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Teacher Facilitated Code Classrooms in 2017

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?

For example, schools who want to provide coding (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python …) for their students, can use StudioWeb’s proven, fun and effective curriculum, that allows for say, the English teacher (who knows nothing about code,) to successfully lead a code classroom.

Conclusion

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.
• Our curriculum teaches: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Python, SQL, PHP and more.

Feel free to contact us if you want to learn more, or try a demo classroom.

Thanks!
Stefan Mischook
Studioweb.com

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Why do teachers love StudioWeb?

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!

Julia Alsirt
Instructional Technology Teacher
Communications Liaison
Granger Middle School

If you would like to try a demo classroom, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best regards!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Open Ended Lesson Plans for Code Courses

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:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript

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.

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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StudioWeb’s Amazing Teacher Support

March 1, 2017

StudioWeb has been refined over the last 6 years, as we listened carefully to teachers and students. As the founder, I knew that it was important for me to be on the frontline (if you will,) so I could hear first hand, what teachers and students were saying. I took the support calls and emails.

Still today, I personally handle the support request because it helps me direct my developers to make StudioWeb even better. Teachers win because they deal with me directly, and StudioWeb benefits from direct feedback that’s been so valuable over the years.

Teachers get 1-on-1 phone support with the course creator!

Teachers using StudioWeb will have direct access to me … I’m happy to take your calls and emails.

If you are a teacher who is unsure of coding, or even doesn’t know a thing about coding, you can rest assured that I will be there to support you.

That said, you will be amazed at how easy it is to teach, when using StudioWeb. Many teachers who use StudioWeb, have never taught code before. We have a 100% renewal rate!

A little confession: StudioWeb is pretty refined, so we get very few support request! That’s one reason I can personally take the support calls.

Course curriculum integration

StudioWeb is a blend of both a web application and course content, who’s structure has evolved together. It follows the same philosophy Apple uses with iOS and iPhones, to be able to deliver that super smooth, and easy to use experience.

Just last year we recreated (from scratch,) our foundation courses (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP) so we could include what we learned in the prior years.

In fact, I wrote and published a book on web design and coding, to help me plan the new curriculum.

The results?

Student outcomes are amazing! With the new curriculum, average grades from have skyrocketed from the low 70’s, to the high 80’s and 90’s. And we are covering much more material.

Teachers love StudioWeb, because it removes all the uncertainties in teaching a classroom full of middle, high school and even college level students.

If you have any questions, or would like to demo StudioWeb, please feel free to contact me.

Stefan Mischook
1-855-932-8091

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Powerful Python 3 for Middle School and up – coming soon!

February 28, 2017

Our new course ‘Powerful Python 3’ will be out soon!

This is a brand new course that teaches Python 3.6, and is aimed at total beginners to programming. It’s a great course for first year computer science students and other learners.

Not just any Python course, it’s a StudioWeb Python course!

StudioWeb’s courses are unique in many ways, but at the end of the day, all that matters is the exceptional results we achieve.

StudioWeb’s Python course has the same easy to understand and fun video lessons (created by a published author, and highly experienced educator) that are found in all our courses. The videos combined with a our unique quizzing and code challenges, set in a gamified learning environment, promotes student engagement and amazing retention.

… Your students will quickly learn key programming concepts and techniques, that will allow them to explore computer science with a solid foundation.

Besides teaching the basics of programming:

  • Variables, collection types in Python
  • Data types and type conversion
  • Functions, modules
  • Object oriented programming techniques and principles

… Students will be exposed best coding practices, tools that developers use, working with Python on different OS’ and Python’s place in the programming world. So StudioWeb’s ‘Powerful Python 3’ goes way beyond your typical Python course!

Sample Python video lesson: drawing with Python:

The following video lesson from Powerful Python 3, teaches students how to use conditional statements and a loop, to animate with the Python Turtle module:

Powerful Python 3 will be released in April 2017. Like all StudioWeb courses, Powerful Python 3 will come with hours of fine grained video lessons, comprehensive code challenges and quizzing, suggested classroom activities, powerfully accurate auto-grading, and real time student activity tracking.

If you would like to check out the video lessons before we release the course, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks!
Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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