Monday, March 29, 2010

Teaching Online Safety in the K-12 and College Settings

Cyber bullying, sexting, and overall online safety are such a large issues in the K-12 and college environments. Unfortunately, it seems that both environments are failing to educate their students on the simple subject of cyber safety.

When I mention cyber safety, I am merely addressing the following issues: sexting, job searching and social networking websites (positive and negative), cyber bulling, identify theft (in the college student community), and other pertinent issues.

Here are a few websites focused on cyber safety/media literacy and the K-12/higher education environments.

This is the BEST website that I have EVER seen on the topic. This government website features interactive games, quizzes, and videos.

OnGuard Online Websites (geared towards adults)

Here is are entire curriculum guides and suggestions to online safety:

Cyber Smart Curriculum

The Texas Education Agency also compiled a list of websites and resources pertaining to online safety.

Last, but not least - here are some articles based on online safety and K-12/higher education:

Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Goes to College

Study: Too Few Schools Teaching Cyber Safety

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

APA 6th Edition Video - A Great Resource for Students, Faculty, and Staff

This semester, I incorporated the new edition (6th) of the American Psychological Association (APA) manual in my upper-level courses and it has been an interesting process. I learned a lot and the students have learned a lot about the manual as well.

However, I would like to incorporate the APA manual in my online classes as well. It is easier for me to teach the APA citation style in a face-to-face format, but I am seeking engaging resources to make this process easier for the online students.

Here is a great video for professors who are teaching an online class that might require supplemental materials for a lesson on APA citations -


Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Monday, March 22, 2010

8-18 Year Olds...The Last Segment of Millennials...

As many of you know, I am a millennial who is interested in issues concerning my generation. Recently, my co-author and I submitted an article based on millennials to a distance learning journal. I understand the different segments that exist in my generation, but I did not know that others were interested in the differences among millennials. The editors of the journals encouraged us to separate the larger definition of millennials into several different categories.

As a result, I sought articles focused on the differences among millennials. This was not an easy process, but I did find a few articles that fit my search. Here is one of the articles - Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds.

This website also features additional items, including a webcast, podcast, etc.

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Top Public Libraries on Twitter!

Recently, the NFI Research firm released a list of the top public libraries on twitter. Surprisingly, there are several Texas libraries on the list! In fact, the second library with the most followers i the Houston Public Library with 4,000+ followers.

Here is the link to the list - "Top Public Libraries on Twitter"


Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Technology Ideas for Librarians AND Others...

In my opinion, college and university libraries are the most important departments on campus. Usually librarians are very progressive in terms of technology adoption and are always seeking new ways to reach students. As a result, many librarians collaborate with one another using such technologies as blogs, wikis, facebook, and twitter.

Here is an article focused on technology and libraries, "10 Technology Ideas Your Library Can Implement Next Week" -

One of the most important tips (for me) is the SMS delivery of patron alerts and notifications. If I could receive patron alerts, etc. via text message, I would never had an overdue book!

I hope you can use this website!

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Digital_Nation: Life on the Digital Frontier" - Millennials and the Digital Environment

Recently, PBS provided one of their documentaries, Digital_Nation: Life on the Digital Frontier, to visitors on their website. This is a very interesting documentary that enables viewers to become exposures to the lives of digital natives (today's high school and college students AND some entry-level employees).

This documentary websites features a quiz titled, "What's Your Digital Parenting Style" and lesson plans for parents and teachers.

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hippocampus - A Video Resource for K-12 Educators

My husband, a high school science teacher, uses various websites to engage his students in the classroom. One of the websites he really likes is

This wonderful website provides users with videos of each of the following subjects: Algebra (English and Spanish), American Government, Biology, Calculus (English and Spanish), Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Statistics, and US History.

I hope the website works for your educational needs!

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Flat World Knowledge Textbooks - Free E-Textbooks for College Students

I know the economy is not the best and I strongly believe professors should provide students with affordable textbook options. I am strongly considering the e-textbooks from this website ( for some classes that I will teach in the fall semester. Personally, I think this option might be appropriate for a few of the courses I teach (Business and Professional Speaking and Organizational Communication) - I am interested to see what the students think about the e-book option, because some of my students do not have a laptop computer and/or do not embrace new technological developments.

I know that I will supplement these e-textbooks with scholarly articles and engaging activities, but overall I think it is a good option. In addition, I think that this website may be a good outlet for some supplemental books that I plan to write in the near future.

Millennial Professor
Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.