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Middle School Web Design Courses that Teach Actual Code!

August 21, 2017

A teacher called yesterday looking for a web design course that teaches real web design coding skills. Like other teachers I’ve personally spoken to, she understood that dragging around blocks on screen, where the app writes the code for the student, is not nearly as effective as the student actually writing the code!

… Teachers quickly discover that students don’t learn much about coding with blocks. ¬†ūüôĀ

So many code courses fallback on the misguided practice of using block-based teaching apps, thinking that this is helping students. As the teacher observed herself, with these systems, students quickly get bored and just follow the pattern.

Teaching code by having students write the code

Our experience has taught us that for students to actually learn to code, they have to write the code, make the mistakes, and get the feedback as they learn the languages of web design: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The StudioWeb app provides instant feedback and hints, to help your students as they code.

Motivate your students!

Nothing motivates a student like seeing their code produce actual real-world results!

With the StudioWeb web design curriculum, your students interest levels will skyrocket, as they quickly see their code magically transform into websites that flex and flow on small smartphones, all the way up to giant 4k displays.

… Web developers call that ‘responsive’ design and your students will learn those marketable skills with StudioWeb.

If you would like to learn more, check out StudioWeb.com

Thanks,

Stefan

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Starting your Web Design Class

August 10, 2017

Getting your web design class up and running is easy with StudioWeb.

The steps are:

  1. We set up your StudioWeb classroom(s), where each student gets their own user ID.
  2. Teachers give students their IDs, and they log in and start with the HTML course.
  3. As your students watch the videos and answer quiz questions, the StudioWeb software tracks their progress auto generating grades for you by course, chapter and even the lesson!
  4. You have the option to assign them projects that we provide. The projects start on ch3 of the HTML course.
  5. We have a total of 57 projects between the HTML,CSS and JavaScript courses. Each project bound to a chapter in a course.
  6. We provide an easy to use grading rubric for the projects. Even teachers who don’t know code, can accurately assess student work with help of the grading rubric. Using the projects is optional, since the StudioWeb auto grading is very accurate.

It is practically impossible for students to get stuck on a lesson, given how the StudioWeb app and courses are designed. But, if ever a question should come up (and you don’t have an answer,) the course creator (Stefan) will be able to answer questions the same day.

… I make it a point to be in contact with teachers. I am able to do this since we get so few questions!¬†

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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What Yale’s Socially Assistive Robots and StudioWeb have in Common

August 2, 2017

I was reading an article¬†on Yale University’s research with socially assistive robotics, that help to teach kids. The main points I got out of the article:

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  • Robots learn and adapt to individual student need.
  • Students are motivated when the learning process is turned into a game. A little competition is very motivating for many students. Otherwise known as gamification.
  • When students work one-on-one with a robot, they are not afraid to answer questions, since all the students are busy working with their own robots.
  • The robots look like fun toys.

This is interesting to me, because the StudioWeb app and curriculum, has been developed with an awareness of the above lessons.

StudioWeb’s experience reflects Yale’s:

StudioWeb’s software shares similar traits (if you will) with Yale’s socially assistive robots. StudioWeb is a gamified app where students learn to code, as they unlock levels, earn badges and score points. Students work on their own computers, at their own pace, and so they don’t have to worry about social pressures.

Understanding the importance of the emotional component of teaching, each of our courses are represented by fun and cool animals: two frogs, a sheep, a spider and a python. Each animal also becomes the course badge students can earn. Finally, we add to the learning process fun, with the gaming aspect, and good old fashioned humour.

… Students come away smiling and giggling as they learn to code.

StudioWeb does not replace teachers … but we help!¬†

From the article:

‚ÄúYou may have a public school where there are 25 to 30 kids in a classroom and the amount of time that the teacher can spend one-on-one with each child is relatively limited,‚ÄĚ said Scassellati in an interview with R&D Magazine.

Socially assistive robots free up teachers time, so they can concentrate their efforts where it might be needed – say students who made need special attention. This is a far better approach than trying to teach a classroom as they did in Plato’s time.

In a nutshell: the core lessons need not be taught over and over again by the teacher. That’s where assistive technology (robots and apps) come into play.

StudioWeb provides the same benefit. We’ve designed our curriculum and app, in such a way that it is nearly impossible for students to get stuck on a coding lesson, whether it be theory or actual coding. As such, students happily work through the video based lessons, without having to ask the teacher questions that have been asked countless times.

Rather than using an Ai, we’ve been able to refine our lessons over the last several years, eliminating the common questions, by addressing them in the lessons themselves.

… Good old fashioned teaching my father taught me, combined with data from a few hundred thousand students and your courses start to get really good!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Complete Web Design Curriculum for 2018

July 26, 2017

StudioWeb first entered the classroom nearly 7 years ago! In that time, we’ve listened to teachers and students, as we continued to refine both the StudioWeb software, and course curriculum.

Our current coding foundation courses:

  • Beginners HTML
  • Beginners CSS
  • Beginners JavaScript
  • Beginners Python
  • Beginners PHP

StudioWeb might be the most effective teaching tool today for teaching web design and programming. But, I admit that I am biased! ūüôā

That said, our system is so effective, teachers will tell you that StudioWeb does most of the teaching, while they simply facilitate!

This is made possible because of the tight integration between the StudioWeb software, and our custom designed courses. They work hand-in-hand to produce the outstanding outcomes with students.

Flexible Lesson Plans

One of the lessons we’ve learned over the years, is that you have to have a flexible lesson plan structure, if you want to make a coding class effective. Teachers inevitably find themselves with students who have a range of talent, and so it is important that the curriculum doesn’t get in the way of teaching.

… Fixed daily lesson plans can create headaches for teachers.

Leveraging the spiral teaching method, and a self-paced lesson structure, a StudioWeb classroom provides a flexible structure that yields results with students of all abilities. Our outstanding student outcomes, is why we have a 100% renewal rate. StudioWeb works.

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

Stefan Mischook

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Python 3 Course for the 2017-18 school year

May 26, 2017

I am excited to announce our upcoming Python course: Beginners Python 3.

A beginners course covering Python 3, students go from an absolute beginner, to having a working knowledge of object oriented Python.  Course is based on Python 3.6.

StudioWeb course details:

In addition to a set of comprehensive and engaging videos, Power Python 3 will include quizzing, code challenges, and gamification that is provided by the StudioWeb app. Your students will learn Python easily, and they will have fun too!

Each video lesson is supported by 4-5 quiz questions, that are made up of both code challenges and multiple choice questions. All our courses leverage the spiral teaching method, that helps us to achieve great outcomes with students.

Teacher’s Dream:

From a teacher’s perspective, StudioWeb provides classroom automation tools that makes it effortless to manage multiple classrooms. In fact, we have many teachers who simply take on the role of classroom facilitator. StudioWeb does the teaching!

At the time of this writing, we are just finalizing the course in terms of the range of topics covered, from the basics to OOP … I will include the table of contents at the bottom of this post. Thus far 50 lessons are complete. The course should have ~55 lessons.

Some of the tools that the StudioWeb app provides:

  • Auto grading by course, chapter and lesson
  • Realtime progress tracking of student progress and performance
  • Built in hinting so it is impossible for students to get stuck
  • Excel output of final grades
  • Daily activity tracking

Thanks to years of working with many schools, StudioWeb is highly refined and you will achieve exceptional outcomes. We have a 100% renewal rate with schools.

Advance Demo request welcome!

If you would like to get an advanced look at Powerful Python 3 and/or the demo a StudioWeb classroom … please feel free to contact us.

Powerful Python 3 Table of contents (as of May 25th):

1. Introduction

2. Python learning tips

3. Install Python 3.6 on Mac

4. Install Python on Windows

5. First Python code

6. Introduction to Data Types: string and int + comments

7. Introduction to Variables and Floats

8. Why so many programming languages

9. more about comments and variables

10. variables – behind the scenes

11. mixing the data types string and int

12. introduction to drawing with python

13. IDEs Explained

14. Python Loops Introduction

15. Python Loops with range()

16. Python drawing with loops

17. Python conditional statements – part 1

18. Python operators

19. drawing with Python with loops and conditionals – part 1

20. drawing with Python with loops and conditionals – part 2

21. Python history and Philosophy

22. Python List Part 1

23. Python List Part 2

24. Python List Part 3

25. Tuples

26. Python Sequences Overview and Review

27. Python Dictionary / Maps continued

28. Python Dictionary / Maps – updating, inserting and deleting

29. Python PEP 8 (https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0008/)

30. Input function

31. While loops and infinite loops

32. Nerd words: keywords, syntax, statements, expressions

33. Functions, creating, calling and indents

34. Functions, simple game and flow control

35. Functions, arguments / parameters and return values

36. Function arguments and variable scope.mp4

37. Functions – multiple parameters

38. Flow control with elif and else

39. Function in functions and type conversion

40. Treasure Hunt Game – create function skeletons

41. Treasure Hunt Game – docstring

42. Treasure Hunt Game – function returns

43. Treasure Hunt Game – enter_cave function

44. Treasure Hunt Game – main_loop

45. OOP basic concepts

46. Creating our first class

47. Creating an object from our class

48. OOP – tkinter – basic gui and objects

49. OOP – tkinter -gui with an image

50. Create a class with Stef!

51. Create objects with Stef!

52. Creating a subclass

53. Opening Files with Python

54. Opening Files – creating functions

55. Opening Files – creating a class

56. Opening Files – exceptions

57.Opening Files – writing files

58.Advanced exceptions / error handling

59. Reading files line by line

60. Searching files – simple line search

61. Searching files – regular expressions

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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