Editor’s Note: shortly after publishing this post, I received an email from the team at Haiku Deck with several links to help you transition from PowerPoint to Haiku Deck including:
Our 10 Step Process for Remaking a PowerPoint in Haiku Deck
How To Import PowerPoint or Keynote Slides into Haiku Deck
How To Incorporate Video into Your Haiku Deck
A Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosing and Fixing the 15 Worst Slide Problems
Haiku Deck is a superior app for oral presentations. First and foremost, it is filled with beautiful images that are free to use so students and teachers don’t have to worry about copyright violations when using the app. Understanding and abiding by copyright laws and respecting the the creative works of others is an essential component of responsible digital citizenship. Also, the app is easy to learn and use allowing students to spend more time on the creation process and less time on trying to figure out how to use the app. Sharing a finished Haiku Deck is also a breeze, as it can be posted to Facebook, Twitter, or a blog. It can also be shared via email, Keynote, or you can copy the Deck’s URL and paste it anywhere you choose.
The screencast below provides you with a brief walkthrough on how to use Haiku Deck. As you can see from the screencast, the app allows the user to create multiple slides but with a few words, keeping the audience engaged. And let’s face it, because we as Americans have short attention spans, we need to do everything we can to keep our audience hooked. Although I don’t have much personal experience with Haiku Deck, now that I am aware of its capabilities and how it can be used to create a highly visual presentation, I will consider it the next time I am assigned to give an oral presentation. One important aspect of Haiku Deck to mention, especially for students, is because of its limited text, students have to know their subject inside and out. They can’t rely on the app to do the presenting for them. The images that students use in the Haiku Deck should trigger the topic of each slide and it’s the students responsibility to elaborate on what is being shown on the slide and prove to the teacher they have an in-depth understanding of their topic.
To learn more about Haiku Deck and to stay up to date with the latest developments, including how you can use your iPhone as a remote control for you Haiku Deck presentations, visit their blog at: blog.haikudeck.com.
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Through the process of making this video I learned a lot about the app. I also learned the the importance of a script. In the video I could not think of a final great device, so I mentioned the CD player. I realize it’s not the 1990’s anymore. Perhaps I should have used Glass instead…