September 7, 2017
One of the first questions teachers ask us:
” … how long will the PD be, in terms of learning how to teach a code class?”
Teacher and Student Feedback
It has taken us 6-7 years to polish our app and curriculum, but StudioWeb has been refined to be amazingly easy to teach a code class with … so, there isn’t much prep required. Teachers are happy to discover how quickly they feel comfortable leading a code class with StudioWeb.
In a nutshell, the prep with StudioWeb is:
- Watch our PD videos on setting up a StudioWeb class. It’s really, really easy since you just have to give account ids to students.
- You can do the course(s) as a student does them … to get familiar. Since StudioWeb has a powerful hinting system … students can never get stuck, which means you never have to answer code questions. So even doing this is not really required.
- Since SW does all the grading automatically, you don’t even need to grade!
If you would like to learn more about teaching code with StudioWeb, you know what to do!
August 22, 2017
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. 🙁
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
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
August 10, 2017
I realized a few years ago that as founder, I had to get out of the back office, and be in close contact with teachers. Steve Jobs famously took tech support calls at Apple stores, to stay in touch with clients. I figured I should do the same.
Talking directly to teachers counts
A few years later, that move has proven to be one of the most important decisions I’ve made. As a result, direct feedback from teachers (and students) has had a major impact in terms of the quality of the StudiWeb app and curriculum. We’ve always had good results with students, but now the we consistently get great reviews from both teachers and students.
Support is priority #1
As I see it, support is the #1 priority in the service that we offer. My goal has always been to make it easy for teachers to teach and for students to learn. Support is a key ingredient in that, and so it makes sense that the primary course creator be reachable.
Let us help you teach web design
If you need to teach a web design class (and now we offer Python too!) please don’t hesitate to contact us. Most likely, you will be speaking to me on the first call, and you can count on being able to reach me throughout the school year!
… Some people wonder how I can find the time to speak to teachers? The simple answer is that after nearly 7 years, we’ve refined StudioWeb to the point that we don’t get many support calls. Things run pretty smoothly now.
August 10, 2017
Getting your web design class up and running is easy with StudioWeb.
The steps are:
- We set up your StudioWeb classroom(s), where each student gets their own user ID.
- Teachers give students their IDs, and they log in and start with the HTML course.
- 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!
- You have the option to assign them projects that we provide. The projects start on ch3 of the HTML course.
- 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.
August 4, 2017
There are many approaches to teaching code. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of going with block-based coding, while others create code simulators, in an attempt to introduce coding to students.
We have a different and proven effective philosophy:
We teach code with actual coding … how radical!! Our courses are real-world centric: coders code with code, so we teach students with code, and the tools that coders use. And the results are in – it works really well!
Neither do we try to replace teaching techniques with gimmicks and games: good old fashioned teaching (that my father taught me), combined with years of actually coding experience, is the foundation of our coding curriculum, and as such, we achieve amazing student outcomes.
Students learn from 360 video lessons, quizzing and assignments
With StudioWeb, students learn to code with video, supported by instant quizzing, and code challenges. The code challenges that come after the video lessons, have students write real code as our StudioWeb engine evaluates it instantly.
In addition, StudioWeb provides 57 assignments that allow students to build real things (web pages, responsive sites, animations in web pages etc …) with the coding skills they acquire in the StudioWeb app. We also provide a grading rubric for the projects with 3 levels of assessment that make it easy for teachers to evaluate student projects. It’s easy to use.
The secret to our success?
StudioWeb has been refined over the last 6-7 years. Built with feedback from many teachers, and data from ~200k students.
Contact us, and we will be happy to set up a demo classroom for you.
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:
- 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:
“You 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,” 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!
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.
May 27, 2017
… 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?
- As teachers learn to code, they will also be learning the structure of the lessons, quizzes, projects and the code challenges!
- 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.
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.
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):
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
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