Teaching: EdTech Style

A new twist on old thoughts

Flash Cards

Flash cards are a traditional staple in the classroom that continues to be a timeless resource for teachers. Whether you use them to review or your students create them, they emphasize knowledge and comprehension but can quickly become higher level activity by allowing students to complete their own! However, basic index cards are not so pleasing or exciting to our ever digital millennial students. What to do?

Traditional Method

Flashcards commenced in the early 19th century for phonics instruction. Flashcards traditionally utilize active recall techniques by posing a question or word on one side of an index card letting the student recall the information. Later checking their answer on the opposite side of the card. Flashcards have stayed relatively unchanged but the idea to review or let students to create their own notes allows for a change in the delivery methods.


Let's take a look at a modern flash card experience and add a little something extra to your review lessons or give your students the power and ownership to create their own.


It is time to give flashcards a tech reboot!

Refresh It!

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Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is an online presentation tool that can be used on an iPad or web. The founders' purpose is to allow stunning, simple, and fun presentations without information overload. The slides lead with images, not cluttered text.


Make easy and engaging vocabulary cards for your classroom. Use it with lower and upper grades equally. Teachers can use it as part of their resources for teaching or provide this to students to use. It is open to any content area and can always be mixed or app smashed, with other programs to create better presentations.

It takes years, sometimes, to acquire vocabulary flash cards, many times at our own expense. Take it to the digital level for easier maintenance & storage. Best of all it is FREE!
Haiku Deck Vocabulary Tutorial

Sample of a Haiku

Haiku Deck in Action

Students in upper elementary can own the learning by creating their own set of haiku decks. Even more interesting is how these stunning visualizations can lead to very interesting visible thinking findings. Using I see, I think, I wonder, for instance, can enhance the thought process and engage students in deeper comprehension.
Shae teaches us about Haiku Deck

Alternatives to Haiku Deck for Vocabulary Activities

Need to see it in Action?

Get in touch with me to schedule a modeling sessions with your class.