Tech Tip Tuesday

February 18, 2014

Tired of PowerPoint? Try Haiku Deck!

What is Haiku Deck? Haiku Deck is a completely new kind of presentation software. They try to keep it simple, beautiful, and fun. "Keep it simple by limiting your text and focusing each slide on a single idea. Make it beautiful by building your story around high-impact images and keeping your formatting consistent. And, most of all, have fun."

And, I think it is fun. And, so, so easy! You can upload your own photos, or you can use photos built into Haiku Deck. And, guess what, it's easy to find photos, too! There are millions of free, high quality Creative Commons licensed photos already built in. (learn more here.) All you have to do is search! You can even create charts or graphs within Haiku Deck, and multiline slides are a new option, too. When you finish, you can simply share the link through e-mail or social media. Or, your deck can be exported to PowerPoint (so you can add videos within the presentation), SlideShare, or as a PDF. When you export to PowerPoint, all of the photo attributions are automatically included on each slide. Nice!

Interested in learning more? Check out the Haiku Deck presentations below for examples. One of my favorite uses of Haiku Deck is when I'm starting a new unit. By combining words with images, it makes front loading the unit vocabulary easy (and hopefully easy to remember, too). If you want to create an account, I'd use Chrome, not Internet Explorer. Students have been having trouble with it loading correctly in Explorer.

See the video below for tips on signing up. And, check out even more Haiku Deck tips here. Enjoy!

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Benjamin Watson:

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