MAD-news for May: App development in five lessons!

Hi Guest,

You’re in the home stretch! While testing wraps up and graduation celebrations abound, we want you to know how much we love visiting your building, getting a sense of your team, your students, and the amazing work they do, and getting to meet face to face and plan out some more magic together. Our recent trip to Chicago took us to Crane Medical Prep HS, Michele Clark Magnet HS, Wadsworth STEM ES, Deerfield 109, and True North Educational Collaborative (with our partners at Teq). We LOVED meeting their amazing principals, CTE and STEM teams, and marveling at student work displayed on the walls. Thank you for inviting us to visit you! We hope you have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you at one summer conference or another this year!

– Alefiya Master

The end of another year is upon us and it’s that time where you might be struggling to keep students engaged.  Mobile app development is the perfect way to hook students into something fun, educational, and standards-based.  Think you don’t have enough time?  We’ve got you!  Students can create a mobile app in as little as 5 lessons.  Teachers, you can easily roll out MAD-learn with your students in approximately 5 class periods and have them produce a high-quality app.  The end of the year provides a great opportunity for students to create an app about their favorite unit of the year or a survival guide for your class/their grade level that they can share with other students.  Or, students could create an app highlighting their favorite aspects of the school year.  There are lots of possibilities!

Use this scope and sequence as your roadmap – it has everything you need.  Still, have questions or need help?  We would be happy to drop into your classroom for a virtual visit to get students excited about using MAD-learn.  Email us at for more information.

MAD-learn was thrilled to return to Syracuse for our 2nd app camp this year.  Students created apps on topics like HBCUs and how to help high school students get into college, apps about helping teens find hangout spots, apps about musicians such as Frank Ocean, and so much more. We love our APPy campers!

Teachers and students in Memphis-Shelby lit up the room at the I AM THE FUTURE Tech Xplosion event held last week to expose middle schoolers to new technologies.  MAD-learn had the privilege of showcasing mobile app development and our virtual internship program at the vendor fair.  We’re so excited for all the new teachers and students who will start using MAD-learn. Our favorite part of the event was students coming to our booth, looking at us, looking at each other, and exclaiming, “Whoa! We did this! We made an app!” In just the first year of our partnership with the district CTE and Tech Xperts teams, we already have over 800 students who have built mobile apps. 

Dallas ISD teacher Daisy Castillo is challenging her students to a battle of the apps.  Students in her Information Technology class are creating apps as an end-of-the-year project and will enter them into an app competition.  We had the privilege of meeting Daisy in August during a professional development day and we were blown away by her app-building skills – we can’t wait to see what her students create as well!

… hearing what this talented student from Memphis-Shelby County Schools in TN has to say about the app-building experience! Check out this awesome snippet!