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RCET Staff

Research Center for Technology Staff
Phone: 330-672-3317
Richard E. Ferdig is the Summit Professor of Learning Technologies and Professor of Instructional Technology at Kent State University. He works within the Research Center for Educational Technology and also the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. He has served as researcher and instructor at Michigan State University, the University of Florida, the Wyzsza Szkola Pedagogiczna (Krakow, Poland), and the Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy). At Kent State University, his research, teaching, and service focus on combining cutting-edge technologies with current pedagogic theory to create innovative learning environments. His research interests include online education, educational games and simulations, and what he labels a deeper psychology of technology. In addition to publishing and presenting nationally and internationally, Ferdig has also been funded to study the impact of emerging technologies such as K-12 Virtual Schools. Rick is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations, the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, and currently serves as a Consulting Editor for the Development Editorial Board of Educational Technology Research and Development and on the Review Panel of the British Journal of Educational Technology.
Director of the Research Center for Educational Technology

Annette Kratcoski is the director of the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET). Prior to joining RCET in Fall 2000, Annette worked as a speech-language pathologist in clinical and school settings and also in special education and curriculum coordination in the public schools.  She holds bachelors and masters degrees in special education and earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in speech-language pathology and curriculum. Annette has an extensive background in curriculum and PreK-12 technology integration and for the past 12 years has led teacher professional development in the AT&T Classroom, a high-tech professional development and research laboratory housed within RCET.

Project Director
Phone: 330-672-5995

Thomas McNeal has worked with teachers and students for 35 years as a 5th grade teacher, educational in-service instructor for a PBS television station, and as a computer and applications instructor for an educational service center. He joined RCET in 2001 to direct the Digital Videoconferencing Project that facilitated the connection of Internet video communication between Kent State University and K-20 educational institutions. Thomas currently provides technical and curricular support for RCET's AT&T Classroom.  He has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on the use of innovative tools to facilitate teaching and learning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology from Kent State University.