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Queen's University experts comment on going back to school


Using social media to teach – Sidneyeve Matrix

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

“Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, smartphone apps, and online webinars 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 flexible, collaborative coursework are all reasons digitally fluent faculty are adopting online, mobile and social tools for teaching and learning,” says Dr. Matrix.”

Please note that Dr. Matrix is only available after noon on Thursday, August 29th. She is only available for print and radio media requests.

Curriculum reforms – Theodore Christou

Education professor Theodore Christou is available to comment on today’s curriculum reforms and the new wave of progressive education. Are Ontario’s schooling practices and programs out of touch with the pressing concerns of contemporary life?

“Today’s curriculum reforms must be understood in light of their historical context,” says Professor Christou. “We are caught up in a new current of progressive education, which first began to transform Ontario’s schools after the First World War and, again, in the late 1960s. Ontarians are increasingly attentive to the changing circumstances and realities of contemporary life and school curricula are once more seemingly out of touch with the realities of modern existence. As in 1937, when Ontario’s first progressive curricula were implemented in the province under the leadership of Duncan McArthur, today’s curriculum revisions demonstrate a perceived need for schools to adequately respond to and prepare students for active participation in a modern world that was ever-evolving and fraught with change.”

Professor Christou is also prepared to discuss subjects that include civic engagement amongst youth, the teaching of history, and citizenship.

Back to school branding/shopping/back to school commercials – Tandy Thomas

For many students, back to school time means back-to-school shopping. Queen’s School of Business Professor Tandy Thomas is available to talk about the branding, marketing and commercials that surround the concept of going back-to-school.

Cloud technology for students – Keith McWhirter

Queen’s Associate Director of ITServices Keith McWhirter can comment on student use of cloud technology and how the platform that students use to access it has become less important, while the prevalence of device support for cloud access has increased.

Parents and separation – Mike Condra

Mike Condra, director of the Queen’s University Health Counseling and Disability Services, is available to comment on parental anxiety after their child leaves home, often for the first time. He can discuss the many challenges associated with a child moving away including dealing with the sense of loss, expectations for their children and how university has changed since they attended.

Bullying prevention – Wendy Craig

With school just around the corner many parents have dived into back to school planning for their children. This is an excellent time to open up a discussion about bullying prevention with your child.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Rosie Hales at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca, or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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