I am returning home from the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in 2010. We just pulled into Mystic, Connecticut (yes, from Mystic Pizza) and I wanted to remark how pleasant the whole train experience has been. It is remarkably different than the last time I took the train to Boston, a much more heavily traveled route and I am assuming more efficient.

I had a good time in Boston, mostly at the site visits I did at Brookline High School and Emerson College. Good sessions, good people, good energy.

More importantly, I am now headed home to my wife, to my bed,to my routine. I am starting back at the University of Edinburgh today so I might be a little quiet on the blog front as I get my academic bearings back.

On a parting note, the Long Island Sound at dusk is gorgeous. All these boats are moored and the water stretches forever. Now pulling into New London, Connecticut. Time to stare out the window a bit more and daydream.

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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