I haven’t had a chance to post too much about this, but my parents were in Princeton last week and we had a chance to roam around, do some shopping and eat quite possibly the best dinner that was ever eaten by the likes of us. My wife and I are still reluctant to buy mushrooms in the supermarket because of the truth that they can never compare to what we ate Saturday night.

A quite wonderful time and Princeton looked lovely. My thoughts travelled a thousand different places that night, thinking of each place Christmas seems to find me in. I thought of all the people I had spent Christmas with and I miss them all, a longing that is a testament to our memories rather than some dissatisfaction with the present. In fact, I am as a happy as a Little Neck Oyster, a dozen of them on the half shell that made up our appetizer that night.

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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