Tom K. discovered a great new Web 2.0 service the other day and I think it would be a terrific addition to the toolset for advisors and their student leaders.
In short, it allows you to set up one number that rings on many phones (cell or office) simultaneously. Each user can pick it up or ignore it. If all ignore it, the call goes to voicemail which gets e-mailed where ever you want. There are lots of other cool features, bells and whistles which you might find creative uses for.
Great way to make everyone accessible.
Best of all (ready for this?) it’s free! Ahhh the internet.
I see student groups skipping office hours all the time. Especially in that critical logistics moment right before events, where everyone is at the event and no one is in the actual office to answer that critical question . . .
This would solve it.
Check it out, it’s called Grand Central:
(It took Tom about 10 minutes to set up Swift Kick.)