Written on: 10/17/16

Have you heard of CCGA?

The Creative Coding through Games and Apps program developed by Microsoft is an amazing opportunity for students to use the Touch Develop software to work their way through 6, 9, 12, or 18 weeks of curriculum.


“The Creative Coding Through Games And Apps (CCGA) curriculum provides everything you need to deliver the course, including teacher prep materials, lesson plans, presentations, student assignments, homework, projects, and tests.” -Microsoft

With this curriculum being primarily written for secondary, and myself being a 5th grade teacher… I have worked closely with @BSmrstick to get an idea of how the curriculum would work on my classroom. We have completed just a few lesson thus far with moderate success, but 100% excitement. The adventures will continue.


Last Saturday, I attended our counties first CCGA event where elementary, middle, and high school educators eagerly learned about the Microsoft CCGA curriculum and how they can incorporate this into their classrooms. The participants had a great time learning from the students perspective completing online and “unplugged” activities, as well as, familiarizing themselves with the lessons, worksheets, and tests included.

I very much look forward to seeing how I can further implement this program into my classroom curriculum!

Want to learn more? Take a CCGA free online through the Microsoft Educator Community or look for a CCGA Academy training near you!

Let the journey continue…. 🙂

As a technology integration enthusiast earning the nickname of “Red-headed tech child”, I am confident that my skill set and motivation to create innovative learning experiences will add value to the right company as I am currently searching for the next chapter to grow and have a larger impact as a learning specialist. I am a classroom instructor, Instructional Designer, UX and UI Designer, and edtech evangelist who is passionate about creating and facilitating professional learning opportunities. Through out my journey, I am honored that most people who learn with me would describe me as passionate and knowledgeable. This motivation to foster continuous improvement carries into my roles as a UX/UI Designer and Instructional Designer for U.S. based educational technology companies such as Learnics and MassiveU. Inc where I collaborate with the Director of Learning, and Co-Founder to customize learning experiences and content for their unique audiences. While working with these innovative companies, I have made an impact through: • Contracting to enhance design patterns, layout, and typography with block and custom HTML of the company website resulting in a boost of visits by 132.5% • Conceptualizing job aid and conference materials in Photoshop • Mock up wireframe and style guide • Strategizing eLearning content development, develop learning objectives and activities, research, and script writing, storyboarding, and filming for the instructor’s guides and instructional videos • Orchestrating innovative, blended learning solutions to improve learner’s skill set with a focus to increase participant engagement of tools and pedagogical practices, as well as customize content to meet individual's needs across the United States. • Transforming classroom learning experiences as an Instructional and Technology Leader • Providing diverse core competencies in the area of employee training, instructional design, eLearning development, and technical skills

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