4 Ways to Boost Service Learning in Schools

By: Wayne D’Orio
12/08/2018 on Getting Smart

…Howlett remembers how students would dispute hours and her secretary would constantly be chasing down slips of paper from forgetful teenagers. Now, she and Loew both use x2VOL, an online platform to not only mark service hours but also collect reflections. Students can pull their service transcripts and records from the site and submit the information for college applications, Howlett says…Read full article here.

By |2018-12-13T19:58:07+00:00December 9th, 2018|Client Articles, intellivol, x2vol|

Service-Learning Develops Character in Students

By Michele Pitman
08/15/2016 on The Edvocate

Educating the whole child and developing character goes beyond the core subjects being taught each day. Many school districts recognize this and have instituted programs encouraging or requiring students to give time in service to their community and peers. Read more here.

By |2016-08-17T18:48:45+00:00August 17th, 2016|Client Articles, intellivol|

Article: Using Software for Making Student Service Manageable

An effective service-learning program can help students learn important Christian values. But service-learning programs often have many aspects to manage, making them challenging to oversee.

Read the article in Christian School Products magazine.

x2VOL Case Study Released: Student Community Service Educates the Heart at Dunham School

BATON ROUGE, La. — December 12, 2014 —Dunham School is teaching a lot more than the core curriculum to their students. Dunham School students give a minimum of 100 hours in community service before they graduate which enriches the students’ lives and helps others in need. Dunham’s service program and how they manage it with x2VOL from intelliVOL is chronicled in a newly released case study available now. Click to Tweet.

x2VOL, by intelliVOL, Picked as Top 100 Education Product for Third Year

DALLAS — December 4, 2014 District Administration editors have again picked x2VOL as a Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product for 2014. Each December, the magazine highlights the top products enhancing learning in districts nationwide. x2VOL from intelliVOL was nominated by schools which use the product to make community service programs for service learning or student service easier to manage. Click to Tweet.

Read full release here DA_top100_2014v2

By |2017-09-29T20:57:41+00:00December 4th, 2014|award, intellivol, intelliVOL press releases, Press Releases, x2vol|

x2VOL, by intelliVOL, Added to Pearson School Systems List of Partners

x2VOL Simplifies Management and Reporting of High School Community Service Programs

DALLAS — October 29, 2014 — Pearson School Systems has added x2VOL by intelliVOL to its list of Independent Service Vendors. x2VOL solves the problem schools have in managing the community service and volunteer hours their high school students give to nonprofits. x2VOL simplifies management, verification and reporting for student service programs, making hours submission and verification a turn-key process. Administrators and students can also easily generate reports as needed for scholarship and college applications. Click to Tweet.

Read more on Businesswire.

New Partnership Between intelliVOL and AdmitHub Gives Students Better Odds at College Acceptance

DALLAS — September 9, 2014 A new partnership between x2VOL by intelliVOL and AdmitHubwill give students a better chance to get accepted by the college or university of their choice. x2VOL manages and tracks the hours students give to community service, which is critical for college acceptance. AdmitHub offers expert advice on the admissions process to college applicants.

Read full release on PRWeb
By |2015-03-20T05:08:18+00:00September 9th, 2014|intellivol, intelliVOL press releases, Press Releases|

eSchoolNews Readers’ Choice Awards

Congratulations to my clients for the Readers’ Choice Awards 2014! Fifty education products selected by teachers/administrators for their effectiveness.

…“Schoology has a great, easy to use interface that students and faculty really love,” said John Case, technology coordinator for Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. “Academic content standards are included, and a new analytics tool
[helps] teachers in identifying students who are struggling.”

…The website is “an awesome way to connect your classes with an expert or even other classes around the country that are studying the same units,” said LeAnn Waldie, instructional technologist for the Godley Independent School District in Texas.

x2VOL by intelliVOL (Honorable Mention)

Read the full article here

By |2017-09-29T20:57:41+00:00August 18th, 2014|award, intellivol, Nepris, x2vol|
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NCEA Hosts Webinar on Student Service May 22

The Positive Impact of Service on College Applications: Digital Record Keeping 
Date: May 22, 2014 (live webinar) at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. ET
Who: Educators, teachers, counselors, and administrators in private and public schools
Cost: Free to NCEA members and non-members

“This will be a great way to learn how to efficiently manage student service hours in public and private schools,” said Michele Pitman, CEO of intelliVOL, which developed the x2VOL tracking and reporting system.

By |2015-02-25T23:04:07+00:00May 19th, 2014|intellivol, webinar, x2vol|

Education Week article on SXSW –Ed Businesses Seek to Learn What Educators Really Want

See the full article by Michele Molnar about SXSWedu popularity after only 4 years.

Most ed-tech companies attending the South by Southwest education conference last week would probably love to grow at the rate the conference itself has experienced: 650 percent since it began four years ago. “It’s a reflection of the community’s hunger for these kinds of conversations,” said Ron Reed, SXSWedu’s executive producer, explaining why more than 6,000 participants were converging for the four-day conference and festival.

By |2015-02-25T23:09:46+00:00March 28th, 2014|commentary, intellivol|

By |2015-02-25T23:13:42+00:00March 18th, 2014|award, Client Articles, intellivol, x2vol|

J Harrison Public Relations Picked Among Best PR Firms in EdTech

EdTechDigest announced finalists in their awards program. J Harrison Public Relations Group has been picked as a finalist for the Best PR Firm in edtech! It is nice bit of recognition for nearly 25 years of work in this market.

Adding to the honor is having three clients picked as finalists for the Cool Tools award as well:

  1. Schoology as best Learning Management System
  2. x2VOL by intelliVOL as best Reporting System
  3. SpringBoard from The College Board as best Digital Textbook

 See all the finalists and categories here.

By |2017-09-29T20:57:42+00:00March 13th, 2014|award, Client Articles, commentary, intellivol|

Free 60-day Trial of x2VOL Community Service System for Schools

DALLAS – October 21, 2013 – intelliVOL, creators of x2VOL, is offering schools a free 60-day trial of its award-winning x2VOL community service tracking and reporting platform. The free trial is available until the end of this year, which spans the time when students are most likely to volunteer.

Read more

By |2015-02-25T23:04:06+00:00October 25th, 2013|community service, education, free, high school, intellivol, product, service learning, x2vol|

Michele Pitman’s response to excellent Education Week article on Compassion

Hurrah! I applaud you and your insight, Carol.

My mission as the CEO of is community service. Through community service, I see students discover something about themselves, that they are capable of giving and showing compassion to another individual through service programs run at their high school. We learn by doing. Young adults (and young children) who help others–and see the effect of their service–learn something we cannot teach through books or videos. These are lessons in compassion that positively affect someone for a lifetime.

I hope more schools will give students the opportunity “to have time to care” by building robust community service programs. Community service shouldn’t be relegated to the fringe, a voluntary club poorly attended. It should be a school’s mission, encouraged by administrators, modeled by students who pass the torch to each generation of students who enter their school.
–Michele Pitman, CEO of intelliVOL

What Really Matters in Education: Compassion

By Carol Lach, August 14, 2013, Education Week
An excerpt of Ms. Lach’s article:
We need to remember that education is not a one-size-fits-all product. While standards and expectations are important, we need to remember that not all students will be successful with four years of high school math. If I had been required to achieve similar athletic standards in physical education for four years in high school, I never would have graduated. If I hadn’t had teachers who dealt with the bullies and a sister who listened and understood me, I don’t know where I’d be today.
As you continue your work, please don’t lose sight of the students. Look for ways to help streamline policies and regulations so school staff members have time to encourage their students’ talents, and find ways to provide those students support, to be mentors, and to have the time to care.

Read the full article and comments at Education Week

By |2015-02-25T23:09:28+00:00August 22nd, 2013|intellivol|

Going to College? Survey Conducted by x2VOL Says Service is Important

DALLAS – August 7, 2013 – College-bound high school students take note: 99% of K-12 school and district leaders believe community service and service learning history positively influence college acceptance according to a survey completed by intelliVOL, publishers of x2VOL.

In a survey of 73 district and school administrative staff attending the Naviance Summer Institute, 99 percent agreed or strongly agreed that service history positively impacts college acceptance. Additionally, 80 percent of the 30 college admissions officers surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that volunteer and community service in high school positively impacted college acceptance.

Read more here

Additional survey presentation here

By |2016-05-06T17:41:26+00:00August 7th, 2013|intellivol, intelliVOL press releases, Press Releases, x2vol|