MAD-news for December: Grant Opportunity

Hi Guest,

Another year over

Blink and next year will be gone
So savor every moment

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or just the spirit of the season, we’re sending warm wishes and some MAD-love your way. 

Happy Holidays from all of us at MAD-learn! 

We wish you a restful and peaceful season and a Happy New Year 2024.  

Don’t forget to share our Holiday Grant with your friends and colleagues. It is a great grant opportunity for any teacher who has not yet used MAD-learn in their classroom.

– Alefiya Master

The MAD-learn team has been busy facilitating App Camps all over the Southeast these last few weeks. First, we stopped in Port Arthur, Texas to teach middle schoolers about mobile app development. They created apps on everything from an app to teach single dads the basics of child-rearing to art history dating back to the 1800s. Then, it was off to Jacksonville, Florida where 9th and 10th graders at KIPP Bold City HS created resume apps to showcase their accomplishments and skills and prepare for College and Career. If you’re interested in learning more about our fun and engaging app camps, contact

MAD-learn hosted its first-ever Student Showcase during #CSEdWeek. We were so excited by the incredible students who presented and the positive feedback from teachers, friends, family, and attendees, that we’ve decided to make it an annual event! Students from around the country and ranging in age from 5th grade to 11th grade proudly shared the apps they created with poise and maturity. It was a treat to hear directly from students about their experience with MAD-learn and mobile app development and how much they learned through the process. Said Jalexy A., who created the app Sport of Fame during a summer app camp “I learned how to code, how to make an app and had a fun time doing it.”

No better way to round up the Fall Semester and the year than with some great conferences and presentations! We had the privilege of presenting sessions with Sean Arnold, Michele Fitzsimmons, Matthew Joseph, and more at NYSCATE in Rochester, NY, and with Heather Singmaster and Digital Promise at ACTE Vision in Phoenix, AZ. Check out all the fun photos from these two conferences!

Avonworth Jr. High, just North of Pittsburgh, hosted its first annual “Genius Hour”, an event conceived by MAD-teacher Nicole Findon and others. Students created apps or websites based on careers they would be interested in pursuing. Several visitors came and listened to the students’ pitches, then voted on the best products. Students were also rated on the quality of presentation, understanding of the career they chose, and originality of approach. Ms. Findon had over 50 students participate in the event over the course of three days. MAD-learn’s own Gregg Stone was fortunate enough to attend one of the days. He noted that every student he spoke with enjoyed working with the intuitive and easy-to-use MAD-platform. One in particular said, “Our teacher showed us the general steps, and we were basically able to take it from there on our own!” The Genius Hour was a great success in helping Avonworth build community and give their students an authentic experience. As always, MAD-learn is proud to have helped make it happen!

We wanted to shout out MAD-teacher Leah Gaubert, a computer science teacher, who has rallied to get teachers at her middle school excited about mobile app development in their classrooms. She organized a whole staff PD and now, thanks to her, we have multiple teachers and students – in computer science and ELA classes – creating mobile apps at Betty Gray MS in Cobb County. Way to go, Leah! We love promoting computer science across the curriculum. 

…sharing this Holiday Grant with your colleagues and friends. Click here for the application. Eligible teachers have not used MAD-learn in their classrooms yet.