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HTML5, JavaScript and Python Certifications

February 26, 2020

I am happy to announce that the new StudioWeb 5 certifications are live! We are launching with the following certification exams for spring 2020:

  1. HTML5 Foundations
  2. CSS3 Foundations
  3. JavaScript Foundations
  4. Python Foundations
  5. PHP Foundations

I’ve attached examples of the two certification styles (modern and classic,) that will be presented to students, when they successfully pass the certification exam. Students will have the option to download and print both. 

If you would like a demo of the new StudioWeb 5 courses, and certification modules, please feel free to reach out.


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StudioWeb Student Code Projects

February 26, 2020

StudioWeb comes with 57 built-in projects that teachers can assign to students.

The projects are bound to chapters in the courses, which makes them easy to manage. They come with student handouts, the final completed projects for teachers to use as a reference, and even a grading rubric that will make it easy for you to assess the projects!

And remember, we’re always here for you when you need us! Any help you may need is just an email or phone call away.

Take a look at more of StudioWeb’s easy-to-use features here.

For pricing information, click here.

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Answering Common Questions about Teaching Code with StudioWeb

October 24, 2019

A teacher asked:

Can I ask you how you view the teachers role, does the instructor need to complete each of the modules in advance of the students to facilitate the process? 

Teachers don’t need to complete the modules since each lesson is video based, has supporting quiz questions and built in hints where the last hint is the answer. Student’s can’t get stuck. If they opt for the answer, they fail that question. But, there are hundreds of questions between the first 3 courses alone!

Our first three courses are:

  • HTML5 Foundations
  • CSS3 Foundations
  • JavaScript Foundations

These are probably the most important coding languages in the world today. You could argue Python is right up there … we have a great Python course too!

Is studioweb set up to ensure students have to complete each of the stages of the modules before progressing?

Each question is locked until the previous one is completed. If they blast through, they fail the lessons, chapters etc …

You are also able to monitor progress in real time, that means if a student starts blasting through, you will see two things:

  1. Their progress will be ahead of the classroom average.
  2. Their marks  will be bad. 

So it is easy for you to spot that sort of thing. It doesn’t happen often with StudioWeb because the process is gamified. The male students compete for points and badges that they accumulate as they go. This is displayed on their profile pages … that they tend to visit often. 

We also have  a daily leader board which you can display to the classroom … it shows who’s scoring best that day. 

StudioWeb practically automates the classroom for teachers.

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StudioWeb 4 is Live and is Packed with New Features.

November 30, 2018
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The newly released StudioWeb 4 has many new features teachers have been asking for. Here are some highlights:
  • New certifications: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Python.
  • Teachers can reset student progress on the chapter, lesson and even question.
  • Teachers can now allow students to skip chapters they don’t want students to do.
  • Teachers can set whether students can update their profiles: name, password.
  • Teachers can assign / revoke courses on a per student basis.
  • StudioWeb now provides district and school level performance reporting. All classroom statistics can be monitored on a single page.
  • Videos are now streamed from multiple sources.
  • We now provide closed captioning (CC) on all our videos.
  • StudioWeb 4 tracks the average time it takes each student to answer questions, and compares it to the classroom average.
  • Class leading reporting and sorting for grades and other assessments.
  • Massive performance increase, since StudioWeb 4 is a total rewrite from scratch, using the latest tech.
If you would like to demo StudioWeb 4, please feel free to contact us.
Stefan Mischook

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Teaching Web Design with StudioWeb

November 30, 2018

You are looking for a curriculum for your web design course … how can StudioWeb help?

… You need to know the course outlines, lesson plans, handouts and classroom management tools that StudioWeb provides.

In a nutshell:

Course outlines can be found here:

Projects are bound to the chapters in each of the courses. They start simple, and build up in complexity as your students progress. For example, by the end of the CSS course, your students will be building production ready websites that work on desktop and mobile. One of StudioWeb’s unique qualities, is that it is vocational. Students learn real-world web design and coding, that is used in the workplace.

We currently have 57 projects/assignments for the HTML, CSS and JavaScript courses.

Lessons plans are designed around a self-paced teaching model. We have found over the last 7 years, that self-paced learning is best way to teach code and web design. StudioWeb curriculum and software is designed around that model. That said, StudioWeb’s software and curriculum is flexible enough to work with whatever lesson structure a teacher prefers.

Handouts: we provide all the source pages and code from the 300 video lessons. These can be used as a teaching tool and optionally, for extra assignments. For each project in the CSS and JavaScript courses, you are provided with handouts that contain the template and instructions for students.

 Classroom management: StudioWeb makes managing a classroom easy! The video based lessons with quizzing, frees up teacher’s time since the StudioWeb software tracks and grades student progress in real-time. The StudioWeb training platform is fun and gamified, students are engaged and motivated.

 If you would like to try a demo, please feel free to contact us.


Stefan Mischook

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How to install Python on a Chromebook in 2018

September 10, 2018

There are few options for Python coding on Chromebooks. It is not as easy as doing it with Windows, or a Mac, but it is doable.

Doing a quick check out the Web, I found 2 options, one is easy, while the other takes more work.

Option #1:

Use a browser based Python code editor. There are a few out there. I found and it works pretty well. I don’t know if you can run Python gui based programs with it, but you can write lots of Python code and even save it.

Option #2:

Install Python on your Chromebook. This will require more work but I imagine, you have much more flexibility since you can run the Python code directly on the Chromebook. Here is an article that will give you the step-by-step:

Option #3:

The StudioWeb program includes a code editor that works with Python. In our Python course, your students will have many guided Python code challenges, where they will be writing actual Python code while getting instant feedback.

Hope that helps,


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Should you have Detailed Lesson Plans for Coding Courses?

August 20, 2018

I’ve been helping schools teach code over the last 7 years, and that experience has allowed us to refine the StudioWeb platform.

The StudioWeb curriculum is ideal for middle school, high school and college level students. One important lessons we have learned, is that an open-ended lesson plan, is by far the best approach to teaching code in the classroom.

Open-Ended Lesson Plans are Flexible

Our video based curriculum engages students, as they answer concept reinforcing quiz questions, and code challenges. This interplay of video and hands-on interaction with the content, produces amazing learning outcomes. Your students will not only understand the core fundamentals concepts of coding and programming, they will be able to demonstrate actual real-world skills.

… Something we have not seen in any other coding platform.

Video based Learning Supported by Projects

In addition to the many video lessons + quizzing, we provide 57 projects and classroom activities, for groups and individuals. You will have a lot of material.

Lesson Plans

Our lesson plans are open ended, to give teachers flexibility, to easily manage a classroom with students of varying abilities.

Most teachers simply start students on StudioWeb, allowing them to work at their own pace – the videos make this natural. When they complete chapter 3 of the HTML, you have the first projects you can assign. With each chapter in each course, you have new more projects you can assign.

… Don’t worry, grading the quizzes is handle by StudioWeb. For the hands on projects, we provide a super easy to use grading rubric, that makes it easy to assess students assignments.

StudioWeb’s lesson structure keeps students busy, and your classroom running smoothly. Your better students will not get bored, and students who need a little more time, will not feel left behind.

If you are interested in trying out StudioWeb, please feel free to contact us.

Stefan Mischook

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StudioWeb: a Proven Vocational Code Curriculum

July 27, 2018

There is a growing awareness in the value of vocational education. For many students, college and university may not be their best choice, so it makes sense prepare them with valuable in demand skills.

With that in mind, it’s safe to say that coding and programming, is the 21st century vocational skill.

StudioWeb’s unique curriculum

A vocationally capable code curriculum is hard to find. In fact, I haven’t found any other than StudioWeb.

This is probably because to create an effective set of courses, that teach both practical coding skills and theory, the courses (and software) has to be created by someone who:

  1. Has teaching experience and skill.
  2. Has commercial experience writing code.
  3. Is an accomplished presenter and author.

Seven years ago, when I first designed the software and course structure for StudioWeb, I was able to pour into it my years of experience teaching code, creating courses, and writing commercial software. I believe this combination, was a key reason why StudioWeb’s curriculum has proven to be so popular with students and teachers.

StudioWeb takes away the pain of teaching and learning code

A huge problem with code courses these days, is that for both teachers and students, it can be painful process. Things are not clear, many hit roadblocks with no answers, and students come out with no discernible skills. Finally, teachers have no way of measuring if they had an impact on their students.

From a teacher’s perspective, what does StudioWeb offer?

  1. Easy prep: with no prior coding skills, teachers are up and running in just 30 minutes!
  2. Easily assess: StudioWeb automatically tracks your students progress, and even generates accurate grades by course, chapter and lesson. Grades are exportable in Excel format too!
  3. Built in hinting and help for students – it is impossible that students get stuck on a lesson or concept.

From a students perspective, what does StudioWeb offer?

  1. Fun, engaging lessons.
  2. Students learn real-world coding skills.
  3. Students get instant feedback and rewards, as they learn valuable coding and programming skills. These are skills that students can use to get a job with, start freelancing, or start a business.

If you want to learn more or try a demo, feel free to contact me.

Stefan Mischook

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Why not teach practical coding to students?

May 11, 2018

I’ve been teaching code since 2003, and created the StudioWeb code training platform in 2011. Our first two schools jumped onboard in 2011 as well.

With the help of hundreds of schools, and tens of thousands of students, StudioWeb’s courses have become increasingly effective teaching students (grades 6-12) how to code.

What makes StudioWeb’s engaging curriculum stand out, is that we are able to teach real-world coding skills (JavaScript, Python, HTML5, CSS3, SQL, PHP), while still keeping the curriculum fun and easy to use.

… Everybody is surprised how easy it is to use StudioWeb! Teachers feel secure in the process, and students are encouraged by how easily they learn to code.

Course Content, and Training software developed hand-in-hand

One of the reasons StudioWeb based classrooms constantly achieve great results, is because both the curriculum and software were develop at the same time … mindful of feedback/data from tens of thousands of students and their teachers.

StudioWeb first launched in 2011, and since that time, we’ve integrated that experience into StudioWeb 2, StudioWeb 3 and now with the soon to be released StudioWeb 4 – the best yet!

StudioWeb provides a highly refined software and engaging curriculum specially designed for classroom teaching.

Contact us and set up a free demo class – it’s free you know!


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Free Code Courses for Teachers who Teach Coding!

April 12, 2018

We want to make it easy for teachers to get up to speed with code!

As such, StudioWeb will now be providing FREE code courses (professional development,) for teachers in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and Python.

If you are going to be teaching code during the 2018-19 school year, and you need to learn code, and even programming from scratch … it doesn’t get any better!

How does it work?

Just contact us or one of our partners, and we will set up a custom StudioWeb classroom for your school, with enough seats for all your teachers.

The StudioWeb web app and curriculum makes learning to code easy … even from home! Teachers can quickly learn the most popular coding languages, without having to travel or attend special classes – learn at your own pace.

Our web based code courses are made up of hundreds of bite-sized videos lessons, that are supported by over 1000 code challenges and quiz questions. This combined with the gamified StudioWeb software, makes for an engaging learning experience, with great retention.

What happens if teachers get stuck – is there support?

Support for teachers is just an email or phone call away! But besides that, the StudioWeb software has a great hinting system that almost guarantees you won’t get stuck on a lesson.

If you would like to learn more about the StudioWeb code curriculum or you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. There is no obligation for taking part.

Stefan Mischook

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