productivity

Facebook: Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel!  
Using the FILES feature on the International ACAC Facebook Page

By Tim Munnerlyn
American School of Warsaw


Great insights and resources are shared everyday on the International
 ACAC Facebook page.  On many occasions, topics and questions are simply answered within the comments section of a particular post.  No matter how great these answers might be to those in need, the posts themselves have a shelf life of mere hours until they are buried in an avalanche of other posts.  A little know, or perhaps a not widely used feature, is the Files button located on the left hand side (or top menu bar) of the International ACAC Facebook page. 


When members post a document, powerpoint or other 
forms of communication in their responses, attachments are automatically logged and listed under the "Files" section.  Instead of reinventing the wheel building or creating a presentation or handout, having members share/upload their resources directly into posts could make many of our lives just a little easier.  Already, there are useful and fabulous resources posted here. 




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Booking a visit made easy? Repvisits.com review

By Robbie Jefferis
United World College South East Asia, Singapore

You can book an uber online, buy your groceries online, schedule your dentist appointment online….  So why not schedule your school visits online?   A new tool is attracting interest with busy college counselors and even busier admissions representatives, called www.repvisits.com   

Could this be the end of all the back and forth emails?  

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Members Submitted : Top Packing Tips


By Samantha Deleon
    The University of Illinois at Chicago

You’ve scheduled your visits, registered for fairs, confirmed your bookings for hotels and flights, and now it’stime to actually pack.

How do you pack for a 10-day trip to India or a 7-week trip around the world? It will be autumn in Japan, sticky in Singapore, dusty in Dubai, and raining in Europe.  I polled the OACAC Group on Facebook and the top things to include while packing include:

  1. Reliable Luggage (I just purchased my first lifetime warranty luggage with advice from some of my seasoned recruiter colleagues. Does Briggs & Riley sound familiar?)
  2. International Data Plan (Check to see that your phone is actually covered in the countries you visit. I came back to find out that 7 minutes using data to message a driver in Brunei can cost $300.)
  3. External Battery Charger
  4. Business Cards
  5. Visa
  6. Noise Cancelling Headphones
  7. Versatile Outfits and Comfortable Shoes (This can basically be a whole blog for me, but I’ll let the Capsule Wardrobe speak for itself below.)
  8. Cash (I use clear snack bags to separate my currencies.)
  9. Convertor/Travel Adapter
  10. Table Cover

Thanks for your participation, and I do have some other helpful tips:






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Welcome to Blogosphere - The OACAC Blog

 The OACAC blog will offer reflections on the international admissions and counselling profession in a thoughtful and approachable style. 

We will cover topics from both the high school side and the college side and all points in between.  In many cases something written from a university representative will be insightful for a counsellor to read, and the same goes for the other side of the desk. 

This will be a place to find new ideas about high school programs, perspectives on university recruitment, and humorous tales from the road.  We hope to invite guest posts from presenters at conferences, to share their popular sessions in a readable format.  And all are welcome to contact us about contributing an article.  There will be critical analysis and thoughtful rumination… and hopefully a healthy dose of humor.

 

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World of Apps - Five Top Travel Apps

By Aaron Andersen
University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Canada
 

Traveling, busy schedules, multiple projects, time zones, these are just a few things that the international educator copes with on a daily basis. Thanks to the ubiquitous smart phone there is often an app for that. 

World of Apps :  Apps Reviewed - for the International ACAC minded professional.  

Today we take a look at five travel apps that can make your life a little easier.

TRAVEL

  Hopper – iOS , Android (.free)



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