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Professional Development in Teaching Code

May 27, 2017

It is well known that code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python) is now an essential subject for students of all ages. Many US states and countries around the world, are making code a core part of their curriculum.

… 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?

  1. Teachers do the StudioWeb courses on the subjects they will be teaching … like HTML, JavaScript, Python.
  2. As teachers learn to code, they will also be learning the structure of the lessons, quizzes, projects and the code challenges!
  3. 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.

Thank you!
Stefan Mischook

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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.


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.

Stefan Mischook

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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 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

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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

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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

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