Haiku Deck – Simple and beautiful slideshow creation

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Haiku Deck is a free slideshow creating app.  It is a completely new kind of presentation app designed to make your slides stunning. It allows you to create unique presentations with artistic flavor.  It allows you to pull a large database of striking background and images from the web. It is best to show a chart, image or screenshot with fewer words to describe it.

Units

Presentation Tools

Duration

1.5

Standards

Communication, Communities, Comparisons, Cultures

LEVEL

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate, Novice

WEBSITE

Visit Haiku Deck Website

OS

PC or Mac

PREREQUISITES

None

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • sign up and create a new account in Haiku deck
  • choose the theme for your slideshow
  • choose images from your own library as background for your slideshow
  • search for the image from Haiku deck’s library and use it as background for your slideshow
  • change the layout and text style in Haiku deck
  • add new slides into your Haiku deck
  • share your Haiku Deck presentation with your students
  • export Haiku deck file to PowerPoint

MATERIALS NEEDED

None

Step-By-Step Instructions

What is Haiku Deck?

Haiku Deck is a free slideshow creating app.  It is a completely new kind of presentation app designed to make your slides stunning. It allows you to create unique presentations with artistic flavor.  It allows you to pull a large database of striking background and images from the web. It is best to show a chart, image or screenshot with fewer words to describe it.

How to use Haiku Deck?

The following image illustrate how you can use Haiku Deck

  • To get started, go to App store to search for Haiku Deck,  install it and open it up

  • This is the opening screen you see.  Click on the play button in the middle to play the few demos

  • Tap on the right-arrow at the bottom of the screen to go through a few screens which show you what Haiku deck can do for you



  • Tap on the Let’s Go button to get started
  • To create a new account, you can either use Facebook, Twitter or email

  • To create a new slideshow, tap on the plus sign and name your new deck

    • From this screen you can see the basic editing tools: (1) theme selector, (2) text editor, (3) background image selector and (4) layout option

    • Tape on THEME to select a theme from the five themes that came with the free app or do more purchase at their store.  A lot of what make this App special is to choose the unique theme for your slideshow.

    • To add text, tape on the Text icon first then tap on the slide to type

    • To access the background, tap on the blue background icon, choose the color for the background

      Or choose pictures based on the key words Haiku find in the text you typed or key words you can search for.  It also makes suggestions for you based on what you search. Haiku has a lot of images you can choose to jazz up your presentation.

      You can also add photos from your own library by taping on the import button.  Tap on the green Done button when you are done.

    • Tap on the layout icon to change the layout for your slide

    • Add a new slide, press the + icon at the bottom right corner

    • Tap on the right arrow icon in the upper right corner to view your deck (slide) and then you can swipe through your slides.

    • Double tap to return to the editing screen

    • From the Main Menu screen you can view, edit all your decks and this is also where you can share and export your deck.  Choose the right setting for your deck, and then tap on the Publish button.  You can post your deck to Facebook, Twitter, or email the link to view.   When you export the deck, it will send an email with slideshow attached as PowerPoint file which you can further edit.   However, each slide of the deck is simply a picture so the text can’t be moved or edited.  If you want to find some quick tips, the question mark icon in the right corner shows you where to find and what you need.

    • These are the basics for Haiku Deck.  It is great to add some spices to simple presentation.  The creative images Haiku gives you access to, the simplicity of deck creation make this app an efficient fun tool!

    How can you use Haiku Deck in the classroom?

    Suggestions for Language Class Use:

    Since Haiku deck can be best used to create simple, beautiful and stunning presentations, it is best to ask students to create simple presentations by searching for culturally related images  and using them in the presentations together with the target language.  For example, in your lesson you have talked about the inventions in China, you can then ask students to search for images like compass, powder, etc.in Haiku’s library, use these images in the presentation together with the Chinese words like 指南针, 火药, etc.  Tell students to take advantage of using Haiku deck’s beautiful themes and layout to create their presentations, export them into PowerPoint, then import them to Brianshark.  They can then narrate each slide in Brainshark, share the narrated presentations!

Additional Resources and Works Cited

None

Activity Management

  1. Introduce Haiku Deck and give an overview of the functionality.
  2. Show learners how to create an account.
  3. Walk learners through the process of creating Haiku Deck slideshows
  4. Show learners how to make their file available for viewing by their students.
  5. Brainstorm on ways that the learners plan to integrate Haiku Deck into their classroom activities.

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