Maverick is a free social network that connects young girls with female mentors to express their creativity in a safe space. The social media platform is designed to help preteen and teenage girls engage with both the online content and one another. The freeMaverick Be Real app for iOS is intended to help boost girls’ self-esteem. For example, the app allows users to give one another badges for content but does not reveal how many badges each user has—an attempt to eliminate the tendency to compare and compete. The mobile app is structured around a set of tasks that a user must complete to unlock the next levels. These tasks, which are explained by community influencers in short video clips, include sharing a challenge that the user has overcome. Users can see and comment on one another’s responses to the challenges. Maverick uses community managers to keep inappropriate or unkind content off the site, and users have the ability to flag questionable material. The platform does not run ads, instead relying on a “freemium” model, where users can upgrade to access certain features. Maverick collects the minimum amount of data to create user profiles—name, age, and location; the company does not share any user information with third parties.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in 2018.
Enduring Ideas: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms is the first comprehensive touring exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
Teachers of English learners can add a spark to their instruction with a new group of celebrities called “YouTubers”—videographers who have gained popularity from their videos for English learners on the video-sharing website YouTube. These YouTubers consistently produce high-quality, engaging videos for ESL and EFL learners.