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March 7, 2017

Time for a little shameless self promotion!

Yes, after 6 years of working closely with many teachers and schools, we are proud to say that StudioWeb is an amazing tool for teachers and an amazing learning experience for students.

No matter who you ask, teachers and students love StudioWeb! That’s why we have 100% renewals!

You learn more on StudioWeb’s blog.

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Python Programming Certification

March 4, 2017

Coming for summer 2017, StudioWeb will be offering a Python certification course. Like all our certificates, it is a two stage process to be StudioWeb certified:

  1. Students must successfully pass the StudioWeb Python course.
  2. Upon passing, students are eligible to take the Python Certification exam.

Printable certificates with unique verifiable IDs, will be issued to those passing the certification exam. Certificate IDs are unique to the certificate and are verifiable live against our StudioWeb certificate database.

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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Python Course for College Students

February 27, 2017

Our new course ‘Powerful 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 Powerful Python 3, teaches students how to use conditional statements and a loop, to animate with the Python Turtle module:

Powerful Python 3 will be released in April 2017. Like all StudioWeb courses, Powerful 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 17, 2017

We’ve released some very significant updates to StudioWeb this year, both in terms of the course content, and the application. Here is a short list:

  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.

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Business of coding tip #1: A great way to improve your coding – take a break!

February 16, 2017

I’ve been building websites and building apps since the early 1990’s. In that time, I’ve learned many different languages, and explored many different strategies when it comes to writing good code.

This is going to be my first blog post on the business of coding. In this series, I will not be getting into the finer details of writing code (I cover that easily in my courses,) instead, I will talking about things that only 20+ years of development experience can teach you. But if you follow this series, you will learn these useful tips much more quickly!

Tip #1: Giving time for your mind to rest will pay dividends in your coding and business career.

Now watch the video.

Stefan Mischook

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What do you think about codathons/hackathons?

February 11, 2017

Someone on my YouTube channel asked:

What do you think about codathons/hackathons?

My answer:

I am not a big fan of them because there is so much work out there. You could be getting paid to code (and learn) rather that doing a hackathon.

In addition, the only way you get coding chops, is by building real apps for real clients. One thing a lot of developers miss, is that being able to manage a project has a lot to do with managing non-nerd clients … you only get that experience in the real world.

I used to see the same sort of thing in martial arts, where certain styles are really big into drills and exercises. The problem is, that they put much less (if any) time into actual fighting.

… Then they take a beating when they are unlucky enough to mix it up with someone who spent his time sparring, rather than running through drills.

That said, the more code you write the better, so codathons will improve your abilities no doubt … but nothing compares to the real thing. Pick your analogy! 🙂

Stefan Mischook

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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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How to Teach Code in the Classroom

November 29, 2016

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In 2010, I decided to build an app that would make teaching and learning code easy, for middle school students and up. The first version hit schools a year later – that’s when the app started to really take shape.

Since that time, StudioWeb has gone through many changes reflecting our experience, as more and more schools used StudioWeb in classrooms. This summarizes what we’ve learned:

  1. Gamification of the learning process is important. StudioWeb was gamified from the start, but we expanded the features over time, making StudioWeb even more engaging.
  2. You need to let teachers and students tell you what works, and what doesn’t work with your app and courses. Bugs were crushed, features added AND some removed.
  3. Visit schools, talk to students and teachers. Refined accordingly.
  4. Continually update incrementally to gauge each change properly.
  5. Develop courses that integrate with your app based on years of input from users, and from raw data derived from people using your system.

Result:

StudioWeb is now a powerful turnkey system that makes teaching and learning code amazingly easy and fun. Students are super engaged, and teachers are relaxed as they facilitate StudioWeb based classrooms.

Stefan Mischook

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Teaching Code in the Classroom made Easy

October 13, 2016

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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:

• HTML5
• CSS3
• JavaScript
• PHP
• SQL
• 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) Studioweb.com

Stefan Mischook

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Google Pixel is really about Google Ai

October 7, 2016

Hi,

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:

Thanks,

Stef

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