide

Barry Saide on teachers and technology

One of my favorite TV shows of all time is the American version of The Office (before it jumped the shark). I find it clever, funny, and endearing. The show follows the fictitious characters of a Scranton, Pennsylvania, paper company. Many of these characters are interesting and entertaining because I can relate to them. A few episodes in season four focused on technology. The Officestaff was a combination of older and younger members, but the prevailing thread within them was their lack of technological proficiency. As an educator who is still learning his way around technology, I can relate to that.

Barry Saide has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade in three different New Jersey school districts. He has been teaching for 13 years, the last 11 at Mount Prospect School in Bernards Township where he currently directs the Before/After School Care program. Saide has written and built curriculum in all subjects and been a grade-level leader. He has led staff development and currently serves on his district’s professional development committee. Saide also serves on the NJASCD executive committee, where his focus is on technology integration and increasing dialogue between P–12 and higher education. You can follow Barry at @barrykid1 on Twitter or on the web at