“Every time I write something, I think about how each individual learns, and what to do to make that experience a good experience, with or without technology.” – Ken Royal, USA
Ken Royal is one of those educators who stays plugged-in to the latest and best trends in education, and I always look forward to hearing his views. His blog, Royal Reports, covers K-12 and higher education topics from individualized learning to technology trends and teaching tips, and was named a Top 50 Must Read K12 Tech Blog by EDTECH Magazine. Royal is also a prolific author, and his latest e-book, Moving Toward a Digital Education Tapestry, complements previous titles like Carving Digital Education Change and Digital Chalk Pushing Education Change. Royal has 34 years of classroom experience, and served as Senior Technology Editor with Scholastic print and online. His blog there, The Royal Treatment, was widely read and highly influential.
I recently caught up with Royal for an update as I have had the great honor to know him for several years, feeling consistently inspired by his lifelong passion for education and true impact he has there. Talking about his overall views on education, he described a change in his perspective on teaching based on acknowledging students’ unique individual needs. “Every time I write something,” Royal said, “I think about how each individual learns, and what to do to make that experience a good experience, with or without technology.”
Still, technology is a significant focus for Royal, and he’s seeing long overdue progress in the acceptance of new technology by teachers. “I’m excited that I can see educators in classrooms that haven’t used technology at all,” he told me, “using technology with not just one, but multiple devices.” While he sees positive change in the use of technology, he warns against using it “willy-nilly” – that is, without a formal game plan. According to Royal, lack of planning “creates those pilots that are rogue educators using technology, rather than a great army of educators using technology in a uniform approach.”
Ultimately, Royal believes that leadership is key to moving education technology forward, highlighting the work of New Jersey principal Eric Sheninger, whom I talked to earlier this year, in support of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Ken Royal demonstrates leadership every day, sharing his unique perspective and counsel with fellow educators. See for yourself in today’s Daily Edventure.
Ken Royal is a teacher/education and education technology blogger/reporter, video interviewer, podcaster, and education event news commentator with 34 years of classroom, school and instructional technology experience. His teaching accomplishments include: four-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence.
- Birthplace: Connecticut, USA
- Current residence: Connecticut, USA
- Education: BS Education and MS Communications
- Website I check every day: http://live.twit.tv/
- Person who inspires me most: My wife—no kidding!
- Favorite childhood memory: All the times I survived it.
- Next travel destination (work or pleasure): NYC, actually a meeting with Cameron Evans about education.
- When was the last time you laughed? Why? If I don’t laugh at least once an hour, I’m sleeping. Trouble is, I laugh at my own stuff.
- Favorite book: Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
- Favorite music: Anything by Gershwin and Kern
- Your favorite quote or motto: “Nuts!” – General McCauliffe.
Now, that’s the best reply to surrender—ever!