Dissemination in KA1 projects
“Oh, no, dissemination plan again. I do not know, what should I write in my application form.” Sounds familiar? You are not the only one. Teachers often struggle with preparing a dissemination plan in their KA1 projects. On the other hand, this is one of the most important part of the mobility despite it is usually conducted after you come back home. Dissemination is actually an opportunity to promote your work and the knowledge you received in Erasmus+ training abroad. So, do not take it as a pressure to put additional energy to your project but take it as a chance to facilitate lifelong learning in your community. Here are some ideas for different dissemination activities, feel free to use them in your application.
Not just in the end, start your dissemination already at the beginning of the project. Remember your positive feelings and joy when you receive a confirmation of the project from your national agency. Why not share it with others? Use your media (webpage, blogs, social media, newsletters, bulletin board) to tell your local community what are the aims of the project and how will you share new knowledge with them.
Write about your mobility experience. Written words are more sustainable so having at least one written dissemination activity makes sense. Prepare an article or blog. Article may be published in a professional publication or in local media for a general public. Do not write only about the country. The core content is the knowledge you got in your mobility and this is the most interesting think for your readers. Write what did you learn and what knowledge readers can implement in their work and life.
Written word is good, but do not forget on personal contacts with the local community.Present your mobility in conferences, organize a tea party with parents, create a workshop in professional associations, prepare a seminar for your co-workers, have a special session with your students where you will introduce the topic from your mobility period. In this way you will be able to spread the knowledge among a wide range of different people. Maybe you can even organize a summer school for your students in which you will learn about the topic of your mobility. Teamwork rules also in the case of dissemination. If you have a colleague from your school that also went to mobility, try to prepare a dissemination event together. This will encourage broader range of people to join the event and maybe motivate them to apply for mobility.
European social media. There are quite a few European options for disseminating your results. For instance ETwinning is a platform for teachers to connect, develop collaborative projects and share ideas in Europe. You can spread the results of your mobility also in different social media group. For instance, Facebook has a group Teachers from Europe which has more than 17.000 members; LinkedIn has a group of elementary teachers with more than 54.000 members. Spread a word about your mobility among the members of those groups and say some words about the quality of the training provider. By this you will help other teacher in making decisions about their future mobilities.
Improve your implementing curriculum. Think what part of the implementing curriculum you can improve using the knowledge and skills from the mobility period. Do not stay only in your class. Share the improvements of the curriculum with your fellow teachers from professional associations who teach the same subject as you.
Mobility as a starting point for KA2 projects. Note that one of the purposes of the mobility is to increase your network in order to apply for future projects. Erasmus+ course therefore is an opportunity to discuss future projects with your fellow participants. Do not wait till the end of the course. Start a discussion about the projects as early as possible. In this way you will have even additional information for your dissemination activities because you will be able to tell the audience how your project will continue in the future.
Include different stakeholders in your dissemination plan. If you share your new knowledge only with teachers, the knowledge will stay in a very narrow group of people. Think about the ways to include more diverse groups. For instance, parents, students, members of associations, members of local community institutions (libraries, NGOs, volunteering organizations …), local authorities etc.
These are just few ideas for dissemination of the results of your mobility. I am sure you will create a lot of interesting activities to spread your knowledge among many different people. I wish you a lot of inspiration for that.
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