Our First EdTech SLAM!

Our First EdTech SLAM!

December 12, 2018 3 By JR

It’s not quite in the same flavour as the poetry slams I’ve attended, and no chanting at those who go over time, “you bastard, you’ve ruined it for everyone, but it was well worth it.” Today I facilitated the first EdTech SLAM! for our academic technology support group, and it’s December so the group was small but enthusiastic. We had 8 presentations today:

  1. Consults at a distance with ODIN and WebEx
  2. Building your BBL course site in 3 minutes (or less!)
  3. Quick intro to Exam Soft
  4. Intro to Padlet
  5. Click on Target with TopHat
  6. Student Created Video Assignments with Panopto
  7. Building Outside the LMS with WordPress
  8. Attributing CC Images from Flickr in one click (H/T)

This initial event was not themed, but I hope to theme future events around the 7 C’s created by Daniel Harding and Matthew Street. Details about the event are below. H/T to Matthew Cheung for hosting these at UAlberta and inspiring others to adopt the format.

EdTech SLAM!

Join us over at — where we will host an Educational Technology SLAM! We will be showcasing technology tips, tricks, and tools that are conducive to learning. All are welcome to attend and enjoy these free presentations.

What is a SLAM!?

Each presenter provides a three-minute overview that outlines the benefits, accessibility, use cases, challenges and solutions, and major usage tips for a technology or tool of their choice. This isn’t your typical slidedeck presentation. Presenters will actively show their tips and experience using the very tools they’re discussing. If you would like to hear about our upcoming events, please email —.

SLAM! Presentation Themes

Each time the event is hosted, we invite participants to submit a SLAM! idea for one of the Seven C’s for Classifying Learning and Teaching Apps(@danielharding and @Matthew_Street, 2018, CC BY-SA). For our first event, we simply invite our presenters to pick a tool and use case that enable you and/or your students to:

  • Captivate (Create interactive learning opportunities that engage)
  • Capture (Record and event, activity or artefact)
  • Check (Gauge students’ understanding)
  • Collaborate (Acts as a platform for collaboration and co-creation)
  • Connect (Communicate with students in real time or asynchronously)
  • Create (Build learning resources, from scratch or remixing existing materials)


  • Curate (Collect, organize, and share content)

Participate in Our First SLAM!

Our first SLAM! will take place on where presenters rapidly showed off tools, tips, and tricks ranging from web tools to classroom apps. If you are interested in presenting an edtech tool use case please complete the survey to present your ideas.


  • Welcome (5 min)
  • 7-10 presentations (3 minute slams)
  • Conclusion (5 min)

Feature Image: 2011/365/120 Technology Enhanced Learning This Way flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license