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My Favorite Website for Royalty-Free Stock Video Footage

September 25, 2017

Hi!

I produce videos almost daily for my vlog, and for my education videos. To spice things up, I would run around my city to try and take interesting video to splice in. I can get good video footage, but the time it takes is not worth it given how affordable Videoblocks.com is: only $149 for the entire year!

… And let’s face it, there are only so many interesting places close by to take video. Videoblocks has a huge selection for a simple (no hassles) yearly fee, and no worries about copyrights!  Some the highlights:

  • Get studio-quality stock for a fraction of the cost with VideoBlocks.
  • Download all the stock video your heart desires from their Member Library, including HD footage, After Effects templates, motion backgrounds, and more.
  • Plus, get exclusive discounts on millions of additional Marketplace clips, where you save 40% and the original artists take home 100% of the sale price.
  • All content is royalty-free so you can use it for commercial and personal projects.
  • New clips are added regularly so there’s always something fresh to download.
  • We’re giving away 7 days of free VideoBlocks so you can try it out and get access to these huge discounts on their massive video library

Try a 7 day free trial at videoblocks.com/killersites (and if you like, sub up at 84% off!) … start downloading and get started today!

Check out my review video:

In interest of full transparency, this is a sponsored ad. But, I would not promote it if I didn’t think it was really good!

Stef

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Python Career Paths in 2018

September 28, 2017

Python is one of the most popular programming languages used today because of its’ simple syntax, and because it is a general purpose programming language. You see Python used in many areas:

  • Web app development
  • Ai and ML (machine learning)
  • Server operations
  • Data sciences
  • Robotics

New programmers have many choices in terms of Python programming careers. But Python alone is not enough for most of these career options, they all require supporting skills. For example, if you wanted to get into web development with Python, besides having to learn a Python web framework like Django or Flask, you will need to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

… The good thing is that learning the web languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript,) will be pretty easy for properly trained Python programmers.

Each of the above mentioned Python specializations (Ai, web development, data sciences etc …) all require different skills, and so each has their own career path to follow.

I cover these career paths and provide a step-by-step guide in my Python course that takes total beginners, and makes them into Python programmers. My students love the course.

Thanks!
Stefan Mischook

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Learning PHP more Easily by Learning Python … what!?

September 27, 2017

PHP is probably the best web app development language out there today for a bunch of reason technical, and market oriented. But it’s not the only language out there and it doesn’t have a monopoly of good programming.

Comparing Programming Languages

An important lessons that my 20+ years of programming experience has taught me, is that one of the best ways to learn one programming language, is to learn another! By learning different programming languages, you will start to gain deeper insights about your first programming language.

You can read the rest on killerphp.

Stef

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Easily Jump Start your Web Design Class!

September 5, 2017

This is a typical email we get from teachers:

“Hi, I have to teach a web design class but I don’t know much about code. Can you help?”

We sure can! Many teachers have come to us not knowing much about code, and so StudioWeb has been developed over the last 7 years, to be easy to use … even for teachers who don’t know code.

The most popular of our courses are the foundations languages used to build all websites and web apps:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Between the hundreds of video lessons, 1000 quiz questions (+ code challenges), and the 57 projects … you will have more than enough material to keep your students busy and engaged.

“… Students really enjoy the courses in part, because they quickly see that they are writing real code. The fact that the lessons are funny, helps a lot too!”

Phone and email support are free, and you get to speak to the course creator directly!! Feel free to contact us, and we will help you get your web design class up and running quickly.

Stefan
StudioWeb

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Make Images Round with CSS3

August 22, 2017

In the old days, we had to go to Photoshop (or some other image editor) to create rounded PNG or GIF files, to create images that were round. Now you can do this with simple CSS3 applied to your image:

style="border-radius: 50%;"

This is what my picture looks like without the CSS:

This is just one small example, where CSS3 makes much of what we used to do with Photoshop in web design, obsolete. If you want to learn CSS3, my CSS course in my IWD package will teach you fast!

Stef

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Inspire Students to Code

August 14, 2017

Happy to announce that StudioWeb is entering its’ 7th year!! Check out the new short facebook promo:

If you want to learn how you can inspire your students, check out StudioWeb.com

Stef

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Start Teaching your Web Design Class

August 10, 2017

Getting your web design class up and running is easy with StudioWeb.

The steps are:

  1. We set up your StudioWeb classroom(s), where each student gets their own user ID.
  2. Teachers give students their IDs, and they log in and start with the HTML course.
  3. 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!
  4. You have the option to assign them projects that we provide. The projects start on ch3 of the HTML course.
  5. We have a total of 57 projects between the HTML,CSS and JavaScript courses. Each project bound to a chapter in a course.
  6. 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.

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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HTML5 bases Apps versus Native

August 5, 2017

In this video I talk about why HTML5 based mobile apps are the better choice over native most of the time.

… Yes, I am a heretical nerd!

Stef

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Starting a Kids Code Camp

August 5, 2017

Everyone knows that kids should learn to code for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few:

  1. Opens up possibilities for future jobs
  2. Develops problem solving skills
  3. Develops logical thinking skills

… As such, we are starting to see the growth of coding camps for kids.

Schools are slowly introducing coding

Often times, schools have limited time and resources, and as such, it will likely be many more years until coding is part of core curriculum in many schools.

Parents around the world are taking the initiative to give their kids a headstart, and are enrolling them in code camps. These camps take place either during the summer months, or throughout the school year, after regular school hours. Many entrepreneurs are stepping up to meet this growing need.

What are the skills required to start a code camp?

Typically, if you are to teach code, you need a person who knows how to write code, and who knows how to teach as well. Not a common skillset, and not that easy for the average person to learn both skills.

Code camp owners have a few options: build these skills (which is a daunting task for most,) or hire a teacher/developer. But both options presents its’ own problems. Another solution is to use StudioWeb, a system that allows just about anyone to successfully manage a code class.

StudioWeb allows teachers to facilitate a code classroom

After 7 years of refinements, the StudioWeb app and code courses, allows anyone to lead a coding classroom. With StudioWeb, teachers don’t need to know the languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python), they don’t need to design the course lessons, the quizzing and student projects. With StudioWeb, you literally have a turnkey tool that automates the classroom.

… Among the many features, StudioWeb generates accurate grades, usage reports, and even awards badges and certificates that students can print and mount. All handled by the StudioWeb web application, and is practically effortless to manage. Teachers love it. Especially teachers who don’t know code!

Advantages of starting a code camp:

  1. No coding skills required with StudioWeb.
  2.  Great for stay-at-home moms!
  3. Very small startup cost, since most students will have a laptop, or the camp will only need to supply inexpensive Chromebooks and inexpensive headphones.
  4. Easy to get people excited to sign up to a camp.

If you would be interested in setting up a code camp, feel free to contact StudioWeb.

Stefan

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