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Open Ended Lesson Plans for Code Courses

March 3, 2017

The most effective lesson plans for coding classes are open ended. What we’ve discovered over the years, is that successful and easy to run coding classes, adopt an open ended structure, where students can learn at their own pace.

… Trying to force students to learn coding in unison on a daily basis, is not only unrealistic, you are creating a situation where many problems can arise.

Open ended lessons that leverages the spiral teaching method

The spiral teaching method is perfectly suited to teaching code. As such, the StudioWeb curriculum and application are designed around the spiral teaching method. This is expressed within each course, but also across the core curriculum, that includes the foundation web design languages:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript

The spiral teaching method also makes open ended lesson plans easier to implement. Both strategies are a natural fit.

StudioWeb makes code easy to teach and easy to learn!

With StudioWeb, teachers will be able to keep all the students busy and engaged, and nobody will be left behind. Since students can learn at their own pace, and get instant help and feedback from the StudioWeb software, students will not feel pressure from their classmates.

After six years of real-world classroom use and refinements, StudioWeb makes it easy for any teacher to successfully lead coding classes, even those without any coding skills themselves!

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

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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StudioWeb’s Amazing Teacher Support

March 1, 2017

StudioWeb has been refined over the last 6 years, as we listened carefully to teachers and students. As the founder, I knew that it was important for me to be on the frontline (if you will,) so I could hear first hand, what teachers and students were saying. I took the support calls and emails.

Still today, I personally handle the support request because it helps me direct my developers to make StudioWeb even better. Teachers win because they deal with me directly, and StudioWeb benefits from direct feedback that’s been so valuable over the years.

Teachers get 1-on-1 phone support with the course creator!

Teachers using StudioWeb will have direct access to me … I’m happy to take your calls and emails.

If you are a teacher who is unsure of coding, or even doesn’t know a thing about coding, you can rest assured that I will be there to support you.

That said, you will be amazed at how easy it is to teach, when using StudioWeb. Many teachers who use StudioWeb, have never taught code before. We have a 100% renewal rate!

A little confession: StudioWeb is pretty refined, so we get very few support request! That’s one reason I can personally take the support calls.

Course curriculum integration

StudioWeb is a blend of both a web application and course content, who’s structure has evolved together. It follows the same philosophy Apple uses with iOS and iPhones, to be able to deliver that super smooth, and easy to use experience.

Just last year we recreated (from scratch,) our foundation courses (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP) so we could include what we learned in the prior years.

In fact, I wrote and published a book on web design and coding, to help me plan the new curriculum.

The results?

Student outcomes are amazing! With the new curriculum, average grades from have skyrocketed from the low 70’s, to the high 80’s and 90’s. And we are covering much more material.

Teachers love StudioWeb, because it removes all the uncertainties in teaching a classroom full of middle, high school and even college level students.

If you have any questions, or would like to demo StudioWeb, please feel free to contact me.

Stefan Mischook
1-855-932-8091

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Python 3 for Middle School and up – coming soon!

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.

Thanks!
Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Updates to StudioWeb for 2017

February 16, 2017

Hi,

Updates to StudioWeb for fall 2017:

  1. StudioWeb 2 will be retired this year, and all new classrooms will be deployed to the StudioWeb 3.
  2. We are renaming (and updating) Beginners HTML to HTML5 since it is much more than a beginners course.
  3. We are releasing a NEW Python course.
  4. We are now providing a grading rubric for the projects – usable even for teacher who don’t know code.
  5. We are adding to the HTML5 course projects, including lessons from teachers who have used SW in classrooms.
  6. Student time tracking will be back this year.
  7. 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:

– html
– head
– title
– body
– p
– div
– img
– doctype
– a
– h1-h6
– hr
– br
– ol,ul,li
– dl,dt,dd
– strong
– form
– input
– select
– textarea
– 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!!!!

Regards,
Julia

A quick note about JavaScript

JavaScript is the most popular programming language in the world, and it’s demand is growing because of server side JavaScript programming.

JavaScript engines and frameworks like Node.js and Express.js are driving JavaScript’s usage through the roof. It’s a very serious language where companies like Netflix are using it in it’s core product.

JavaScript is very versatile in terms of where it is used:

  1. websites and webapps
  2. browser game development
  3. server side coding with projects like Node.js and Express.js.
  4. mobile app development using middleware frameworks like Adobe PhoneGap:
    http://phonegap.com/

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:

https://amzn.com/1440341125

If some teachers prefer reading, they can get up to speed this way. Though it is not required.

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
Studioweb.com

1-855-932-8091

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Python Course for Middle School

February 6, 2017

I am happy to announce that we will be releasing a new course for schools: Powerful Python 3. Part of our collection of coding courses, designed specially for classroom learning.

Powerful Python 3 is designed for students (and teachers) who are totally new to code! The course is made up of easy to follow video lessons, followed by fun and effective quizzing and code challenges.

… Like all StudioWeb courses, we provide a complete curriculum that includes projects, a grading rubric and our powerful auto-grading system that provides accurate grades by course, chapter and lesson.

StudioWeb’s Python course will finally make learning and teaching Python, easy for the novice coder.

Please feel to contact us if you have any questions!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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