How to Use This Project in Class
Our Salzburger project consists of a three-day (or four-day) teaching unit that relies fairly heavily on web-based exercises that are housed on a webpage, a wiki, and a couple of webquests. Ancillary materials include three PowerPoint presentations and two QuickTime movies. Please understand that the teaching units are intended to offer suggestions; they are not intended to be a step-by-step approach to teaching about the Salzburgers, although they can certainly be used as such. We have tried to integrate the constructive criticism of AATG-GA members into the current version of the project. We hasten to add that our aspirations have been constrained by two formidable factors: time and money. We do not have the resources to create the kinds of video and audio materials that adolescents might find more appealing. As a matter of fact, we hope that your students will use their creativity to create their own such materials and post them to the wiki. Time has been our other foe. We understand that teachers simply cannot afford to spend much time integrating this kind of teaching unit into their curriculum. We have been asked to cut the project back to a more manageable two- or three day exercise. Such time constraints make it impossible to do justice to the reasons for the Salzburger emigration as well as their considerable contributions to the Georgia colony.
Please consider the current version of the project as an appetizer. Assuming that there will be interest among German teachers and their students, more information about German contributions to the state of Georgia since the Revolutionary War will be made available in future incarnations of his project. We welcome any kind of constructive criticism that will make this initiative more appealing to middle-school, high-school and collegiate audiences. We strongly encourage you and your students to complete a brief and anonymous evaluative survey so that we have a better idea of what works and what does not work. See the first page of the teaching unit for the addresses of these surveys.
This webpage is accompanied by a Wiki (http://salzburgeringeorgia.wikispaces.com) which is ideally the heart of the project. Anyone can view the contents of the wiki, but if you wish to make any emendations or contributions (and we hope you do!), you will need to sign in. Consider the wiki an invitation to engage the materials interactively. We hope your students will post their findings on this site especially when accessing the Interactive Map of Europe. Here they are encouraged to take part in a “Schnitzeljagd” and share their discoveries about various cities with other wiki-users. If you are asked to provide access codes, try these: Username: jmbolzius Password: salzburger2012.
In the navigation bar on the left side of the wiki, you will find links to information relevant to every aspect of the project. When you click on any active link in the navigation bar, a window will open up to the right that offers instructions on the kinds of information one should post. To make a contribution to the wiki, all one needs to do is to click on the EDIT tab on the right side of the menu bar. As soon as you click on this tab, the menu bar will be transformed into a set of formatting tools that should be familiar to any user of MicrosoftWord and MacintoshPages. One can add links to internal and external websites that display text and images. There is also a tab for Widgets that allow one to upload videos, maps, spreadsheets, cartoons, and a host of other learning aids. Whatever you do, do not forget to SAVE whatever you contribute to the wiki!
On the navigation bar there is also a link for creating new pages. Just make sure that you give the page a name, provide content, and find something that links to the new page. (otherwise it just floats unnoticed in cyberspace until someone provides it a home). One can also add criteria to the navigation bar by clicking on the miniscule “edit navigation” on the very bottom of the navigation bar. More than one person can view the information on the wiki at the same time, but only one person can add new information.
We strongly recommend that students and teachers write down their insights in Word or Pages, and then upload the information to the wiki by cutting-and-pasting. This way no one person monopolizes the wiki space for an extended period of time, thereby running the risk of being “bumped” from the wiki by an impatient user. The purpose of the wiki is to allow students and teachers to share their insights with others. Please understand that the Salzburger work group to provide content on the wiki; this is a forum which all users can share their discoveries and insights with others. The passages and images that are contributed will be made available to those who wish to use the Salzburger Project next year during German-American week. People and schools who make viable contributions (and who identify themselves!) will be given full credit in future incarnations of the project. It is possible that some teachers will feel uncomfortable using the wiki. My experience has been that college students take to it very quickly and understand almost intuitively how it works. I have to assume that high-school students will take to it even more quickly. They may figure out how to use the widgets very creatively! They may even want to act out a brief scene that they record for YouTube!
Webquests are self-contained instructions for particular exercises that accompany the project. Teachers can create webquests, or edit and embellish the those that currently exist: Lehreinheit: Tag Zwei (http://www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=111268), and Settling in Ebenezer: Painting of Oglethorpe and the Salzburgers (www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=108307) If you wish to create or edit a webquest, here are the access codes: Username: jmbolzius Password: salzburger2012
Thanks again for your willingness to integrate this Salzburger project into your curriculum, ideally during German-American week in early October. We truly hope that you and your students will not only make contributions to the wiki, but also provide us constructive criticism so that we can continue to improve the quality of this project.