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Off to Insadong for some detective work for Hyun family: mobile learning in Seoul

Hyun (현 or 玄) Family Registry (호적)

Slight addendum to previous post. The Supyo address I was documenting yesterday was in fact the head of household address, ie my wife’s great-grandfather. After consulting the registry again, I am on the subway now heading to 154-3 Insadong, where my father in-law was raised. It seems to be art gallery now, quite possibly the fate of all older homes in the area. My father in-law, from new York and on Skype, managed to find the address on the registry he had used to get an American visa in 1965.

More to follow, but in the interim, three cheers for mobile technology. Off to record my father in-law’s childhood home and neighborhood.

By the way, Posterous, I love you. But that autolocate feature’s placement of my position is one big GPS fail in a series of posts dedicated to establishing geographical history. 

Hyun (현 or 玄) Family Registry (호적)

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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