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Autumn. The season where the leaves change color, fall clothes are taken out of semi-retirement and the air chills just enough to make thoughts crisper, sharper, more in focus.

And for my line of work, it is also the season for academic conferences. So, this week I will be heading off to the American Association of School Librarians Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is an interesting mix of secondary school librarians, passionate techies, people intentionally and pragmatically looking to redefine the influence of their profession. More power to them.

I enjoy dealing with the secondary school crowd after spending most of my time in higher education. They are very approachable, very enthused (very) and just plain old pleasant people. Always quick with a smile and a laugh. So, it should be good and we will have a little swag to hand out. I am looking forward to having some good conversations about the secondary school community and how we can work with them more. Should be fun.

That being said, blogging will be light for the week. I will be relying on Twitter to post from the exhibition floor with #aasl09.

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Me in my living room admiring my cassoulet

On an unrelated note, I made cassoulet the other night. It is a kind of stew with lamb, duck, pork, sausage, beans and vegetables slow cooked over a course of three or four hours. It was absolutely brilliant. I think when I cook that is my way of expelling some of that creative energy that I used to write through. Now, I cook. The evolution of Michael Gallagher continues. I would still like to write some poetry, though as I do miss it.

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Cassoulet in a Le Creuset on a Friday

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.

2 thoughts on “Tis the season for swag”
    1. Thanks, Melissa! BTW, I sent a Google Wave invite your way, but there is a bit of a lag. Let me know when you get it as I am curious as to how quick they are rolling out each successive cycle.

      Also, be sure to check out new pics coming soon of blue cheese crust beef (please forgive me if you are vegetarian), blue cheese mashed potatoes (simply wonderful) and steamed broccoli. Absolutely brilliant. This is what I do in my 30s that poetry used to do for me.

      Take care and good luck with the rock-climbing!

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