MAD-news for March: Women’s Day Spotlight

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Our Birthday Giveaway continues all year so make sure you enter now, if you haven’t already! Last month’s winners were Nani Wells, Ariel Quirck, LaWanda Sanford, and Patrick Gilhooley!

Alefiya Master

Founder & CEO


What’s hAPPening

What Did YOU Do to Celebrate International Women’s Day?

There were countless ways that this special day was recognized around the globe. In Ghana, a national forum was held to give authentic voices to a panel discussion called “Choose to Challenge the Status-quo of Women”. Headlining the event was our own Project Manager & Marketing Coordinator, Doreen Frempong-Baah!

The event was sponsored by iSpace, an organization which is described as “a space where you can meet, learn from one another, share knowledge, gain business training and develop social impacting applications.” The group includes nearly 8,000 regular followers. This particular event was established to celebrate women in leadership who are shaping an equal future. We are so proud Doreen shared her MAD-learn journey with this group!

MAD-learn Introduces “Appreneurship 101”

Secondary CTE teachers will be interested in the latest addition to the curriculum resources found on the MAD-learn dashboard. “Appreneurship 101” includes a series of mini projects designed to help students recognize exemplary business apps and use their understanding to build better apps for their own businesses. Apps can be created as a product that can be monetized, or as a tool to help a business connect within the company and with its customers.

The activities are highly engaging, and they allow students to develop a variety of vital and transferable skills on their own. The module culminates in sessions that help students become better prepared for making “pitches”, whether in person or virtually. Check out the materials in the Secondary Curriculum section!


APPy Hour: Engagement for Your Community

We have been hosting fun networking APPy Hours this year to take some time to meet new people, share new ideas, and stay inspired in our work to serve students. Last week’s APPy Hour was a great success with educators from NY, PA, GA, WA, IL, LA and Ghana! If you would like for us to engage members of your community in a fun, interactive, 1-hour event, contact us today.



MAD-teacher of the Month

Amy Crandall is the School Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialist at Marietta (GA) Center for Advanced Academics. Amy has been honored as a Teacher of the Year for Marietta City Schools. In her accolade, presenters noted, “She believes lessons should emphasize all learning styles – kinesthetic, auditory, visual, and tactile – and tailors her lessons to meet the individual needs of her students.” What they did not mention was her ability to implement programs like MAD-learn in short order and get her students fully invested from the get go.

Two years ago, she developed a coding unit plan and incorporated the fifth grade social studies standards on the turn of the century European emigration to the United States via Ellis Island. The purpose of this unit is for students to learn coding while giving them an opportunity to demonstrate what they learned about the immigrants’ experiences.

Since she began using MAD-learn last month, her 307 students have already created well over 300 apps and logged in nearly 1,400 sessions! The production in all areas has been off the charts, looking more like what is usually seen over a period of several months, not just weeks. It is clear that her enthusiasm and high level of organization have been the driving force, and we salute her—and her students’—efforts!

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:

  • United Activities Unlimited (NY)
  • Pinellas County STEM Academies (FL)
  • Enochs High School (CA)
  • Marin Country Day School (CA)
  • University of South Florida (FL)
  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Osceola Middle School (FL)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ)

Don’t leave without…

… letting us know if we can help support your students with a Virtual or In-Person Summer App Camp this summer! Schedules are filling up fast so book a time now to plan for the summer.

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