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  1. page computers edited ... You can buy good TV, DVD players etc here. Expect prices to be higher than in the USA. Comput…
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    You can buy good TV, DVD players etc here. Expect prices to be higher than in the USA.
    Computers
    Advice: buy an external hard drive for backing up your personal and important files. This is also handy for moving big files back and forth from school. I recommend 500G and larger for hard drives. Make sure it will work on a Mac OSX. USB 2.0 We do provide server space for back ups but an external hard drive is more convenient.
    Having a big flash drive (thumb drive, USB drive) is also a good way to move big files.

    Full-time teachers will be issued with a new (or near-new) Mac laptop when they first arrive. Some faculty bring computer systems with then for home use. The ACST Tech Dept does not support your home computer repair needs. We can usually find a person who will come help you, but you will have to pay them. We will step in in extreme cases only.
    We've standardized on Macs (mostly OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion) with Office 2011 and Adobe CS5 Design Studio. Transferring Office files between Mac and PC is usually not an issue. We are increasingly making use of Google Apps to create, collaborate and share documents.
    The school has various carts and labs that teachers can use with classes.
    Bring an external hard drive (or two) for backing up your personal and important files. This is also handy for moving big files back and forth from school. Make sure it will work on a Mac OSX. We do provide server space for back ups but an external hard drive is often more convenient.
    Having a big flash drive (thumb drive, USB drive) is also a good way to move big files.
    Your school email account gives you 25GB of online storage.

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    Internet at Home, School and Mobile
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    ACST is 95% Apple.
    We have roughly 400 machines.
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    email service. Your school GMail account also gives you 25GB of online storage.
    Your address will be first initial + last name at acst dot net, example: jsmith@acst.net
    All teachers get an email account at ACST. The account can be used for professional and personal purposes.
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  2. page computers edited General Electronics ... than in US of A. USA. Things operate on 220 volts here. Make sure al…
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    than in US of A.USA.
    Things operate on 220 volts here. Make sure all your devices are capable of operating on 220volts. If they are not, buy a transformer. Best to get your transformers in USA. They can be found in Tunis but it takes some hunting.
    Adapters are available in Tunis to make an American plug into a French plug.
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    Advice: buy an external hard drive for backing up your personal and important files. This is also handy for moving big files back and forth from school. I recommend 500G and larger for hard drives. Make sure it will work on a Mac OSX. USB 2.0 We do provide server space for back ups but an external hard drive is more convenient.
    Having a big flash drive (thumb drive, USB drive) is also a good way to move big files.
    Most of youFull-time teachers will havebe issued with a school laptop,new (or near-new) Mac laptop when they first arrive. Some faculty bring computer systems with then for home use. The ACST Tech Dept does not support your home computer repair needs. We can usually find a person who will come help you, but I still recommend that you will have your own computer and printer at home. Most people prefer to not haul their machine back and forth each day.pay them. We do NOT provide software or support for your personal computer.will step in in extreme cases only.
    We've standardized on Macs (mostly OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion) with Office 2011.2011 and Adobe CS5 Design Studio. Transferring Office
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    an issue. We are increasingly making use of Google Apps to create, collaborate and share documents.
    The school has various carts and labs that teachers can use with classes.
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    School and ?Mobile
    The school
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    houses hooked up with Internet
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    Cross your fingers. Thefingers - the process can
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    time consuming.
    We do NOT support your

    Quality of
    home computer repair needs. We can usually find a person who will come help you, but you will have to pay them. We will stepInternet connectivity varies considerably between locations here in Tunis. Houses in extreme cases only.
    It is not unusual for rain or storms
    older areas (eg. Carthage) tend to cause yourexperience a greater number of Internet to go out here in Tunis.connection problems.
    A G3 network is available in Tunis. It allows Internet access via a USB key and cost 100TND for the key and 30TND per month (these prices change based on deals that happen). It is not as fast as home ADSL, but it works right away and is fine for email, Web surfing and Skype.
    Our wireless at school is currently closed to outside devices (except in Libraries). That means that we do not allow non-school devices on our network. Although we do have plans to change that, I cannot guarantee that will be done before you arrive. We DO have an open public wireless access point in the library, so you can get Internet on a personal device there.
    The
    The school has a new40mbs fiber line
    If you don't use it already, download Skype so you can make cheap or free calls to friends and family.
    Open wireless at cafes is still pretty rare
    Many high -endSome high-end hotels have
    TV
    There are not a ton of English channel options, but some satellite services do have several English language stations. Tarek in the Business Department can help line up a technician for you. Be aware that service quality - i.e. whether or not things actually work consistently - can be variable.
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    Misc Gadgets
    Cool new nifty gadgets are rare and very expensive here.
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    a digital camera-camera - great photos
    You should plan on being low-key with things like iPhones and iPads. They are not so common here and highly desirable.
    Software and DVDs
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    Lots of software for PC little for Mac. At school, we adhere to US copyright laws.
    You can get more and more online, so you should be OK here.
    General School Campus IT Facts:
    ACST is 95% Apple Computers.Apple.
    We have roughly 400 machines.
    We use GMail (called Falcon Mail) as our email service.
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    All teachers get an email account at ACST. The account can be used for professional and personal purposes.
    PowerSchool is our Student Information System.
    AboutThe campus has more than 90% of the campus is wireless.
    We do not allow
    wireless coverage. There are two wireless networks - one for ACST devices and a second for guest usage. Teacher and student personal computersdevices are freely permitted to connect to our network; however,the guest WiFi network.
    For IT support
    we have a "public internet" wireless connection in our upper school library. Guests can connect to the "public internet" with a password provided by the librarians.
    We
    have two
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    system engineer. We also have 3 assistants that provide support in our lab spaces and coordinating the laptop carts
    We have
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    Technology and two2 IT teachers (one in EL and one in US). We also have a technology coach making sure that we get training in innovative educational software.
    We added
    a Secondary School Tech Integrationist. An Elementary School Tech Integrationist position is being added in 2011.
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    2013.
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    There is
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    Integration Lab (22 iMacs), Media Lab (10 iMacs) and and 9a growing number (9 currently) of mobile computerlaptop carts (12 MacBooks) available for check out in every part of the school.booking.
    Most ES
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    have two student computersstudent-use iMacs with Internet
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    in them. Most ES classrooms also include a document camera.
    Libraries all
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    networked computers (20(8 in ES
    We use Destiny as our Library server software.
    ACST provides a system for teachers to create their own Web sites.
    Moodle is our virtual learning environment used by
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    SS teachers.
    New

    Apple stores in Tunis:
    There are a number of
    Apple storeretail stores in La Marsa:
    New CIB Showroom located in La Marsa.
    Tunis. Prices for computerstend to be more expensive than Europe (and therefore much more expensive than the US) and electronics can run almost double the price in the U.S because of import taxes. Plus, as a teacher, you are eligible for an educator's discount, which you can find out about at apple.com.
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    computer systems will have French/Arabic keyboards.
    Experiences with warranty/repair work have been less than inspiring!

    For more information please click on the following link ( the site is in French):
    http://www.cib.com.tn/
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Thursday, April 11

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Monday, February 11

  1. page culture edited ... Tipping is not a requirement but appreciated for good service in local establishments. Most pe…
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    Tipping is not a requirement but appreciated for good service in local establishments. Most people performing a useful service will wait to be tipped. Waiters in resort and hotel restaurants expect a tip of around 10%.
    Clothing
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    idea. (see Personal Security)
    Tunisian music
    Tunisian radio: Maosaîque FM
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  2. page Security edited ... When it comes to personal safety your best tool is Situational Awareness (SA). -Situational A…
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    When it comes to personal safety your best tool is Situational Awareness (SA).
    -Situational Awareness involves being aware of what is happening around you so that you can better assess your security posture. It entails both learning the local culture and paying close attention to your surroundings so that you can make quick and effective adjustments.
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    with others. Packs of wild dogs can also pose a threat to joggers, although in general they tend to be timid of people.
    Stay Informed
    We encourage you to stay informed with the security developments happening in and around Tunisia. If you would like up to date information and analysis on the security situation in Tunisia feel free to visit the Tunisia Security Update Blog at:
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  3. page Security edited ... When it comes to personal safety your best tool is Situational Awareness (SA). -Situational A…
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    When it comes to personal safety your best tool is Situational Awareness (SA).
    -Situational Awareness involves being aware of what is happening around you so that you can better assess your security posture. It entails both learning the local culture and paying close attention to your surroundings so that you can make quick and effective adjustments.
    * ThereThere have been
    Stay Informed
    We encourage you to stay informed with the security developments happening in and around Tunisia. If you would like up to date information and analysis on the security situation in Tunisia feel free to visit the Tunisia Security Update Blog at:
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  4. page culture edited ... Tipping is not a requirement but appreciated for good service in local establishments. Most pe…
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    Tipping is not a requirement but appreciated for good service in local establishments. Most people performing a useful service will wait to be tipped. Waiters in resort and hotel restaurants expect a tip of around 10%.
    Clothing
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    good idea. Many teachers have reported having rocks thrown at them during a run or a walk by young men who chastise western-style athletic attire or unaccompanied female runners. Times are changing in Tunisia; best to be prepared and don't run alone. (see Security)
    Tunisian music
    Tunisian radio: Maosaîque FM
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