February 20, 2018
Just a quick word about the soon to be released StudioWeb 4.0. This is an exciting release, because it is a total rewrite from scratch! The current StudioWeb 3 is bug free, and is working great in classrooms, but there comes a time when you have to start fresh.
… Steve Jobs famously made that decision, when he moved to OSX and retired OS9. Time has proven that it was a great move!
What’s special about StudioWeb 4?
StudioWeb 4 implements amazing new technology that brings more flexibility and speed to the StudioWeb software. Some of StudioWeb 4’s new features include:
- District level reporting
- More classroom management tools
- Expanding and updating curriculum to include career oriented content
- Updated video controls and more tablet friendly UI
More details will be released once StudioWeb 4 is made public.
September 13, 2017
With many new schools joining, it’s a been a real growth year for StudioWeb. So we’ve just doubled our server power to manage all the new students!
… Ah, ultra-modern cloud hosting is a dream!
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 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! 🙂
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.
February 28, 2017
Our new course ‘Beginners 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 Beginners Python 3, teaches students how to use conditional statements and a loop, to animate with the Python Turtle module:
Beginners Python 3 will be released in August 2017. Like all StudioWeb courses, Beginners 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.