Local Channel 9 Appearance for Friends of the Library

Last week I had the opportunity to appear on the local TV show, This N That on Channel 9 in Chattanooga to promote the Friends of the Library’s Semi-Annual book sale! 

I am really excited to be one of the newest council members for the Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library organization!

I have been selected to be on the communications committee for the council of FOL.

The Friends of the Library is a GREAT non-profit organization that helps raise funds for our local library system.

Chattanooga’s Public Library System is a dynamic and evolving library system dedicated to keeping the library current in the 21st century literacy initiatives. We serve the greater Chattanooga area in not only providing a place to learn and read, but also in developing 21st century skills.

It was a fun experience to visit the Channel 9 Studio and talk with the host of This N That about the great things we are doing with the Friends of the Library organization.

If you are a Chattanooga local, or just passing through town for a day or two, I encourage you to visit the Chattanooga Public Library and see what a progressive, 21st century library looks like!

Media Specialist, Educator, Writer

Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Beard has had the opportunity to present at many local, state, national and even international conferences and professional development workshops.

She has shared many methods with colleagues and students that allow people to successfully integrate new media technologies in the classroom and use various media outlets (video, audio, text and social media platforms) to effectively communicate for educational, business, and personal purposes.


Random Acts of Kindness Recognition from 11 Alive News

I am so pleased to report that 11 Alive News has aired a segment about the work that I have done with my colleague and friend, Hillary Steiner, this semester in our Learning Community at Kennesaw State University. In this Learning Community students are enrolled in English Composition (my course) and Intro to Psychology (Hillary’s course). Our theme for these courses has been “The Pursuit of Happiness” and we have asked students to perform RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) and ask the recipients to “Pay it forward.” We then asked students to write and discuss these RAKs and how being kind to others can help increase our own feelings of happiness. Students have expressed enhanced feelings of compassion and satisfaction, and we believe that many of them will continue to perform RAKs even after the semester is over.

As a result of these efforts, we were nominated by our colleagues to be recognized by Atlanta’s 11 Alive News in their Random Acts of Kindness segment. We were totally surprised when news reporter Christopher “Crash” Clark presented Hillary and I with several gift cards and acknowledged us for promoting kindness and happiness in our students. It was truly an honor to be recognized for the work we do in this way.

Our news segment can be viewed here.

4th Annual IEP Mini-Conference 2016

4th Annual IEP Mini-Conference 2016: “Keeping It Real”

Sponsored by Georgia TESOL and Cambridge University Press. Organized by the Georgia TESOL IEP Interest Section and representatives of four Georgia universities and English USA.
Georgia Tech Language

February 27, 2016

Dr. Jeannie Beard


1:00-1:50 Room F

Since You Are Staring at Your Phone Anyway . . .

As teachers, most of us have experienced the frustration that has come with 21st century technology in the classroom, primarily the issue of students staring at their phones during class time.

Some teachers address the problem by having students turn off their cell phones or mandate a strictly “no phone use” policy in their classrooms, some going so far as to have students deposit their phones in a basket when they walk through the door, while others shrug and give up the fight as many students just gaze down at their palms during the entire class.

It is true that people today are addicted to their phones, and while
this addiction admittedly can be very problematic, really these smart devices do put a world of opportunity at our fingertips. Why should our students waste time scrolling through Snapchat and Instagram pics, when they can be using their devices to learn?

In this presentation, I will offer some of the practical strategies I have used to incorporate these mini-computers into my classroom experience, giving students the opportunity to learn with their devices rather than just be distracted by them during class.

We will discuss useful apps, single class assignments, and long-term projects that use cell phones and discuss strategies for addressing the issue of smart phones in the classroom. Join me as we lament the bygone days when students had their eyes only on us, and explore the ways we can engage them even as they are staring at their phones!

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Rethinking Facebook: Using Social Media for Good

This semester I am teaching Composition I in two amazing learning communities at Kennesaw State. Both learning communities are focused on women’s issues and are comprised of all female students. In one of the classes, our theme is Leading Ladies and we are focusing on the various aspects of our roles as leaders, the obstacles we face, and the ways in which can empower ourselves, our communities, and each other as women. In the other class, our theme is Global Girl Talk, and we are discussing the important issues that women are facing all over the world and relating these issues back to our own lives. I will certainly be posting more on the great things that these young women are doing in the near future, but this post is about evaluating Facebook.

For their second essay, my students are writing evaluation essays. They are invited to write an evaluation of just about anything they choose, but I am encouraging them to choose topics that address the themes of our communities. They may choose to evaluate a female artist’s work or a business that is run by women for women, or they may look at product or service that is marketed to women.The list goes on and on. There are so many things that we evaluate on a daily basis. The ability to evaluate effectively is an important critical thinking skill, and this is why I incorporate this assignment into my first-year composition courses.

Last week, I had my students do an online class using a Facebook page that I created for both learning communities. I chose to use Facebook primarily because it was easy to post links to videos and articles and I also wanted to experiment with how the students responded to the educational use of a Facebook page. I then evaluated Facebook using the three criteria set forth in their book, Good Reasons, by Lester Faigley and Jack Selzter. These criteria are: aesthetics, practicality, and ethics.

I created the following Haiku Deck presentation to demonstrate several important lessons to my students. First, I wanted to show them how to create an effective presentation using clean and simple design elements. Haiku Deck is a great presentation software for getting these zen presentation results. I also wanted to demonstrate how to give a presentation in a professional and effective way. I used my own presentation to model the presentations they would be giving on the topics of their evaluation, and I also used my own evaluation of Facebook to prompt them to think about how social media can best be used for positive rather than negative outcomes. This was a lesson plan with many layers, and it worked out really well to teach by example and also explore some more complex issues about social media and how we use it for either positive or negative purposes.

In my evaluation, I concluded that it is time to rethink how we use Facebook as a social media platform. Facebook is easy to use (practical), and the interface allows us to post articles and videos with thumbnails and summaries (aesthetics and practicality), and it can be utilized to share knowledge and support causes and companies that we want to promote (ethics). Facebook can also be used to create an online personae that reflects our positive traits, values, and qualities rather than shines a spotlight on our more negative traits. Therefore, it is crucial that we begin to rethink how we use all social media in general, but more specifically, we can start using Facebook for good, as a platform to share information, promote and engage activism, and support others and ourselves as conscious and productive members of today’s society.


Teaching with Technology IEP Workshop

Kennesaw State University Intensive English Program

Professional Development Day Workshop

“Using Tech in the Classroom”   UV 2004

10:00 -10:50  & 11:00 – 11: 50

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One Mom’s Touching Story Of An Injured Dog She Rescued

This is a nice story that Rescue Dog News wrote up about the video, “Pip’s Story,” I made about my chihuahua that I rescued. I made the video as an example for my students and also as a little experiment.

If I do my TEDx talk, I will likely discuss how I was able to make this video, post it on YouTube, and share the message with hundreds of people in just a matter of days. Connecting in this way is the way that YouTube Culture is changing the world for the better.

VIDEO. Heartwarming story of an abandoned injured dog found by a young woman.

via One Mom’s Touching Story Of An Injured Dog She Rescued.

TEDx Kennesaw Audition!

I’m thrilled to announce that my application to audition for TEDx Kennesaw has been accepted! I will be auditioning this Thursday at 6:30 at Kennesaw State. This is also the first week of classes for the Intensive English Program, my new home at the University, so it is a busy week for sure!

Of course my topic will be YouTube Culture and the power that video production has to change the world, the subject of my dissertation and my passion for over a decade.
Following is the video that I made for the application to audition. It is clipped from the longer video I made for my dissertation with only a few changes. The voice over in this video is my favorite page from my dissertation (and that’s out of a LOT of pages!). I remember the day I wrote it I felt so charged up and excited. This is really the heart of what my research was all about and what makes me exited about this area I have chosen to pursue in my field.

It is truly remarkable the power we hold in the palms of our hands in today’s world. We have the technology and capability, with just a little effort and work, to become our own producers of media, to make our own news, to ask the world to hear our cause and take action in as many different ways we can imagine.

I invite everyone to take the challenge and become producers themselves. Your voice can be heard. Say something!

Can You Teach Students to Be Happy and Kind?”

I’m happy to share this great news story about the learning community I’m teaching in this semester. Our theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness” and we have been discussing happiness and how doing random acts of kindness for others can often make our own lives better. Happiness Learning Community

“Can you teach students to be happy and kind?

Kennesaw State University students in pursuit of happiness

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 21, 2014) — When professors Hillary Steiner and Jeannie Beard combined their Psychology 1101 and English 1102 classes as part of a learning community for first-year students, they decided to integrate a “pursuit of happiness” theme with the coursework.

“Students entering college often have some apprehension about the transition,” said Steiner. “We thought teaching students about the concept of being happy might launch their college careers on a more positive note.”

A portion of the students’ assignments includes writing papers and posting content related to happiness on this learning community’s Facebook page. They must also post four brief summaries of their personal experiences performing “random acts of kindness” with the goal of increasing another person’s happiness.

Toward the end of the semester, Steiner said, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the happiness project from start to finish and discuss how it personally impacted them. They’ll be asked to discuss whether this assignment made them uncomfortable and if it increased their own levels of happiness.

Kennesaw State University student Ryan Turnage is among the professors’ students already reflecting upon the lessons he has learned throughout this project. He said a major “aha” moment occurred for him while watching a video about happiness during class. He said that video highlighted a study that found making a lot of money does not guarantee happiness or success in life.

“That was my biggest mistake,” he said. “I’ve always felt that I wasn’t going to be happy until I made six figures, and that’s really not the case at all. A person making $50,000 or $150,000 can have the same level of happiness. What really matters is taking advantage of every situation you have and looking at the bright side of things if you can.”

Turnage has embraced the “random acts of kindness” assignment, going beyond the requirements to surprise his professors. He and classmate Avery Schueller led a class effort to raise money for the University’s food bank called “Feed the Future.” This program, managed by KSU Student Health Services at House 53, supports students struggling to pay for food. Turnage and his classmates raised about $100 and purchased items to help stock the pantry.

“We felt good donating the food and hope we helped make someone’s life a bit easier and perhaps happier,” he said.

Both professors said they have enjoyed watching how the students have integrated the “pursuit of happiness” theme into their work up to this point.

“I have noticed from their papers, random acts of kindness and conversations that they are looking at world through the lens of a happiness perspective, and that’s exactly what we hoped for,” said Beard. “I hope it serves them well during their university careers and beyond.”

Steiner said, “I think there’s a perception that college students are narcissistic and self-serving, and they will only do things that affect their grades. That’s just not the case. I’ve been really impressed with how our students have embraced this assignment and gone above and beyond in pursuit of making others happy.”

– Katherine Dorsett Bennett




Multimodal Assignments: Engaging Students

Research on Teaching & Learning Summit

Kennesaw State University

February 7-8, 2014

After completing the research for my dissertation, I began to see how multimodal assignments could be used early in the writing process as a way of engaging students with their topics and helping establish a sense of community in the classroom. I think multimodal assignments can be used for this purpose for any class, any discipline, and at any level! In this presentation, I will explain why my research led me to start using multimodal assignments for each major unit in my class. I will explain what multimodal actually means, and I will also share some exciting examples of the creative projects my students have created over the past several semesters.

You can take a look at the Multimodal Assignment Requirements and Multimodal Presentation Guidelines and and also look at previous posts on this blog to get a better understanding of both the theory and practice of using multimodal texts in the classroom. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have, and please consider trying an assignment like this in your own classes. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with the potential that multimodal assignments have in store for your classroom. I’d love to hear about your results!

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