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Launch Announcement: Successful Teacher Accelerator Program

What is the STAR Program? SAM Labs' Successful Teacher AcceleratoR (STAR) Program is a free, personalized instructional coaching program aimed at creating superstar STEAM and coding teachers by utilizing SAM Labs tools and resources.
Feb 3, 2021

3 Things to Avoid While Teaching STEM, STEAM, and Coding in 2021

In the whirlwind of school reopening policies, social distancing, contact tracing, and all the uncertainty of 2020, educators and parents had to sail new waters all on their own. Breakout rooms and Google Classrooms provided only so much engagement for kids - and naturally, academic, social, and emotional learning suffered. 
Dec 9, 2020

Classroom Management Features in the Digital Classroom

Classroom Management is something that we know educators struggle with when they are physically in the classroom with students. Some students have behavioral needs, some students are just having a bad day, some students are maybe a little too excited and wound up to focus. Add distance learning and hybrid learning to the equation and now classroom management is that much more difficult.
Nov 20, 2020

5 Benefits of Open Ended Challenges During STEM, STEAM, and Coding

  My favorite moments of teaching are when I get to see students attack an open ended challenge! Facilitating the learning process as they develop their code or build their prototype is exciting in the STEM, STEAM, or coding classroom. Who wouldn’t love watching students get that puzzled look on their face as they brainstorm and think through a challenge? Offering open ended challenges allows us as teachers to take a step back and let our students take charge of their learning. We get to truly be a facilitator and push our students to think outside of the box while also continuing to check for understanding of background knowledge. 
Nov 20, 2020

Getting The Most Out Of The Digital Classroom Without SAM Blocks

Even if you haven’t purchased a SAM Labs kit yet, you can still use our new Digital Classroom! The digital classroom is a great tool for teaching STEAM and Learn to Code to students during distance learning, during hybrid learning, and even when in the classroom. By leveraging Nearpod to enhance interactivity and student engagement during lessons, our digital classroom takes teaching STEAM and Coding to a new level that can be experienced by current and new SAM Labs users.
Nov 4, 2020

2 Quick & Easy Distance Learning Strategies to Increase Rigor

Keeping students engaged can be a struggle during distance learning and that has been a major topic of concern, but what about keeping learning rigorous during distance learning? How do we provide students with meaningful and rigorous learning experiences that go beyond recall? How can we continue to set students up to develop computational thinking?
Nov 2, 2020

10 Top Features You'll Love in the Digital Classroom

  When we decided to adapt our STEAM and Learn to Code lessons for distance learning and hybrid learning we knew immediately that Nearpod would be the best platform. We also realized that by using Nearpod the STEAM activities and lessons we adapted could be used during in classroom learning as well as for distance or hybrid models.
Oct 27, 2020

4 SAM Studio Features To Get Excited About

Plans for building SAM Studio began when we heard that Google Workbench would be depreciated in December 2020 - it really has been a crazy year!
Oct 28, 2020

SAM Labs Releases SAM Studio

SAM Labs is releasing SAM Studio to educators on October 29, 2020.
Oct 28, 2020

Achieving Equity and Personalized Learning with the STEAM at Home Pack

How do we provide educational equity for all students? This has been a huge question in education and in today’s world. With COVID-19 affecting classrooms across the globe, this question has become that much more important to both educators and parents.
Oct 22, 2020

SAM Labs Announces a No-Tech STEAM at Home Pack

SAM Labs Announces a No-Tech STEAM at Home Pack STEAM at Home Pack - Computational Thinking Illuminating Living Rooms in the US, the UK, and Around the World.
Oct 22, 2020

2019-2020 Edtech Grants For Your Classroom, School or District You Need to Apply For

Grants and funding. You’ve probably heard about about them for pushing classroom initiatives, but it often seems like a lot of time, confusion and work to even consider as an avenue. For that reason, grants are often pushed aside as an option when more pressing daily tasks need to take place in schools.
Sep 30, 2019