Review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2013
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Haiku Deck

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Sparse word use and high-impact visuals help focus presentations

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts

  • Communication & Collaboration
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Tremendous amount of design choices, tutorials, images, and sharing options.

Cons: Very limited filtering of Creative Commons images.

Bottom Line: Captivating presentations, as long as users know the basics and choose appropriate images

Teachers who know the basics of the iPad and want to use Haiku Deck to create presentations for their class can essentially open this app and start creating within minutes. The tutorials and shared decks on the app's gallery also provide lots of ideas for ways to use the decks effectively. For teachers who want to offer Haiku Deck to their students, read the Teacher Appreciation Tips for using Haiku Deck in the classroom on the developer's blog. Also, check out the post Why Does Haiku Deck have a 12+ rating to learn more about the Creative Commons image search option, and for ideas for avoiding inappropriate images and sharing decks publicly or privately.

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Haiku Deck is a presentation-creating app that uses images and just a few carefully chosen words to make more impactful presentations with "decks" of slides. Teachers or students can choose from pre-loaded themes, millions of Creative Commons stock photographs, personal images, charts, graphs, and colors, and then add text to present information slide by slide. This PowerPoint-like tool is currently rated 12+ because some inappropriate images may appear when users search with keywords to look for images to include on a slide. With a teacher's oversight, those images could be avoided by previewing keyword searches or limiting images to those stored on your own device. The option to include private notes that act as a teleprompter for the presenter, as well as easy ways to share via email and social media, can assist more advanced presenters. Used wisely, Haiku Deck can be an excellent way for teachers and students to create eye-catching, focused presentations.

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Haiku Deck is only as good as the ideas, organization, and images brought to it. This app doesn't help kids learn the essentials behind building good presentations -- such as researching, organizing, and keeping the audience in mind -- but kids can learn to make wise decisions regarding the use of images and text. The engaging, clear tutorial decks and the well-designed interface empower teachers and kids to create fun presentations. Even though the design encourages limited use of words, text simply gets smaller to fit more words, so word-heavy presentations can be made on this app. The app searches millions of Creative Commons images, and even though it has a "naughty words" filter, some may appear.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids are engaged by a well-designed structure, visually attractive themes, and millions of image choices.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids create presentations or view others' decks. Sharing can help provide feedback. Haiku Deck doesn't teach the essentials of good presentations, but it's great for users who already know the basics.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Helpful tutorial decks. Data includes number of slides in each presentation and how many people have viewed public decks. Haiku Deck could become more kid-friendly with more image filtering options.

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Dana Villamagna Classroom teacher

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Maria J. , Technology coordinator
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Easy, intuitive, simple presentation tool

I've seen my share of student presentations that are copied and pasted from wikipedia and students basically face the screen and read the slides as if for the first time. Haiku Deck only allows minimal content so the student presentation takes the focus and not the supplemental PowerPoint. Haiku Deck is a great alternative to PowerPoint.

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