MAD-news for November: #CSEdWeek is Dec 6-12! Sign up now for a classroom visit.

Hi Guest,

The holidays, and everything really, looked different last year. As we enter into the holiday season here in the US this year, we hope that you can be with friends and family in safe ways and reignite traditions of giving, being thankful, and being present. We have so much to be thankful for here at MAD-learn, and YOU most certainly, are at the top of the list. Thank you for reading, thank you for following us, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for your faith in our ability to serve you and your students well. We are who we are because of you.

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours!

Alefiya Master
Founder & CEO

What’s hAPPening

Rockin’ around GaETC

Alefiya was at this year’s Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC) in Atlanta November 3-5. This annual event is sponsored by the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium, Inc. The Conference provides educators the opportunity to learn about the latest in educational technology and offers a forum for discussion among professionals concerned with technology in education.
GaETC offers almost 250 concurrent sessions, nationally known speakers and presenters, workshops focusing on the latest in technological innovations and software, and over 200 commercial exhibits. Alefiya’s enthusiasm and entrepreneurial prowess brought energy to the three days of meeting district partners, new friends, and learning from phenomenal education leaders across the state. Atlanta Braves Day was also celebrated in grand style! 

Dekalb County School District Goes Completely MAD!

We are so excited to announce that DeKalb County School District in GA has adopted MAD-learn district-wide! Thanks to the successes of our ongoing partnership and the vision of the CTAE department (and Marilynn Hollis), every teacher and student across the district can now access MAD-learn. Teachers throughout the county have already done amazing things, and we look forward to continuing our support of DeKalb County students!

Keynote at SW Wisconsin Business Education Summit


MAD-teacher of the Month

Dr. Stacey McJunkins is an accomplished teacher in the Rich Township High School District. Her years of experience have taught her that one should never be afraid to try new things, because they keep things fresh for students and teacher, alike. She has been known for wanting the best for her students, giving them, in her words, “the tools and drive to be self-starters”.

She has often referred to MAD-learn as a great tool, even a “lifesaver” during current times of new teaching challenges. She has developed a unique approach to delivering the MAD-learn program, one that meets her students where they are and that has been developed in a true “partnership” manner. Her free spirit is epitomized by her love for riding her motorcycle (although she admits the Chicago winter makes it hard to enjoy it, now). We’re certainly glad that MAD-learn is along for the ride!

Tutorial of the Month

A great way to transition your students from simple, editor-based HTML screens to the more complex (and exciting) HCJ Builder template is the introduction of a Flash Cards screen. This screen involves HTML and CSS code that is built into the template, allowing students to take that first step toward taking existing written code and adapting it to meet the needs of the app they are building. There are a multitude of uses for this template, so be sure to share it with your students!

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:

  • MacKinnon Middle School (NJ)
  • The School District of Palm Beach County (FL)
  • Dekalb County School District (GA)
  • Cobb County School District Elementary Schools (GA)


Don’t leave without…

…celebrating #CSEdWeek with us! Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. In celebration of this annual event, we are virtually visiting classrooms across the country to build apps with your students, hear your student app pitches, share our entrepreneurial journey, and more! Interested? Pick a time for us to virtually visit your classroom here: Gregg or Alefiya (please note your exact class time in the notes).
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