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Assessment for Mobile Natives - Meeting Students Where They Are

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Terrace Ballroom IV, Level 4 (near Posters)

Kimberley Bynoe   Alefiya Master  
Today’s students are not just digital natives, they are mobile natives. Come learn about how Union County Public Schools in North Carolina is thinking differently about assessment and how students can show mastery of their learning through building their own mobile apps.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: "MAD-store" app (available for iOS and Android devices) website
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Today’s students are not just digital natives, they are mobile natives. Come learn about how districts across the country are thinking differently about assessment and how students can show mastery of their learning through building their own mobile apps.

When one high school English teachers says “app development has revolutionized the way my kids do research,” you can’t ignore her!

MAD-learn (Mobile App Development Learning) has been providing its curriculum and app building platform to students throughout the U.S. and five other countries since 2014. The process has been used in any number of classes, including core curricular classes, CTE, and STEM classes. It has also been offered as an elective, after school option and camp activity.

Utilizing a series of rubrics based on formative assessment, teachers are able to effectively gauge student achievement, specifically in the areas of skill development that are aligned with ISTE.

The MAD-learn program focuses more on WHY students should learn about developing technology, rather than simply how to use tools. This appreciation of relevance and engagement is the driving force for how vital and transferable skills are developed that support student performance across the curricula, in testing, and for life beyond school.

Creating a mobile app requires much more than coding. Beyond having to acquire vital and transferable (commonly called “soft”) skills, it involves graphic design, organization, collaboration, research, editing, and unique writing skills. The tool these students are using gives them valid reasons for wanting to develop a tech-based product and gives them opportunities to harness this wide variety of skills, directly aligned with ISTE student standards, to create tools that can make a difference.


After a general introduction about the schools and their partnerships with MAD-learn, presenters will share experiences in how teachers decided to have their students create apps and the process of doing so. These stories will be delivered through video and live presentations. Attendees will be invited to view the student-created apps on their own devices, using the free MAD-store App that the students used to test and share their apps.

Supporting research

There’s an App for That…and Parkwood Middle is Developing Them

The Impact of Student-Created Apps

Preparing Students for Jobs of the Future

The Future Belongs to Those with ‘Soft’ Skills

Students Use MAD-learn to Create Apps for Local Communities

CS Students Built an App for That

How This Teacher Noticed a Problem in Her Classroom and Built a Company to Solve It

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Kimberley Bynoe, MAD-learn, LLC
Alefiya Master, MAD-learn

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