May 27, 2017
… The challenge many schools are facing though, is finding teachers to teach the coding classes.
StudioWeb’s Professional Development in Teaching Code
After working with many schools in the US and abroad, StudioWeb has developed an effective and engaging professional development program for teachers who have never written a single line of code!
Learn to teach code as you learn the course material for your classes
Teacher’s are super busy, and so it makes sense for them to learn to teach code, with the course material that they will be using to teach their students with. It’s a two for one!! The StudioWeb program has proven to fit that role perfectly.
How does it work?
- As teachers learn to code, they will also be learning the structure of the lessons, quizzes, projects and the code challenges!
- Now teachers know how to code, and they know the courses they will be teaching with!
So rather than learning the coding languages, then having to find or develop a curriculum – professional development with StudioWeb means both are handled at the same time.
… Needless to say, teachers love it!
If you are interested in learning how to teach code with our teacher approved (and proven!) curriculum, you are invited to contact us.
May 26, 2017
I am excited to announce our upcoming Python course: Powerful Python 3.
A beginners course covering Python 3, students go from an absolute beginner, to having a working knowledge of object oriented Python. Course is based on Python 3.6.
StudioWeb course details:
In addition to a set of comprehensive and engaging videos, Power Python 3 will include quizzing, code challenges, and gamification that is provided by the StudioWeb app. Your students will learn Python easily, and they will have fun too!
Each video lesson is supported by 4-5 quiz questions, that are made up of both code challenges and multiple choice questions. All our courses leverage the spiral teaching method, that helps us to achieve great outcomes with students.
From a teacher’s perspective, StudioWeb provides classroom automation tools that makes it effortless to manage multiple classrooms. In fact, we have many teachers who simply take on the role of classroom facilitator. StudioWeb does the teaching!
At the time of this writing, we are just finalizing the course in terms of the range of topics covered, from the basics to OOP … I will include the table of contents at the bottom of this post. Thus far 50 lessons are complete. The course should have ~55 lessons.
Some of the tools that the StudioWeb app provides:
- Auto grading by course, chapter and lesson
- Realtime progress tracking of student progress and performance
- Built in hinting so it is impossible for students to get stuck
- Excel output of final grades
- Daily activity tracking
Thanks to years of working with many schools, StudioWeb is highly refined and you will achieve exceptional outcomes. We have a 100% renewal rate with schools.
Advance Demo request welcome!
If you would like to get an advanced look at Powerful Python 3 and/or the demo a StudioWeb classroom … please feel free to contact us.
Powerful Python 3 Table of contents (as of May 25th):
2. Python learning tips
3. Install Python 3.6 on Mac
4. Install Python on Windows
5. First Python code
6. Introduction to Data Types: string and int + comments
7. Introduction to Variables and Floats
8. Why so many programming languages
9. more about comments and variables
10. variables – behind the scenes
11. mixing the data types string and int
12. introduction to drawing with python
13. IDEs Explained
14. Python Loops Introduction
15. Python Loops with range()
16. Python drawing with loops
17. Python conditional statements – part 1
18. Python operators
19. drawing with Python with loops and conditionals – part 1
20. drawing with Python with loops and conditionals – part 2
21. Python history and Philosophy
22. Python List Part 1
23. Python List Part 2
24. Python List Part 3
26. Python Sequences Overview and Review
27. Python Dictionary / Maps continued
28. Python Dictionary / Maps – updating, inserting and deleting
29. Python PEP 8 (https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0008/)
30. Input function
31. While loops and infinite loops
32. Nerd words: keywords, syntax, statements, expressions
33. Functions, creating, calling and indents
34. Functions, simple game and flow control
35. Functions, arguments / parameters and return values
36. Function arguments and variable scope.mp4
37. Functions – multiple parameters
38. Flow control with elif and else
39. Function in functions and type conversion
40. Treasure Hunt Game – create function skeletons
41. Treasure Hunt Game – docstring
42. Treasure Hunt Game – function returns
43. Treasure Hunt Game – enter_cave function
44. Treasure Hunt Game – main_loop
45. OOP basic concepts
46. Creating our first class
47. Creating an object from our class
48. OOP – tkinter – basic gui and objects
49. OOP – tkinter -gui with an image
50. Create a class with Stef!
51. Create objects with Stef!
52. Creating a subclass
March 21, 2017
About 6 years ago, I began helping schools bring code into the classroom. My app and curriculum (StudioWeb) was originally conceived from my own ideas and experiences … that took us about 70% of the way there. Over the last 6 years though, StudioWeb has been highly refined, with the help from many teachers and students.
… You can’t beat real-world feedback, especially from students who are not shy to tell you what they think!
A new way to think about teaching
StudioWeb represents one of the new strategies (of teaching,) that schools are starting to embrace all over the world. A way where teachers are NOT expected to be masters of many subjects. Rather, teachers facilitate classrooms, and proven interactive video based courses, do the actual daily teaching.
… The best tools though, provide much more than just a set of videos and lesson plans.
The best teachers (and courses) from around the world, in your classrooms
You can’t expect teachers to be experts in all subjects. So why not leverage the Internet, and bring in domain experts into the classroom?
Unequal educational opportunities can be a thing of the past. There is no reason that students from poorer districts, can’t get the same quality of education, that wealthy districts provide. In fact, with modern technology, they can get the exact same curriculum and high quality teaching!
Some quick notes about StudioWeb:
• StudioWeb’s curriculum is designed around open ended lesson plans, for maximum flexibility.
• Our courses make heavy use of the spiral teaching method, since it works so well with teaching code.
Feel free to contact us if you want to learn more, or try a demo classroom.
March 7, 2017
Time for a little shameless self promotion!
Yes, after 6 years of working closely with many teachers and schools, we are proud to say that StudioWeb is a must have tool for teachers, and an amazing learning experience for students.
No matter who you ask, teachers and students love StudioWeb! That’s why we have 100% renewals!
Here are just some of the reasons:
- Includes 57 assignments / projects and a project grading rubric.
- Lessons are based on the spiral teaching method, and lesson plans open ended for maximum flexibility.
- Includes 7 suggested classroom activities.
- Includes professional development videos. Teachers get up and running with ONLY 1hr of prep.
- Includes bonus video content for gifted learners.
- Includes and easy to follow QuickStart Guide.
- Same day phone and email support.
- Automated grading by course, chapter and lesson – exportable to Excel format.
- Courses created by an experienced educator and published author.
Just one of many great reviews from teacher’s who use StudioWeb:
Working with Studioweb.com has been an ideal solution for introducing my middle school students to computer language basics. The chapters, lessons, and videos contain just the right amount of information for my students to process during a typical class period. Since each student has the ability to progress through the tutorials at his or her own pace, I don’t worry about them becoming overwhelmed with the content.
I have noticed that my students rarely need assistance as they work through the Studioweb activities. When someone does need assistance my students jump at the chance to help each other. Their ability to do this demonstrates to me that they truly understand the computer language concepts. My students appreciate Stefan’s sense of humour which comes through in the presentation of skills and keeps them amused while they work!
Instructional Technology Teacher
Granger Middle School
If you would like to try a demo classroom, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
March 3, 2017
The most effective lesson plans for coding classes are open ended. What we’ve discovered over the years, is that successful and easy to run coding classes, adopt an open ended structure, where students can learn at their own pace.
… Trying to force students to learn coding in unison on a daily basis, is not only unrealistic, you are creating a situation where many problems can arise.
Open ended lessons that leverages the spiral teaching method
The spiral teaching method is perfectly suited to teaching code. As such, the StudioWeb curriculum and application are designed around the spiral teaching method. This is expressed within each course, but also across the core curriculum, that includes the foundation web design languages:
The spiral teaching method also makes open ended lesson plans easier to implement. Both strategies are a natural fit.
StudioWeb makes code easy to teach and easy to learn!
With StudioWeb, teachers will be able to keep all the students busy and engaged, and nobody will be left behind. Since students can learn at their own pace, and get instant help and feedback from the StudioWeb software, students will not feel pressure from their classmates.
After six years of real-world classroom use and refinements, StudioWeb makes it easy for any teacher to successfully lead coding classes, even those without any coding skills themselves!
If you will like to try a demo or have any questions, feel free to contact us.