We consider our multiplier to be successful. There were some 20+ delegates there, most of them teachers and they were satisfied with what they took part of. Especially the afternoon’s session with e-books and how to create them was appreciated.
The second day in Birmingham, or on the outskirts of Birmingham in the idyllic Lickey, was spent with the UK multiplier. The program was basically similar to the one we had had in Sweden (perhaps minus the external speakers), but the delegates were different. In Sweden the vast majority were teachers, but here they were representatives of organizations that worked with teacher training. Hopefully they will use the inspiration and material provided and in that way further disseminate Girls into Global STEM. Our multiplier went straight to the classrooms, perhaps with a narrower possibility of spreading further on. Which one is the best? I don’t know. It is interesting that we have such different ideas on the audience. It might be a natural consequence of Practical Action using their contacts and we using ours.
The UK multiplier was jammed in between two meeting days. There are not very many things left in GIGS now. I am happy to say that I am going to take an active part in one of the remaining; the systematic literature review. Jonas and I have written a paper based on the presentation we did at the conference on practice close research for science and technology teaching in Norrköping in March 2018. Hopefully this paper will be accepted now with the changes we made according to the review we got. If the systematic literature review also results in a paper in a journal (which is the goal), I will have contributed with two pieces of research from the project. Not bad for a language teacher.
Other things worth mentioning from the days in Brum are the spin-off effects of this project. Jonas and Tobias will most likely go to Warsaw next February/March to work with CEO on digital skills. They are really keen on learning more on how to work with e-books and other multimedia tools. We have also spread the Swedish National Tests to the UK. No, not in the way that some young entrepreneurs in social media tend to do it every year, but in the way that it will be tested at the deFerrers Academy. We started talking about the tests at lunch with Greg and Rosie from deFerrers, and the fact that Swedish pupils did and oral part in Maths was interesting. Jonas showed the open resource that can be found on Skolverket’s homepage, and Rosie became so fascinated that she decided that she really wanted to test it on her pupils. International sharing of resources.