Virtual or In-Person: How to Plan for an Unknown 2021 College Orientation

Virtual or In-Person: How to Plan for an Unknown 2021 College Orientation

How do you plan for upcoming college orientation programs when there’s a lot of unknown? Similar to this current semester, college universities, specifically administrative staff, had to adapt to the obstacles around the pandemic and plan accordingly. Instead of planning a day of activities, a campus tour, or presentations for students and parents, there were a lot of restructuring in terms of how to transform an in-person orientation into an engaging virtual experience. As you plan for the 2021 school year, it’s essential to consider whether you’ll continue virtual methods or return to in-person campus orientation programs. But, why not…
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Campus Safety: Contact Tracing That Actually Works

Campus Safety: Contact Tracing That Actually Works

As many colleges and universities prepared to bring students back to campus this fall, most prepared detail return to campus plans that include strategies like testing, isolation housing, virtual learning opportunities, and contact tracing. When followed as planned by students, these plans were designed to minimize community spread of COVID-19 in the otherwise socially driven culture of campus. What many institutions have found, though, is that students returning to campus are sporadically following, or in some cases, blatantly disregarding these well-laid plans. That's led to more than a few headline-capturing outbreaks as the start of the academic year kicks off.…
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Top 10 Free Apps for College Students

Top 10 Free Apps for College Students

StudyBlue College students can save time, money, and paper (go green!) by creating decks of digital flashcards with StudyBlue. The app provides a familiar card flip movement while going through the deck, with added features that can help students track progress, discover which information they are struggling to retain, and the ability to share decks of cards with classmates. Evernote Evernote is the best way for college students to keep their notes organized and up to date. Users can create individual digital notebooks for every course, mark tabs, add photos, set reminders and more. To add the cherry on top,…
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Top Apps to Check Daily, As Told By the Raftr Team

Top Apps to Check Daily, As Told By the Raftr Team

Whether for fun or for functionality, most of use some of the apps on our devices on a daily basis. Some apps help you get work done, while others provide a lovely brain break from that work. Whatever their purpose, we asked members of the Raftr team to share their favorite apps to check daily. Here’s what they said: NYTimes Crossword I like doing the mini crossword, it's a nice quick way to engage my brain doing something different. Pulse Messaging Excellent 3rd party messaging client for Android, has great good widget support and good "Quick Share" functionality for sharing…
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5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Campus Life

5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Campus Life

College students are digital natives that live and breathe technology. According to IBM, over 65% of Generation Z claims to frequently use more than one device at a time. With hectic schedules, demanding classes, part-time jobs, and ever-evolving technology, today’s students are constantly looking for ways to connect with others and manage their lives. Here are five tips for using technology to connect students to your campus life. Introduce them to your campus - before they arrive Every university across the world has a unique campus life and culture, and every potential student is looking for something different from their…
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