Who Is AFIT Learning?
Seeing first-hand the effects of minimal school resources on children in need of learning support, AFIT Learning founders, Jared Froese and Heather Boone, developed the Academic Frustration Intervention Tool - AFIT. This accessible, easy-to-use evaluation tool takes into account the critical role played by frustration and utilizes teachers' knowledge and experience to identify underlying academic challenges that can be key indicators of lagging skills and even learning disorders.
The App in Action
Poeta Digital’s start-up expertise and experience has delivered a go-to, in-class evaluation application designed for teachers needing to better support students who are experiencing gaps in their learning.
When AFIT Learning founders, Jared Froese and Heather Boone, approached Poeta, they had personal and professional insights into the problem faced by teachers needing to quickly and accurately evaluate students’ literacy and numeracy skills. They wanted a digital tool that fell somewhere between a formal assessment and no assessment whatsoever, and they sought Poeta's expertise to create an application that teachers would find easy to use and would trust to generate immediate and actionable results.
Poeta Digital leveraged its in-house digital, business, and design experts to identify the most important functionality for the application and rapidly prototype it. Subsequent evaluation led us to refine the prototype towards an acceptable set of application features that could meet teachers’ ongoing needs. Focus group testing in a real-world classroom setting allowed us to then scale up the functionality and formalize the application into a minimal viable product (MVP) built within an AWS environment and using CloudFormation templates and deployment automation for future scalability.
Teachers who have signed up for the application like its functionality and the ease with which they can use it in their classrooms. Teachers continue to provide AFIT and Poeta Digital with guidance on new feature functionality and feature enhancement, which is exactly what you want as a start-up—engaged users providing insight into where they’re finding value and guidance on how they would like to see the application function and evolve.
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