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.
February 16, 2017
Updates to StudioWeb for fall 2017:
- StudioWeb 2 will be retired this year, and all new classrooms will be deployed to the StudioWeb 3.
- We are renaming (and updating) Beginners HTML to HTML5 since it is much more than a beginners course.
- We are releasing a NEW Python course.
- We are now providing a grading rubric for the projects – usable even for teacher who don’t know code.
- We are adding to the HTML5 course projects, including lessons from teachers who have used SW in classrooms.
- Student time tracking will be back this year.
- We are providing a new Teacher’s QuickStart Guide that includes classroom activities (note taking, paired coding, peer-to-peer tutoring etc), the new grading rubric, and other useful things to jump start a teacher.
About the quizzing
HTML5 has 57 lessons and just under 4hrs of video. There are 309 quiz questions, 73 of which are code challenges.
Questions in chapter 1 and 2 of HTML5 are designed to be very easy, to encourage students. Chapter 3 and forward, questions increasingly become much more challenging as the course progresses
As a teacher out of Chicago told me recently, the most important thing is that in the end, the students know how to write code and build websites. I can guarantee you that by the end, students having done the HTML5 course will be able to build sites using the following tags:
– tables, tr, td, th, tbody, thead, tfoot
– meta (name, charset)
This is quote a from a middle school teacher who started using StudioWeb this past year:
Look what you have inspired!!!!
We have been doing Studio Web for less than a week. Some of my students have gone rogue on me and started creating stuff on their own!!!! I especially liked that this student references studioweb on his page!!! Thought you would get a kick out of it!
Have a great weekend!!!!
- websites and webapps
- browser game development
- server side coding with projects like Node.js and Express.js.
- mobile app development using middleware frameworks like Adobe PhoneGap:
StudioWeb’s courses are based on my book
I wrote a book last year to help me organize for the new StudioWeb courses. You can find it on amazon and in book stores across north america and Europe:
If some teachers prefer reading, they can get up to speed this way. Though it is not required.
January 4, 2017
Just wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
We hit a milestone this year, where students have answered over 1 million code questions on StudioWeb!
Much more to come with the soon to be released StudioWeb 3.1, and a new Python course!
September 6, 2016
I was invited by a local morning Tv show to talk about teaching code to kids in the classroom. In a nutshell, people are quickly realizing that coding should be considered one of the main skills anyone should have:
- Reading and writing
Efforts all over the world are being made to teach code in the schools. This is what I’ve have working for going on 6 years now.
You can also watch the interview on BT Tv’s website.
June 9, 2016
I recently visited a junior high school, who just started using StudioWeb this year to teach students how to write code. The amazing thing is, that this was a code club where students had to sign up, and yet over 10% of the students in the school participated!
… It seems that kids want to learn how to code!
I was lucky enough to get permission to do a little filming:
What to take away from this video:
- Students found some questions too easy – and the learned to write real code!
- Students really liked the courses – you can see them laughing just thinking about the questions!
- The teacher never taught code before – and got great results.
- StudioWeb’s auto grading and tracking made it easy for the teacher.