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MAD-news for January: MAD-learn turns 10!

Hi Guest,

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024!!

What better way to kick off a new year than by celebrating our birthday? 

Did we mention we turned 10 this year? 

We hope you have a wonderful new year, filled with all the things you want to make happen for yourself and your students. We are so excited to have another year to spend with you and we can’t wait to continue to share the magic!

– Alefiya Master

We’re kicking off the new year with an extra special milestone.  MAD-learn is celebrating 10 years of mobile app development.  In the last decade, we’ve reached thousands of students across the world, helping them become APPreneurs and honing their computer science and critical thinking skills.  Here’s a look at MAD-learn over the years:

In honor of our birthday, we thought it would be fun to share a more personal side to MAD-learn. These are the men and women (and our supportive family members) making MAD-learn magic on a daily basis. We come to you from all over the world, including India, Ghana, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Florida, and couldn’t be happier to celebrate our accomplishments with you!

We’ve launched a few new features.  We’ve updated our Review Guidelines in the TEST module to make them more streamlined and user-friendly.  We’ve also added a new template!  Now, users can upload PDFs to their app.  Be sure to check out these changes on our platform.

Any Georgia teachers interested in participating in this fun and engaging contest, note that the deadline to register student teams is quickly approaching.  Teachers must register student app development teams by Feb. 2, 2024. The theme for the CS4GA app and design challenge for this school year will be Smart Communities and Sustainability. Students are to develop a mobile application that will help make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Check out more details here.

MAD-learn traveled to Memphis to work with a phenomenal group of teachers. We were thrilled to celebrate our official 10-year birthday with the CTE teachers and Tech Xperts in the Memphis-Shelby School District as they learned how to use MAD-learn in their STEM and technology classes.  Teachers learned how to code using A.I. and came up with phenomenal ways to incorporate mobile app development into their classes.  Some examples include creating apps for career exploration, solving a problem in the community using design thinking, apps to help with test prep, and even apps to help build literacy skills.

Mara Karfinkel has been using MAD-learn for the past two years with her WINGS students at Camp Avenue Elementary School in New York to create informational apps.  One thing we love about her is her growth mindset, persistence, and the fact that she doesn’t give up when the going gets tough!  Mara embodies one of the things we love most in our MAD-teachers and that is her willingness to reach out when she needs help, ask questions, keep trying, and supporting her 4th graders to create consistently excellent mobile apps.

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..joining us on Thursday, January 25 at 230pm at FETC for this session focussed on the educator turned entrepreneur journey! We hope to see you there if you will be in Orlando later this month.