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.
August 2, 2016
Certification is a 3 stage process
For students to pass StudioWeb certification, they must:
- Successfully complete the course with a 60% + grade.
- Successfully complete the assignments.
- Finally, successfully complete the certification exam.
The process of certification is overseen by a teacher who verifies the integrity of the process. Our grading rubric is robust and accurately reflects the skill level of students. If a student is StudioWeb certified, they know how to code!
Certification developed by a 22 year veteran in web development
Stefan Mischook started coding in 1994, and developed his first educational app in 2000 for a publicly traded company.
In 2003 Stefan released his first course on coding: ‘Web Design 1’. Since that time, Stefan has been published several times in print publications, and recently his book ‘Web Design Start Here,’ was published in July 2015. You can find the book in stores across North America, Europe and on Amazon.
August 1, 2016
StudioWeb has been used in successful CTE programs for 5 years! Here is a recent quote from Jason in Ohio:
I am a champion for StudioWeb, having used it with my CTE students and watching its development over the past 5 years.
I write code myself, but found this program is so well-organized and so engaging for my students, it has been an excellent resource. In fact 95% of my students complete the courses and learn skills that are in great demand, whether or not they go to college.
June 28, 2016
One of the main goals with StudioWeb, was to create a platform that allowed teachers who don’t know how to code, to easily be able to teach code without much prep, and without much (if any) PD.
… We succeeded!
It only took us 5 years, 🙂 with feedback from students and their teachers! On top of that, data from hundreds of thousands of questions answered, allowed us to fine-tune the courses and quiz questions. Everything on StudioWeb is private and confidential, but we are able annalyse student data while keeping everything anonymous.
With StudioWeb, you have an engaging set of courses that teaches real-world coding, through video quizzing and code challenges. Our auto grading saves teachers time, and our provided projects allows students to exercise their coding skills with coding projects that you see in the workplace.
… Moving a robot is fun, but why not build the screens (user interface) for a mobile app?
If you would like to try a classroom demo, or to learn about the teacher’s tools we provide, feel free to contact us.
June 15, 2016
Swift Playgrounds essentially takes what Scratch based training provides (with some nice enhancements,) and brings it to the iPad. Swift Playgrounds can replace Scratch based code training, except that students will be learning the basics of the Apple Swift programming language instead.
… Apple wants to see students learn Swift for obvious commercial reasons.
StudioWeb combined with Scratch, is already being used by schools to create an engaging 360 code curriculum for students of all ages. That means Swift Playgrounds will play nicely with StudioWeb!
How does StudioWeb play with Swift Playgrounds?
Here are the steps:
1. Use Swift Playgrounds to teach basic coding concepts. Like Scratch, Swift Playgrounds has students moving characters around the screen, and controlling other basic animations with simple code snippets. It’s a good way to establish a conceptual foundation … especially for younger students
2. StudioWeb continues from where Swift Playgrounds leaves off, and teaches practical coding, that can be immediatly applied in a student’s school-wide academic life. For example with StudioWeb, students will quickly learn enough HTML to be able to create web pages. Their new found HTML skills can be used for their assignments in ALL classes. So instead of submitting Word documents or PowerPoints, students use HTML and CSS!
… This type of cross-curricular integration, will quickly get students comfortable with code, so it becomes second nature.
So in a nutshell, Swift Playgrounds and StudioWeb are a natural fit. Swift Playgrounds looks like it could be a great set of training wheels (if you will,) and StudioWeb is the real bike.
In addition, StudioWeb provides many turnkey advantages you don’t see elsewhere: self-evident open ended lesson plans, auto grading, activities, very little prep and PD requirements etc …