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Teaching Code in the Classroom made Easy

October 13, 2016


We’ve been refining StudioWeb over the last 6yrs, working with many schools and teachers. In fact, StudioWeb has been developed hand-in-hand with teachers, as tens of thousands of students have used it to learn to code.

… That’s a big reason why it is so effective.

You can teach the following popular coding languages with StudioWeb:

• CSS3
• JavaScript
• Python (coming January 2017)

StudioWeb’s unique features are:

1. Fun engaging lessons for students.
2. Practically no PD required for teachers who’ve never coded before.
3. Practically no prep – you can get up and running with as little as 30 minutes.
4. Powerful auto generated grades by course, chapter and even down to the lesson.
5. Over 50 projects to assign students and classroom activities.
6. Personal support: if you have any questions, you will be able to speak to me personally throughout the year.

Teachers and students love StudioWeb and so we have a 100% renewal rate. If you want to teach code, it can’t get any easier.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly: stefan (at)

Stefan Mischook

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Google Pixel is really about Google Ai

October 7, 2016


I recently watched Google’s presentation of their Pixel phones. The thing is, it wasn’t really about the phone, it was much more about Google’s push into more advanced Ai through Google Assistant.

Check out my video talk about it:



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Top 3 Code Training Tips

October 2, 2016


I’ve been coding for over 20yrs, and have been teaching code since 2003. I can boil all the experience down to three tips when learning to code:

You can learn to code easily with me, by taking my powerful course and training package.



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Teach Website Development in Middle School

September 5, 2016


When it comes to teaching web design and development, the common hurdle we have seen, is that many middle school and high school teachers are beginners themselves. We have solved this problem with StudioWeb.

StudioWeb is loved by teachers and students, because it makes teaching and learning code amazingly easy. It comes with everything a teacher could want:

  • assignments and classrooms activities
  • auto grading by course, chapters and lessons.
  • video based interactive quizzing and code challenges
  • easy to use grading rubric for the projects
  • open ended lesson plans
  • video walk-throughs of the app

… And much more.

Final comments for teachers:

You could be up and running in about 1hr! No prior coding experience required. We’ve been working with schools for 5 years to get StudioWeb to where it is today. StudioWeb is proven.

Check out this video where I interview students and their teacher (totally new to code) about StudioWeb.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to take a closer look.


Stef Mischook

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Scratch is not Coding

August 25, 2016
Scratch block
Scratch block

Schools are looking for ways to introduce coding into the classroom, and they have been told that dragging blocks on a screen is coding.

The most popular of these visual ‘code’ teaching tools, is an app called Scratch. The problem is, Scratch is not coding.

Here is a sample of some actual code – a little JavaScript:

function myFunction(p1, p2) {
     return p1 * p2;           

var person = {

Or how about some CSS3 code:

div {
    width: 300px;
    border: 25px solid green;
    padding: 25px;
    margin: 25px;

Now compare that above code snippets to the Scratch ‘code’ block in the top right.

Now as an educator, I ask myself if students will see the relationship between the Scratch block, with actual code? I personally don’t see it.

scratch cat
Scratch cat

A place for Scratch in a Code Curriculum

You could argue that Scratch is very simple programming, since you are controlling the character on screen with a series of commands. But given that nobody uses Scratch to do anything in the real world, why not teach students true programming and coding languages? With the right courses, lessons and supporting software, you can!

That said, Scratch can be used for elementary students in the 4-5th grade or younger, perhaps to introduce some basic coding concepts to students. But, I feel this will have a limited impact. Why?

Writing Real Code helps Internalize Concepts

I have been teaching code since 2003, and one thing that experience has taught me, is that the writing of actual code has a powerful impact in terms of understanding and internalizing coding concepts. It’s important to have students break out the code editor (a tool that coders use) and write code, break code and build actual projects.

… When students see their code come to life in real things, you will see their engagement skyrocket.

Hope this is helpful,

Stefan Mischook

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Teaching Code in a Home School Setting

August 24, 2016

studioweb-html-iconEveryone knows that kids who learn to code, will have a big advantage in the workplace and in life. Besides the fact that coding is a valuable skillset with an amazing number of high paying jobs, the mental training that comes with learning to code cannot be underestimated.

Homeschooling your kids in code

If you don’t know web design and coding, you need a structured curriculum that will gently teach your kids. Courses have to be easy to understand, fun and practical. Yes, practical: nothing motivates kids to learn when they see that they are building real things.

… What’s more fun for a kid, to learn to drive a go-cart, or a real car?

Which coding languages should kids learn?

Teaching your kids to code in any language is great, but I would say the most important and effective languages to teach are the languages of the Web:

  1. HTML5
  2. CSS3
  3. JavaScript

Besides being used to create all the world’s websites and web apps (ex: google, facebook, amazon), these coding languages are also a popular choice in creating games and mobile apps that work on iPhone, iPads, Android devices and even Windows mobile devices.

Another great thing about these languages is that they are visual: students see their code come to life in real-world projects. This touch of reality is far more engaging than writing code that moves a character around a screen in a simulator.


I’ve been coding since 1994, teaching code since 2003 and helping schools teach code over the last 6 years. That experience teaches you a lot about teaching. If you want to easily home school your kids in code, feel free to check out


Stefan Mischook

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My book tweeted at me

August 13, 2016


Some of you know, that I wrote a book last year. Sales are actually increasing. I like it when someone tweets a photo of my book:

web design start here book

You can pick it up on Amazon.



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What Pokémon Go can teach coders

July 24, 2016


In this video, I use the fantabulous example of Pokémon Go, to illustrate key app development principles. Here you go:


Stefan Mischook

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