Review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2018

Haiku Deck

Limited text and high-impact visuals help focus presentations

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Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
8–12
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Teachers say (36 Reviews)

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Pros: Tremendous amount of design choices, images, tutorials, and sharing options.

Cons: It's the little things that are missing, like image captions and the ability to "undo."

Bottom Line: Haiku Deck doesn't teach the essentials of good presentations, but it's great for users who already know the basics.

Haiku Deck is great for BYOD (bring your own device) classrooms because it's a web app and it works in any web browser (even on a phone). There's also an iOS app, though some features aren't available in this version. With Live Presentation mode, teachers can broadcast to student screens to engage students in their classroom or anywhere in the world. Haiku Deck is also a great tool for a flipped classroom. Using the audio feature, teachers can record instructions or a lecture to play with the slides, and then share the presentation with a link or download it and share/post the file. Likewise, students can record their own voices with their presentations and share with their teacher or classmates.

Haiku Deck Classroom provides private classroom galleries for sharing, or students can share with a link via email or within a learning management system (LMS). When students are removed from a class, they retain their work but their account becomes a Basic account.

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Haiku Deck is a presentation creation website and app (for iOS) that uses images, text, audio, and video to make impactful presentations with "decks" of slides. Teachers and 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. Presentations can be shared on the public web or via link, email, or social media. Presentations can also be exported as MP4 videos (with or without audio narration) or downloaded in PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides. Haiku Deck Classroom provides additional privacy and sharing options, including classroom galleries and integration with Google Classroom.

Haiku Deck is only as good as the ideas, organization, and images brought to it. It doesn't help students learn the essentials behind building good presentations -- such as researching, organizing, and keeping the audience in mind -- but students can learn to make wise decisions regarding the use of images and text. Even though the design encourages limited use of words, text simply gets smaller to fit more words, so word-heavy presentations can be made. Haiku Deck searches millions of Creative Commons images, and despite the built-in filter, something inappropriate may appear. Because all presentations made for free are public, and even Pro presentations are public by default, there are a lot of public presentations that students can browse and therefore remix. While this can be a great way to share ideas, it's also an easy way to plagiarize.

While younger students would certainly be able to use the features of Haiku Deck, it's recommended for grades 8-12 because of potential inappropriate images in the image search feature and limited student privacy options at certain subscription levels. Regardless, if used wisely, Haiku Deck can be an excellent way for teachers and students to create eye-catching, focused presentations.

Overall Rating

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

A well-designed structure, visually attractive themes, and millions of image choices help students feel like a presentation pro.

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

Sharing options are great for communicating ideas and soliciting feedback, but a one-size-fits-all approach gives students little control over visual details like text size and image placement.

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 tutorials explain the product in detail, but navigation quirks and limited accessibility features may frustrate some users.


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Featured review by
Kathleen S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Archbishop Ryan High School
Philadelphia, United States
Allows students to easily create beautiful presentations that are as poetic as its name implies.
I like this product for its simplicity, elegance, and usefulness. It supports teaching students to create presentations that foster extemporaneous explanation instead of reading from the slides. It exports beautifully to various social media sites and is easy to send in an email. I would like to see a little more with how to use the features of the tool box.
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