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EdTech Fast 5 - Adam King on teaching students in the way they want to learn

January 18, 2019

Adam King is an instructional designer, Edtech speaker and teacher who encourages students to learn by disrupting contemporary teaching practices. You can read more of Adam’s writing on his blog, Twitter or Instagram.

1. What’s the most overrated topic in education right now?

Often coding is overrated and receives far more attention than it deserves. Coding and computer programming makes up only a small portion of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Developing digital solutions, understanding computer networks, collaborating online and understanding data and information systems is equally important.

2. Does technology motivate creativity?

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? I believe creativity sparks interest in technology and motivates unique use of its power to become innovative.

3. What app can’t you live without?

I simply love using ‘Microsoft To-Do’. It’s a lot like Wunderlist; however, being a Microsoft product it talks with various components of Office365. The application enables tasks to be managed and detailed notes for each to be crafted. Projects can be scheduled as well as lists formed to manage various assignments. The program has helped me manage my time and tasks more effectively. Tasks synchronise across devices and can be prioritised to ensure every day remains productive.

4. What events from your own experience as a learner have informed your approach to your work in education?

I enjoy driving change and disrupting contemporary practices to ensure students are taught the way they want to learn. In Year 11 and 12, my English Teacher (Mr Montgomery), Maths Teacher (Mr Eliott) and Industrial Technologies teacher (Mr Davies) were brilliant. Their character, exceptional teaching ability and their understanding of the craft of teaching, developed in me the desire to become a teacher. They had an incredible ability to deliver curriculum in unique and meaningful ways and kept content real, relational and relevant.

5. Which actor would play you in the movie about your life?

Steve Carell would most certainly be a suitable candidate.