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With the recent support from the Maine Technology Institute, we’ve been busy designing and developing our new software. If you’re interested in a behind the scenes look at our development process you’ve come to the right place!

Deep Knowledge Is Key! No matter what business you’re starting, truly understanding your customer’s problem is a must. Luckily for us I’ve had the opportunity to work with AMAZING teachers in multiple classrooms and schools in Portland Public Schools for the past 5 years. And, I’ve learned a lot!

How Do We Increase More Real-World Learning? At the heart of our mission is supporting school communities and teachers who want to build their curriculum around real-world learning. But, locating, verifying, connecting, and scheduling interested community members is a HUGE time commitment.

So, we’ve developed our Volunteer Search page for teachers (seen below) where they can keyword search by Name, Company, Role, and Expertise, as well as filter by volunteer interest. We think it’s a game-changer!

Volunteer search

Many of these schools are organizing real-world learning events that involve multiple volunteers, over multiple times, and even multiple days – just thinking about it is a lot of work! Well, we’ve created our volunteer request tickets (seen below) to make organizing these events so much easier!

School teachers and outreach staff can work together; sending direct volunteer requests, and we gave them the ability to post on social media sites. Interested volunteers can sign up and be verified (national criminal background check) by our partner org, J.D. Palentine at an affordable cost. This saves time all around which allows schools to do more of this important work!

Volunteer search

We’re excited to begin rolling this out shortly and for YOU to be part of our network of community members to help better connect schools with the real-world!