How I Use It
Personally, I've used it as a tool to introduce a unit. For ELL students, it's especially helpful to have the visual along with text to introduce new vocabulary. In addition to using the built in creative commons photos, I've also uploaded screenshots to make a presentation on teaching a new tool (like how to read and download our eBooks on a device). This is my go to tool when I just need simple text and bold photos.
Students have used it in presentations about a person or as a presentation to go along with a persuasive paper. There are a couple of things I've noticed that I now be sure to let students know before using Haiku Deck. First, it seems to work better in Chrome (compared to other browsers). A student was trying in Explorer, but it wasn't loading correctly. Second, when students sign up, they first have to choose if they are using the iPad or web version. That is just something small to point out when students are creating accounts.
Haiku Deck is my new favorite presentation tool. The fact that creative common photos are built right into the program is great. Students know the pictures are all safe to use, and the pictures are usually very high quality. They can also upload their own photos if needed. It's nice that you can switch between basic text, lists, and graphs. Currently, the iPad version has more themes, but the web version is really easy to use. Working in a high school where all students have a Google Apps account, it's easy for each student to create an account using that e-mail address. I think students find it's very easy to use, and it's fast since you don't have to search for photos on another website or search engine. It's a great alternative to PowerPoint, and the simple text stands out and looks professional. And, since photos are in the Creative Commons, the attributions are already included.
But, speaking of PowerPoint, if students download their deck to PowerPoint, they can then add videos and narration. It can then be set to run automatically. A huge plus with this is the photo credits are automatically at the bottom of the slide.