MAD-news for August: Join this Back to School APPstravaganza

Hi Guest,

It’s August, which means we’re all either back in school or about to be in the next few weeks! This is always such an exciting time – setting things up for a successful year ahead and welcoming those new faces into our classrooms. We are so excited about this year, for a lot of reasons, but the first of which is our very first Back to School APPstravaganza! Register now for one or more 30min action-packed sessions on August 31st! We hope to see you for this FREE event featuring a teacher panel, student interns sharing their experiences, and a special appearance from the Congressional App Challenge. 

Alefiya Master
Founder & CEO

What’s hAPPening

Guardians of Heritage: Elder in Ghana

We are so used to working remotely, both with other team members and teachers, that we relish the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. Project Manager/Marketing Coordinator Doreen Frempong-Baah had one such opportunity when she was visited in her hometown of Accra, Ghana by Nana Anoa, an elder in the Guardians of Heritage Project (see the July edition of MAD-news). “It was a beautiful meeting full of laughter and great conversations. I went to see her with my husband, my son, and my brother.” Doreen added, “We all felt like we had known Nana for years. It certainly did not feel like our first meeting. My son warmed up to her so quickly (which rarely happens when he meets someone for the first time!) We also found out that Nana’s hotel is a two-minute walk from my husband’s office! It was really nice catching up and talking about her experience in Ghana.” So great to make such awesome connections, IRL!

Join Heather at GaETC!

Longtime MAD-learn user and certified MAD-expert in DeKalb County Public Schools, Heather Miller, will be presenting at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference #GaETC22! Her session, “No More Posters! No More Papers! Making Mobile Apps Across the Curriculum”, will focus on her experience in leveraging mobile apps as a vital element in helping her students better understand not just computer science mastery, but a variety of curricular elements, as well. Congratulations on your session getting accepted, Heather, and thanks for sharing the MAD-learn love at this phenomenal conference! Make sure you register to join us there – 

Grants for GA Teachers

The Georgia Educational Technology Consortium (GaETC) offers technology innovation grants to teachers in Georgia. Funding is given to “innovative technology projects that enhance the teaching and learning to improve student outcomes.” The opportunity to apply for a Technology Innovation Grant is open to elementary, middle, and high school teachers, media specialists, counselors, or any combination of persons within a school setting in Georgia. Five Innovation Grants of $3,000 each will be awarded to support technology-based projects in Georgia. The deadline to apply is September 16. Apply here.


Minouche Turenne had been saving up for quite a while, and she cashed in big time this past school year! This Woodlands Middle School teacher (from The School District of Palm Beach County) attended multiple training sessions over the years, but circumstances always seemed to prevent her from implementing MAD-learn…until this past April and May. Minouche teaches Coding to 7th Graders and Information Technology to 6th Graders. She loves to learn new things that “will allow me to teach my students different ways to excel beyond what they can imagine. Coding is my passion which led me to MAD-learn.”

Her students’ production exploded this year:

  • 36 Students created 78 apps in over more than1200 sessions,
  • 50 of the apps created included at least 25 screens, and
  • Most apps were made about the School, with one of them (WMS) getting published on MAD-store!

She adds, “MAD-learn has allowed my students to work independently and create an app about something that they are passionate about. It’s a great program, and I will highly recommend it to other teachers as well.” We are proud of the leadership Ms. Turenne leant to her students’ work, and we look forward to seeing what the new school year brings!

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:

  • Honokaʻa High and Intermediate School (HI)
  • Oceanside Schools (NY)
  • South Ocean MS (NY)
  • Dorchester Career and Technology Center (MD)
  • Kickapoo Area Schools – CESA3 (WI)

Don’t leave without…

…welcoming our newest addition to the MAD-learn family! Jitendra Kumar (center, in the picture below, along with Anshu and Lokendra on our team) is our new Frontend/UI Developer and is already busy working on the brand new MAD-learn, coming out soon! Jitu, as he is fondly known, is a commerce graduate with 10 years of experience in web design (working on HTML, CSS, Javascript, React JS, Angular, Mockup design and App design in Adobe XD and Photoshop). While it’s a challenge to get him to talk about anything other than work because he loves it so much, he does enjoy reading newspapers, watching movies, and traveling to new places.

Jitu said of his new role, “There are lots of learning opportunities in MAD-learn, and I really want to work within a global team environment.” We are thrilled to have him join us! WELCOME TO THE TEAM JITU! We are excited to have you and look forward to helping our teachers and students be more successful with the tools that you and the whole Product Development Team continue to create for them.

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