As we navigate these tumultuous back-to-school times, we hope you and your families can stay safe and healthy. We know this is not easy, but please believe in our collective power to do what is right for our staff and students, and don’t forget to use your voice to share your concerns or help find solutions. We can’t do this alone. We all have a large responsibility to keep ourselves and our communities safe.
We wish you the best, always!
On the Road Again!
MAD-teacher of the Month
Although Blanca Hindle is new to MAD-learn, she has already made quite an impression. This Project Director and Curriculum Support Specialist at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL has that infectious type of enthusiasm. A 17-year education veteran, Blanca at one time was an entrepreneur, herself, having owned a virtual book and home goods store. Perhaps that helps explain why she and our own CEO hit it off so well!
Blanca entered the classroom and after some years earned a Master’s degree, and ultimately realized her current position. In this role, she strives to “build the capacity of fellow educators and serve all stakeholders of the school community.” We can attest to her commitment and are excited to be working with her and her colleagues through the STREAMing in Action program designed to help high-needs students get exposed to not just STEM, but Reading and Arts as well.
MAD-family Continues to Grow
We want to thank schools that have either renewed their partnerships with MAD-learn or are just joining our MAD-family. We are so happy to know we will be continuing our work to help students at:
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools Schools (FL)
- Lake Local School District (OH)
- Lakeview Elementary (FL)
- Oceanside Schools (NY)
August Featured Tutorial
Here is a great tutorial to check out in both slide deck and video versions. It’s about using the Mind Map builder found within the MAD-learn Platform. These organizational tools do much to help students visualize how their apps will look and how the content within them needs to be organized.
We have seen the difference it makes to include this step in the Design Thinking Process so please encourage your students to spend time building these!
Don’t leave without…
… checking out these great voices from the nation’s 4th largest school district: Miami-Dade County Public Schools and their feedback on the value of integrating technology creation, not just consumption, into their classrooms!