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StudioWeb: a Proven Vocational Code Curriculum

July 27, 2018

There is a growing awareness in the value of vocational education. For many students, college and university may not be their best choice, so it makes sense prepare them with valuable in demand skills.

With that in mind, it’s safe to say that coding and programming, is the 21st century vocational skill.

StudioWeb’s unique curriculum

A vocationally capable code curriculum is hard to find. In fact, I haven’t found any other than StudioWeb.

This is probably because to create an effective set of courses, that teach both practical coding skills and theory, the courses (and software) has to be created by someone who:

  1. Has teaching experience and skill.
  2. Has commercial experience writing code.
  3. Is an accomplished presenter and author.

Seven years ago, when I first designed the software and course structure for StudioWeb, I was able to pour into it my years of experience teaching code, creating courses, and writing commercial software. I believe this combination, was a key reason why StudioWeb’s curriculum has proven to be so popular with students and teachers.

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7 Web Design Teaching Tips for TEACHERS

January 31, 2018

In the video below, I go over my top 7 web design teaching tips for teachers. Here are the bullet points:

1. Use the spiral teaching method
2. Self paced learning is best
3. Encourage students to use online training resources
4. Web Design software is NOT important

…. Watch the video to learn the rest.

The video:

Thanks!

Stefan
StudioWeb

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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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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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Professional Development in Teaching Code

May 27, 2017

It is well known that code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python) is now an essential subject for students of all ages. Many US states and countries around the world, are making code a core part of their curriculum.

… 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?

  1. Teachers do the StudioWeb courses on the subjects they will be teaching … like HTML, JavaScript, Python.
  2. As teachers learn to code, they will also be learning the structure of the lessons, quizzes, projects and the code challenges!
  3. 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.

Thank you!
Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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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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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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Teach Website Development in Middle School

September 5, 2016

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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.

Thanks!

Stef Mischook
Killersites.com

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