Social Studies YouTube Channel

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I’ve put a little time in today updating the look of the website. The main reason is to make it look a little sleeker, more minimalist, and allow a clear and easy method of navigating from page to page without all the clutter that existed before. So far I like the new look better than the previous one, and hopefully it achieves the purpose I’ve just mentioned.

In the process of working on the site, I’ve also decided to add a YouTube account to the social media accounts I use regularly for sharing teaching ideas and course material. The idea here is probably less to create new videos, and more to compile playlists of videos relevant to the topics I teach in history and geography. I’ve started a few there, so click your way over there if you’d like to see the kinds of videos sources I use in my lessons. I’ll add more videos as I find them.

Finally, while I was at it, I spent a little time using a cool and simple app on my phone called Quik. It allows you to create slideshows and put them to music, creating neat little videos about whatever topic you like. I created a trailer for Social Studies at Gander Collegiate that provides a glimpse into what’s taught in my courses. It’s a first attempt, but perhaps it didn’t come out too badly.

Reading at the March Hare in Gander

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A week from today (March 10) I’ll be reading at the March Hare here in Gander, more affectionately known as Eric’s Time. The event starts at 7pm for anyone who can make it. It should be a good time, full of readings by authors (including Lisa Moore, Andy Jones, and Tom Dawe, among others) and musical entertainment. I’m particularly interested in seeing Matthew Byrne, who’s a phenomenal talent when it comes to traditional and folk music.

I should have a couple copies of my book available for those who may be interesting in picking up one. The March Hare is always a good time and well worth a look in.

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Recent Readings

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Signing books with Brian Bartlett at WOTS Halifax.

I had the pleasure of being invited to read at the Word on the Street festival in Halifax on Set. 19. It took place in  a lovely location (the new Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Rd). I read with Brian Bartlett and had a chance to chat to him afterwards while signing books. He’s an interesting poet and I picked up a copy of his Ringing Here & There: A Nature Calendar at the event and look forward to reading it when I get the time.

On Oct. 7, I was in Gander to read at an event for the Arts & Letters Awards. It is intended to raise awareness of the awards for potential senior and junior entrants, while showcasing some of the local talent and successes from recent years. I read two poems from my newest book, geo•logics, both of which had won awards in the last few years. Among the other readers was Matthew Williams, a student at the local high school. It is great to see young creative minds getting recognition for hard work and effort in poetry.

I’d like to thank those at Word on the Street and the Arts & Letters Awards for the opportunities to read at these events. They were well organized, attended, and I enjoyed myself immensely.

Word On The Street Halifax

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I’ve recently been invited to read at the Word on the Street festival in Halifax on Sept. 19. It’s something I look forward to as a way of promoting geo•logics, but also to meet some writers from across the water. I don’t know the details of the line up just yet, but I’m sure that information will be made available in the coming weeks as we get nearer the event.

If you or anyone you know will be in Halifax that weekend, drop down to the new metro library for some fun with words.