The overall mission of the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET) is to serve as the University and College’s flagship center for research, policy, and practice related to cutting-edge technologies in teaching and learning.

Workshops cost $50. Participants will earn 1.0 CEUs per workshop. 

  • One graduate credit is available at a discounted rate of $162 for those who complete two RCET workshops. Interested registrants should contact Dr. Mandy Cenker at in the Office of Professional Development and Outreach for more information. 

Need a specific-kind of workshop? Contact Annette Kratcoski, Director of the Research Center for Educational Technology, at to craft a workshop just for you and your team. 

Existing Workshops

Creating Augmented Reality with the Merge Cube

This mini-course will provide participants with the confidence and skills needed to integrate augmented reality into the classroom. Participants will learn how to use CoSpaces to create authentic work that can be used in any subject. This course is specifically designed for those new to augmented reality, although anyone with more experience is welcome to take the course. The suggested range for those teaching grades 3 through 12. Participants will need a Merge Cube (available online at Amazon and Walmart) and a mobile device with the free CoSpacesEDU app. 

Diigo: Online Annotation and Media Literacy

Annotating a book is an important skill for any student to learn. Highlight text, sharing ideas and writing in the margins is a common practice in schools today. Diigo lets you do that on the Web. Imagine a website, you read four years ago, that has your highlights, post it notes, and annotated images saved to your library. Now think about how you can share your ideas and annotations with students, guide them in difficult passages and differentiate the content for certain students. Diigo is a free, web-based application that will allow you to bring these imaginations into your classroom. 

Education is Lifesaving: Meeting the ODE Mandate on Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Created to assist Ohio educators, this workshop makes it easy to learn and teach students about organ, eye and tissue donation. Covering everything from the donation process, benefits and needs, and registration, this workshop is meant to help teachers enhance classroom learning and to prepare students to make an informed decision. 

Integration of Technology for Social Emotional Learning

This mini-course is configured to provide teachers with the resources necessary to support social emotional learning through the implementation of technology. The course will probe instructional strategies and theories, to be coupled with technologies. When the methods are combined with the tools this should enable educators to facilitate an effective social emotional learning environment. 

Introduction to Mindfulness

This mini-course is designed to introduce teachers to mindfulness and explore benefits and applications of mindfulness in educational settings.

Learning First, Technology Second

Designing authentic lessons can be overwhelming with so many different technology resources available, along with constant new tools appearing daily. Learn how to apply the Triple E Framework developed by Liz Kolb, Professor at the University of Michigan. This easy and practical framework can be used on its own, or easily by extended as part of TPACK, TIM and SAMR model frameworks. You will create a lesson applying the Triple E Framework resulting in an authentic lesson where learning is first and technology is second. 

Lifelong Kindergarten

The book, "Lifelong Kindergarten", by Dr. Mitch Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media lab, will be the focus of this course. Resnick makes a great case that "the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten." Beginning with "Froebels Kindergarten" in 1837 Resnick shows us how we can nurture creativity and learning in ourselves and our students. Skills that are necessary for todays' learner. Students will read and discuss Resnick's ideas, create an action plan to enhance their classroom applying the concepts shared in the book. 

Mastering Google Classroom

In this course, teachers will go from the very basics of Google Classroom - how to start a course and get students into it - all of the way through to expert level uses - how to differentiate instruction and give rich feedback. This course is designed with educators looking to use Classroom with an actual class in mind -- the assignments will ask you to do things with a real class! -- but can also be done in a "mock" Classroom if you don't have a class ready to use it with. 

Mindfulness Applications in Education

This course is designed to introduce teachers to the application of mindfulness practice in educational settings.

MyMaps: Interactive Online Mapping

This course features the free product of Google MyMaps. This interactive tool can be used in a variety of ways in a variety of different subjects. In this course you will learn the ins and outs of this program helping you guide your students to create a great visual of class content that allows students to quickly recall previously learned content, because they built it! You will learn how to plot points on a map and customize pins, images, videos, links, lines and shaded regions all while gathering ideas for you to use in your classroom upon completion. 

PearDeck: Presentations and Engagement

How do you get every student to answer every question that you ask? PearDeck, that's how. Using PearDeck allows you to get 100% of your students to answer 100% of the questions. The main purpose of "PearDeck: Blur the Line on Your Presentations and Get 100% Engagement" is to transform your daily lesson into an interactive conversation between the whole class that blurs the line between traditional instruction and learning while students receive immediate feedback. That feedback or formative assessment can then be used by the teacher to help make decisions about future lessons. All students in this course will learn how to make, save and use these interactive PearDeck's in their own classroom. 

Strategies & Tools for the Innovative Classroom

Teachers will learn different strategies and technology tools to help students demonstrate their thinking. Different strategies will include ways to introduce new topics, connect learning, annotate and support claims in a text, make connections and develop themes. Inexpensive and free technology tools will be used to support different classroom accessibility. 

Using the NEW Scratch 3.0: Creating Stories, Games & Animations Across the Curriculum

This mini course will provide you with the confidence and skills needed to integrate coding into the classroom. The focus will be on the new Scratch 3.0. This course is specifically designed for beginners, although more experienced coders are welcome to take the course. You will learn how to animate and control sprites as they interact with each other. Scratch is very versatile and can be used with grades 2 through 12. Scratch 3.0 works with any device, but a MAC, Windows 10 or Chromebook is recommended.

RCET Workshop Instructors

Dr. Gus Farmakidis RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityDr. Gus Farmakidis

Dr. Gus Farmakidis has spent the last 20 years teaching History, Technology, Instructional Design and Technology integration. Dr. Farmakidis has spent time as an educator at Southeast Local in Ravenna, Multi-Juvenile Correction Facility in Canton, The University of Akron (part-time), and now with The Akron Public Schools. Dr. Farmakidis received his Bachelor of Science from Kent State University. He received his Masters Degree from The University of Akron in Instructional Technology. In 2013 Dr. Farmakidis received his Ph.D from The University of Akron in Curricular and Instructional Studies. Dr. Farmakidis has spent the last two years at Jennings CLC developing a “Virtual Village” to help teachers and students benefit from the integration of technology into their curriculum. He also is continually working to build a technology program to support Social Emotional Learning for Akron Public Schools. Dr. Farmakidis is a Google Certified Trainer and uses this to develop the faculty’s abilities for communication and instruction.

Laurie Green RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityLaurie Green

Laurie has been working in technology and education for almost 30 years. She holds a Masters Degree from Cleveland State University in Curriculum and Foundations with a focus on Technology Education, and a Bachelors in Business from The Ohio State University. A recognized speaker, curriculum consultant, and workshop leader, her experiences have included serving on the keynote panel for Learning 2.0 in Shanghai, China, a Keynote speaker for the Maths and Science conference in Queensland, Australia, and presenting at various conferences throughout the United States including ISTE and OETC. Her expertise as a Technology Integration specialist was recently recognized by Squirrels® and was accepted into their Alpha Squirrel class.

She is a Certified LEGO Robotics Instructor, Quality Matters Certified, INFOhio Coach, Makey Makey Certified trainer, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and serves on the ISTE PLN Admin committee.

Additionally she served as a volunteer for FIRST for 10 years including 3 years as a regional director for the Cleveland, Ohio FIRST Lego League robotics competitions.  Laurie has taught at the Laurel School for Girls, was the online learning coordinator for PBS ideastream®, Workshop leader with Western Reserve Education Services PBS , taught at the  Cleveland public schools, and Cleveland State University and is an adjunct professor for Ashland University. Laurie enjoys developing customized professional development experiences for faculty and staff. 

Laurie has had a special interest in helping schools provide environments that nurture girls interests in science and technology.

Jackie Hersh RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityJackie Hersh, MSED, B.S

Jackie Hersh MSEd, B.S. joined the West Geauga School District in 2018 as their Response to Intervention (RTI) District Specialist and Middle School Department Head for Special Education. Prior to this new position, she served as the Director of Assistive Technology and Learning Support at Lawrence Upper School, with over ten year’s experience as an Intervention Specialist. Jackie has presented at Closing the Gap, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and International Dyslexia Association on topics regarding Assistive Technology, as well at local symposiums and conferences. She has served on the board of the North East Ohio International Dyslexia Association, as well as a steering committee member for WVIZ Technology Innovation for Northeast Ohio. Jackie is also a Google Level 1 and 2 Educator. Her passions include equity, assistive technology and coaching teachers and students about educational technologies to empower our learners and ensuring our students have tools to support their learning!

You can follow her on twitter at @JHJhersh

Becca Hollis RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityBecca Hollis, M.Ed., RYT-200

Becca Hollis earned her Masters of Education from Kent State University and most recently served as Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention for the College of Arts at Kent. In addition to her background in education, she has been practicing mindfulness for over 15 years and is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor.

Becca develops and leads mindfulness curricula for both K-12 institutions and universities throughout northeast Ohio.

Garth Holman RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityD. Garth Holman

Garth Holman has been teaching middle school history for 24 years. Currently, Garth teaches 7th grade World History at Beachwood Middle school, a position that he has held since 2000. Garth was an integral part in making Beachwood the first 1:1 school in the state of Ohio and has had his students building online textbooks for over 15 years now.

In addition to nationally renowned classroom procedures, Garth has also been a keynote speaker and presenter at countless conferences throughout the United States. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Akron for 14 years.

Find Garth on twitter @garthholman or check out his professional blog at

Jake Miller RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityJake Miller

Jake is an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer and is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in the Orange City School District. At Brady, Jake helps manage the implementation of gSuite (Google Suite) for Education, 1:1 Chromebooks, Google Classroom and other technologies, while working with a team to envision the building’s future integration of STEM, Fab Labs and innovative learning practices.

He previously taught and co-created a middle school STEM Program at Kimpton Middle School in Stow-Munroe Falls, Ohio. Prior to that he taught 9 years of math and science in various grades. His Bachelor’s Degree is in middle-level education (math/science) from the University of Akron and his Master’s Degree is in Instructional Technology from Kent State University.

Jake is passionate about educational technology and regularly shares his geeky obsession at area conferences, schools’ professional development days, on his website ( and on Twitter (@JakeMillerTech). His other passions aren’t as “geeky” - his wife, 3 kids and dog who he resides with in Kent, OH.

Bill Myers RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityBill Myers, Founder - New Territory

Bill Myers, Founder of New Territory, has recently served as a professional consultant for the Interactive Commons at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, where AR is used for the Microsoft HoloLens deployment in medical school education. While deploying AR for marketing and other uses through his own company, he is a sought-after leader in AR consulting in Northeast Ohio for new applications of AR, particularly in the broad arena of education.

To capture the attention of youth and peer-to-peer mentoring, Bill is an advisor at Akron Public Schools, Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools and Cuyahoga Falls City School District where AR is introduced at the usage and coding levels.

Robert Lane RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityRobert Lane, M.A. Ed.

This school year, 2018-2019, marks Robert's 23nd year of teaching. Robert is excited to get to spend another year at Springfield High School and Junior High as the 7th grade Computer Technology and 8th – 12th grade Robotics teacher. Prior to teaching at the junior high and high school level, he taught 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Most of these years he had a self-contained classroom where he taught all of the subjects. In the fall of 2008, Robert switched to math only. In 2007-2008, he also spent two semesters teaching technology at the University of Akron. Teaching at so many age ranges allows Robert to appropriately integrate technology at many levels.

Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Malone College in 1996. A few years later he went on to get a Master of Arts in Education concentrating on instructional technology from the University of Akron in 2002.

He facilitates and leads a computer science camp in Springfield Local Schools. He is excited to also facilitate and lead a other computer science camps to the children of the Summit, Stark, and Portage Counties in Northeast Ohio. Robert also speaks and leads professional development in Springfield Local Schools as well as around Northeast Ohio. He has presented at International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC), NEOTech Conference and the APS3T Conference.

JC Lenk RCET Workshop Kent State UniversityJC Lenk

JC Lenk is a ten year 6th grade social studies teacher. JC is currently working at Beachwood Middle School and worked for several years at Conneaut Middle School. JC is finishing his masters at Baldwin Wallace University in the Leadership in Technology program that integrates a variety of tech tools into the classroom and school building.

JC has created a paperless classroom that uses Chromebooks and free software to change the idea of what teaching and learning can be and provides ownership to his student’s. JC has started presenting at local and regional conferences to share his experiences with others.

Find JC on twitter @jclenk.