HOW TO USE ANCESTRY ATLAS
Ancestry Atlas is a user-friendly web tool. We supply detailed instructions specifically for schools or organisations on how to use Ancestry Atlas with your subscription but you may not need them.
When you subscribe to Ancestry Atlas, you nominate the primary administrator for your organisation. The Ancestry Atlas (AA) administrator may be the head of their organisation, e.g. a school principal, managing director or other authorised person. The AA administrator needs to be a trusted individual because they will be able to view the cultural diversity of the whole organisation and can share this information within or outside the organisation.
Individuals supplying data can do so anonymously, and can choose which data to give – and of course all participation is voluntary. In our experience, most participants are happy to fill in all fields as that gives them representation in the group profile that Ancestry Atlas creates. It’s like being in a class photo.
1. Administrator Setup
To subscribe to Ancestry Atlas, select the applicable option from our Prices page and click the ‘Register’ button.
You will be taken to the registration page and asked to fill in the required fields.
From there you will be redirected to the payment page, where you can complete your order and continue to register.
After you hit the ‘submit’ button on the register form, you will receive an email to activate your account. The activation link in the email will take you to the AA administrator dashboard web page.
On the left-hand side of the dashboard, you will see several menu items. Click on the ‘Administrator’ icon. From here, you will be able to invite the next tier of leaders (in schools, this will be teachers, in organisations, this will be managers and in other groups this may be team leaders, facilitators or such) to join Ancestry Atlas.
2. Leaders’ role
Leaders will receive an email from Ancestry Atlas with their own activation link, taking them to a form where they will be asked to choose from drop-down menus to provide their cultural details where comfortable (ancestries, languages, worldviews and self-identifications). There is the capacity to choose up to eight languages and two worldviews. The only mandatory fields are first language and country of birth. All information is confidential.
Each leader will invite participants of their choice to Ancestry Atlas (in schools, this will be students, in other organisations, this may be staff members or customers or attendees).
3. Participants’ role
Participants will receive an email from Ancestry Atlas with an activation link taking them to a form where they will be asked to choose from drop-down menus to provide their cultural details where comfortable (ancestries, languages, worldviews and self-identifications). There is the capacity to choose up to eight languages and two worldviews. The only mandatory fields are first language and country of birth. All information is confidential.
4. Make the infographics
Once all participants have registered and entered their details, the Ancestry Atlas dashboard automatically generates infographic displays illustrating the cultural diversity of your group, a world map with shaded areas indicating the origins of the participants, and key facts. Names of participants do not show up on these displays.
The AA administrator and leaders can click on the dashboard menu to reveal the displays. AA leaders view the data specific to the group of participants they have invited, whereas the AA administrator can see the data for the entire organisation.
An interactive table of data can be used to allow data to be filtered according to certain criteria, such as gender.
5. Share your results
Participants can decide if they would like to share these visuals, and how they can be shared or stored.
Ancestry Atlas produces information in a number of forms, including digital versions which can be shared via social media and printable images for hard copy distribution. High resolution images for large-size printing can be ordered online.
6. Follow-up activities
The graphic displays are intended to prompt discussion and promote intercultural understanding. Lesson plans are included in the price of subscription for schools.
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