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Announcing "MAD about Mattering": A Global Collaboration Among

Students To Build Apps that Matter To Our World

This new project will take the best of compassion driven innovation, mobile app development,
and global collaboration to create a new model of collaborative engineering between students
of all ages.

MAD-learn by Crescerance, Choose2Matter, and award-winning global collaborative teaching and learning
pioneer Vicki Davis announce the new “MAD about Mattering” global collaborative app development project.
This new project will take the best of compassion driven innovation, mobile app development, and global
collaboration to create a new model of collaborative engineering between students of all ages.

Students will be asked to consider their heartbreak to create an app that makes a difference to the world.
“Following your heartbreak is the single most effective way to help individual and organizations to discover
their purpose and find an innovative way to act on it,” says Angela Maiers, author of the best selling book The
Passion Driven Classroom and founder of the Choose2Matter movement.

“Innovation is not an event; it is an invitation to use your genius to better the world. We are not only inviting
students; we are imploring them to create something that could make the world a better place” says Maiers.
This project will happen this semester as teachers develop and share best practices for collaborative app
development. A toolkit for teachers will be made available at the end of the 2015-2016 school year as an OER
(open education resources), allowing other teachers across the world to follow this method of quad engineering.
“So far, many students have collaboratively written, researched, created video, and even built virtual worlds,
but now it is time to engineer together,” says Vicki Davis, author of the award winning Cool Cat Teacher Blog
and an original founder of the Flat Classroom Project, winner of the ISTE 2006 Online Learning Award. She
has founded more than 20 global collaborative projects spanning the globe with thousands of students of all
ages participating. “This is truly the next generation of global collaboration and we’re recruiting top classrooms
to help perfect this method and share it with the world,” says Davis.

Vicki Davis was one of the earliest adopters to implement the MAD-learn program in her classroom, and
quickly realized that it was an ideal tool for global collaboration.“We’ve seen students around the country do
amazing things in their classrooms when they are given the ability and access to create technology in a simple
fashion”, says Crescerance co-founder, Alefiya Bhatia. “Just imagine the potential of connecting these bright
minds that exist in every country and enabling them to work TOGETHER to solve their heartbreaks!”

The MAD about Mattering project will kick off on February 1 and culminate with an online MAD-shark tank
competition the first week of May as students pitch their apps to potential investors and vie to launch their apps
to the world.

“We’re eager to create a network where students can not only create amazing apps that help our world, but also
get access to mentors, industry experts, and investment to help take their ideas to the next level. We hear about
phenomenal entrepreneurs all the time who have received investment from angel investors or VCs, why not a
15 year old?”, asks Alefiya Bhatia, co-founder of Crescerance and creator of the MAD-learn program being
used in the project.

To learn more about this project please visit or contact You can also follow the movement on social media with the hashtag

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Kathryn Brannen