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Inside MAD-learn Through the Eyes of an Extern:

Embracing Workplace-Centric Teaching: A Reflection on the Educator Externship  by Saundra Watts, Barber Middle School This summer, I had the privilege of participating in my first educator externship, a transformative experience that has reshaped my approach to teaching. I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the stark contrast between traditional classroom practices and the dynamic,  autonomous nature of the workforce.…

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MAD-news for July: Thanks for the reminder

Hi Guest, We got a call recently from one of our district partners. She was in tears and we were in tears. She said she couldn’t thank us enough and we didn’t quite understand why. Why? We have a virtual internship program that invites students from around the world to join our team for the summer, a semester, a year,…

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MAD-learn: Standards-aligned

MAD-learn has been designed to meet several educational standards across the United States. Some of these include the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), CSforAll, ISTE, and those of several states, including NY, FL, Georgia, Texas, and more. Check out some of our alignments below and reach out to us if you need alignments to another set of standards. Click on…

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A Peek Behind the Curtain: Unveiling an All-New MAD-learn

An all-new, revamped MAD-learn is here!  We officially unveiled our new platform – which incorporates all six steps of the design thinking process – on March 23, 2023, along with some of our global partners including Teq, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), and CSforAll. Our celebration featured educators from across the country and showcased our uniquely crafted…

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Stay Golden: MAD-students win GOLD for Georgia App Design Challenge

Students are creating #appsthatmatter using MAD-learn and we have the receipts.  We are extremely proud of the student team at Barber Middle School in Cobb County who were the GOLD WINNERS of the 2023 Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) CS4GA App and Design Challenge! Their app, Unify, was lauded for community advocacy, overall design, and innovative thinking. The Unify team…

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AI: A View from Within

Just for fun (and a bit of professional curiosity), I decided to play around with ChatGPT’s Artificial Intelligence (AI). With perhaps a subconscious desire to see if I could short-circuit the system, I entered the following request: …importing the result to a MAD-learn HCJ Builder template, I got this:  Broken image links aside, it didn’t do a bad job. It…

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Why MAD-learn Uses Reverse Engineering to Teach Coding

Reverse engineering is the process of taking apart a product or system to better understand how it works. In the context of software development, reverse engineering can be used to learn how an application was built and to gain insight into its inner workings. In this article, we’ll explore how reverse engineering can be used to learn HTML, CSS, and…

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