Now that coding is widely recognised as a core skillset that students should learn, schools around the world are looking for code curriculums.
Too many code courses!
There are plenty of code courses out there, but unfortunately, the vast majority are created by coders who have no teaching skill, or experience. For adult students, you can get away with that, but when it comes to middle school and high school students, you need a set of courses created by experienced teachers.
What makes a great coding course for middle school and high school students?
It comes down to a few things:
The lessons have to be video based.
The video lessons have to be a reasonable length, otherwise students will quickly get bored.
A code teaching platform should provide instant feedback, and other incentives to engage students.
Code courses should breakdown concepts into small chunks that students can learn.
A teaching platform should provide flexible lesson plans and other materials teachers need.
Most of all, the courses have to fun!
Why use web design to teach code?
I am now going into my 7th year of working with schools to teach code, and I’ve seen great success with coding courses based on the coding languages of web design:
The web design languages teach 3 different TYPES of computers languages: markup, styling and programming.
Web Design can be taught on any type of computer. Compare this (for example,) to Apple’s Swift, you need to have expensive Apple hardware. Whereas with web design, you can teach it on Chromebooks, Windows, Macs, Linux computers and tablets!
Free web design code editors – so many to choose from! In fact, you can teach web design just using a simple text editor … every computer has one!
Web design is visual …. students see their work come alive on screen.
Web design is real! Watch student engagement skyrocket when they see their code do real things.
For schools and teachers who want to give their students an amazing coding experience, there is no better way than using the web design languages.
StudioWeb provides a fun interactive training platform and curriculum designed with the help of many teachers and their students across the US, Canada and places around the world.
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.
Everyone knows that kids should learn to code for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few:
Opens up possibilities for future jobs
Develops problem solving skills
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
… 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:
No coding skills required with StudioWeb.
Great for stay-at-home moms!
Very small startup cost, since most students will have a laptop, or the camp will only need to supply inexpensive Chromebooks and inexpensive headphones.
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.
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.
This August will mark our 7th year since StudioWeb first entered the classroom with our clear-cut, easy to use curriculum on web design.
We learn, to help you teach
It has taken a willingness to listen to teachers and students, visits to classrooms, and persistence to get StudioWeb to where it is today. With practically a 100% renewal rate, teachers of all web design skill levels, find our solid course curriculum and software, an invaluable teaching aid.
… In fact, having StudioWeb in the classroom is almost like having your own teacher’s assistant, who happens to be an expert at teaching web design!
There are about 100 elements that when combined, make StudioWeb’s courses so effective. But, after speaking with many teachers, I’d say the top features they mention are:
Instant feedback in the quizzing and code challenges.
Built-in powerful hinting – students can never get stuck.
Accurate auto grading by course, chapter and even the lesson!
There is so much more that makes StudioWeb so effective (student projects, 360 optimized video lessons, realtime tracking) … but in the end, all that matters is that your students will learn how to write code, and build websites they can proudly show their friends and family.
… Nothing motivates students like seeing their work produce real results!
If you would like to learn more or try a demo, please feel free to visit StudioWeb.com
… 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 you get both 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.
I am excited to announce our upcoming Python course: Powerful Python 3.
A beginners course covering Python 3, students go from an absolute neophyte, 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 recursive spiral teaching method that helps us to achieve great outcomes with students.
From a professor’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.