This is the third in an ongoing series of posts inspired by How I Work, a series on one of our favorite sites, Lifehacker. As educators, we like to know how other educators work, how they live, and how they play, so every week we’ll be featuring a new interview with a new teacher.
This week, we'll be getting to know Walter Duncan, the creator of Quick Key, a free application that turns smartphones and tablets into optical scanners so teachers can quickly grade quizzes, tests and formative assessments.
Location: Boston, MA
Desired location: Boston, MA
Current work title (administrator/teacher/school technologist, etc.) Also, what grade do you teach?: Co Founder of Design By Educators, makers of the Quick Key Mobile App. I am certified in Massachusetts for teaching Middle School English Language Arts. Additionally, I have 15 years of classroom experience.
Area of expertise (subjects you teach or have an interest in): English Language Arts, Spanish, Speech and Drama.
Do you have a specific long-term career goal?: To make easy to use tools that help teachers improve student outcomes and maintain the autonomy of their classrooms.
Languages you have studied or currently speak: Spanish
The project you’re most proud of: Launching Quick Key is my greatest accomplishment to date. Choosing to leave a successful career in the classroom to become a Teacherpreneur carries great risk. Thankfully, teachers all over the world are using Quick Key every day to help their students achieve at the highest level. It is catching on like wildfire!
Favorite time of the day: Any time I get to hold my son.
Favorite technology gadget for the classroom: Quick Key of course! It saves time grading and gives teachers data to drive their instruction in real time.
Next conference/professional-development event you’re planning to give or attend: I would love to present to Marygrove students on the power of formative assessment and data driven instruction. As of now I don't have a conference planned.
How many hours per day do you usually work?: I usually spend 10-14 hours a day working, it can be grueling, but rewarding.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?: I would say I am an extrovert, but every one in a while I need to unplug and be by myself.
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl?: I am a night-owl, that is often the time when the house is quiet and I can get the most work done.
Do you have any pets or kids (names and ages)?: I have one dog, he was made famous when my Quick Key video went viral, check him out: Quick Key Video . I also have one son, he is my first born and the light of my life!
Next city/country you want to visit: Madagascar, because I love the way it sounds.
Favorite vacation place: Anywhere with my son.
Favorite book: Anansi Boys by Niel Gaiman
Favorite song: Anything by Michael Franti and Spearhead
Where we can find your website/blog/classroom blog: www.quickkeyapp.com
Do you have a Twitter account we can follow you on?: @4_teachers