The RCET Team
Rick 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, the role of faith in technology, 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 was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations, is the current Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.
Annette Kratcoski is the Director of the Research Center for Educational Technology. Prior to joining RCET in Fall 2000, Dr. Kratcoski 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. Dr. Kratcoski has an extensive background in curriculum and PreK-12 technology integration. As RCET director, Dr. Kratcoski oversees the center’s research and outreach projects related to PreK-16 technology integration and leads programming in the center’s AT&T Classroom, a high-tech professional development, outreach and research laboratory classroom.
Thomas McNeal is the Technology Director for RCET’s AT&T Classroom where he provides technical support to the Classroom and technology training for teachers and students. Mr. McNeal holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Instructional Technology from Kent State University. He has worked with teachers and students for over 35 years as a fifth grade teacher, educational in-service instructor for PBS, and as a computer and applications instructor for the Summit County Educational Service Center. Mr. McNeal joined RCET in 2001 to direct the Digital Videoconferencing Project which facilitated the connection of web-based video communication between Kent State University and other organizations and K-20 educational institutions. He has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on the use of innovative tools to enhance teaching and learning.
Enrico Gandolfi joined RCET in January 2015 as a post-doctoral research fellow and now holds an NTT teaching and research position with RCET and Kent State's Instructional Technology (ITEC) program. Previously he worked as associate researcher at Luiss “Guido Carli” University of Rome, Italy. Dr. Gandolfi holds a Ph.D. in social theory and research and is author of several essays and book chapters concerning game cultures, hegemonic processes in digital entertainment and qualitative/quantitative methodology, and of Piloti di Console (Edizioni Paoline, 2011), Nerd Generation (Mimesis, 2014) and Independent Videogames (Unicopli, 2015).