Where were you
when I was lonesome?

Deep in my own heart’s core,
I was swimming for the placid surface
awash with emotion,
a human sponge.

When I die,
I will dissipate into the ether,
a thousand particles of me
banging endlessly,
born from shore to shore
adrift in scores of company,
of other faithful departed.
Perhaps of you.

And if a particle or two finds its way
towards that Elm tree in that field,
with that tall tall grass,
at the end of that street,
may it rest forever.

I am born of endless motion

and if I look back this very moment,
I will falter.

By Michael Gallagher

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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