Frequently asked questions
Does ImBlaze track my location?
ImBlaze does not track your location. When you are using the mobile app, ImBlaze pulls the gps information from your phone at the moment you check in and the moment you check out. At no other time does ImBlaze utilize tracking information. The same goes for the web app. (That pulls your IP location.) Note that any user can disable locations services for any app on their device. ImBlaze will still work, but will not report your location when you check in and check out.
Is there a mobile app?
What if I do not see an opportunity that I am interested in?
We think that you should pursue internships at places that interest you! If you do not see an internship in your school's database that is interesting to you, you can always suggest an opportunity. In the search results on Android, iOS and Web, there is a "Suggest Opportunity" button. You can search Google, talk to your friends about your interests, talk to your parents, neighbors, etc to try to find a mentor that you would be interested in interning with. Then click the Suggest Opportunity button to add that mentor. Your Internship Coordinator may approve the suggestion.
Can my advisor/teacher see where I am and when I am at my internship?
ImBlaze only uses the location services on your device the moment you choose to check in or check out.
Does the mentor see when I check in and check out?
When you check in, the mentor see's your goals for the day. They DO NOT see the bottom fields ("Anything else you want to share?")
I don't have a smart phone, can I still use ImBlaze?
Yup. You can do everthing on ImBlaze from any internet enabled computer or tablet. Just find the web browser and go to app.imblaze.org.
I already have an internship, how does it get into ImBlaze?
Best thing to do is talk to your Internship Coordinator. They can add your internship into ImBlaze. Then you can search for it in ImBlaze and request to pursue.
How do internship opportunities get into ImBlaze?
ImBlaze Internship Coordinators upload and manage the opportunities in ImBlaze. Students can suggest new opportunities that Internship Coordinators can review and approve or deny.
Who has access to ImBlaze?
Students can log in with either the website at app.imblaze.org or by searching the iOS or Android app store.
How is student information kept private and safe?
ImBlaze is built upon Salesforce - an industry standard platform for hosting data trusted by fortune 500 companies, high education and health care sectors. Salesforce utilizes a minimum of 128 bit rest encryption and browsers must be a minimum of TLS 1.1 compliant.
What information do you gather about students?
ImBlaze does not collect or record any information about student grades.
Will ImBlaze support my students going on opportunities other than internships (service days, shadow days, etc.)?
Schools have adapted ImBlaze to track shadow days, on-site internships, even attendance at community college classes.
How long does implementation take?
This typically depends a good deal on if your school has an existing dataset of potential internships or not and the level of support you need in redesigning your school to support internships. Below is a general timeline.
How do we get from student interest to an actual internship?
Building trust with students is important. Also, encouraging students to suggest sites is another way to gain insight on their interests. Note that students have compelling networks of professionals around them, so the key is to help them understand how to tap into that network. Lastly, ImBlaze enables teachers and internship coordinators to see what opportunities students add to their wishlist. Providing further insight into student interest.
How much does it cost?
Talk to us. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a demo and find out the pricing structure that is best for your school.
I know it would be great to get kids connected to mentors in the real world, but how do we even get started building an internship program?
Ahh, this is a really important question. Big Picture Learning has been helping schools develop student-centered internship programs for almost 25 year. Reach out and we can connect you with the coaching resources you need. You can also visit Big Picture Learning here.
In what ways can you support our school in ensuring that our internship program is successful?
Two compelling resources can help:
What is Big Picture Learning?
What is Learning Big Picture?
What roles do we need at our school to run an internship program?
There are two key roles that will help with a successful internship program:
We have multiple schools in our district that are starting an internship program. How does that work?
How do I reset a student password?
This 2:32 video shows you how to reset a student password AND how to temporarily change a student email address to create a predefined password for a student that has a particularly difficult time.
Does ImBlaze track my student?
ImBlaze does not track your student's location. When students are using the mobile app, ImBlaze pulls the gps information from their phone at the moment they check in and the moment they check out. At no other time does ImBlaze utilize tracking information. The same goes for the web app. (That pulls the IP location.) Note that any user can disable locations services for any app on their device. ImBlaze will still work, but will not report your location when you check in and check out.
Can I log in to see my student's activity?
You can talk with your student about accessing their login information. At this time, there is not a parent portal.
Who has access to ImBlaze?
- Your student can log in on any computer, or on the iOS and Android apps.
Teacher or Advisor can log in to ImBlaze on a computer to assist your student in searching for internships and monitor attendance.
The school's Internship Coordinator approves students to pursue internships and maintains the overall site for the school.
Mentors receive an email every day your student leaves their internship to confirm the attendance for the day.
What information do you gather about students?
ImBlaze utilized the student's name and email address to create a login. ImBlaze enables and logs what internships students are searching for, and where they may go for an internship. ImBlaze tracks the daily and internship goals and accomplishments.
I really want my school to start an internship program so my kid can get out in the real world. How do I get started?
Give us a call. ImBlaze is a product of Big Picture Learning, which has 24 years of experience helping schools build interest-driven internship programs as a way to support real-world learning and the building of student professional networks.
What is ImBlaze?
Students can Request to Pursue internships that they are interested in. These requests go to the school's internship coordinator to approve or deny.
Students can - with the help of teachers and school staff - try to land an internship after they have been approved to pursue. ImBlaze does not automatically pair a student with a mentor.
Once an internship has been started, students can log attendance at their internship. The attendance functionality in ImBlaze takes a snapshot of the student location when they check in and out of their internship. Note that ImBlaze does not track student location, it only takes a snapshot of the student location when the student checks in or out of their internship. (Students can disable location services on their mobile device, but this will prevent the school from determining if the student was at their internship when they check in/out) records the date and time of the check in and out emails the mentor (if a mentor email address is provided) at the end of the day to confirm the student's attendance.