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Back-to-school story ideas


Here are some back-to-school story ideas involving Queen’s professors and faculty.

Using social media to teach

Film and Media Studies professor Sidneyeve Matrix is an expert in digital culture and communication and says this fall more professors are taking advantage of social media tools for teaching.

“Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, YouTube, Twitter, and even text messaging are all being leveraged to connect with GenY students who are adept at digital communication. Connecting the classroom to culture at large, sharing real-time news updates and supporting collaborative coursework are all reasons digitally fluent faculty are incorporating the social web,” says Prof. Matrix.

Contact info: e-mail: matrixs@queensu.ca, office phone: 613 533 6000 x 78133


Computer technology trends for students

“Less is more when it comes to the current trend in technology for students,” says Keith McWhirter, Queen’s manager of Campus Computer Sales and Service.

Mr. McWhirter finds students today are more interested in laptops instead of desktop computers because today’s generation wants to be portable, and stay connected.

Also popular are Net Books, which are smaller, cheaper laptops that still have the power to allow students to get their work done, but do not have the bulk of full sized laptops that offer features they may not need.

Contact info: e-mail: keith.mcwhirter@queensu.ca, office phone: 613 533 6028


Assisting students with disabilities

“The number of students with disabilities who will attend post-secondary institutions over the next several years is expected to increase,” says Michele Chittenden, Coordinator, Library Services for Students with Disabilities/Research and Instruction Librarian, Adaptive Technology Centre.

The Adaptive Technology Centre in the Stauffer Library at Queen’s is recognized as a national role model in the provision of services to students with disabilities. Other universities visit the centre to replicate its services, and the centre is used as a recruiting tool to attract prospective students.

Hundreds of students with learning, physical and psychiatric disabilities visit the centre to use cutting-edge assistive software, Braille, large print and audio textbooks, digital recorders and note-taking devices.

Contact info: e-mail: chittend@queensu.ca, office phone: 613 533 2833


If you need assistance to arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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