I stumbled across a great free app the other day. Haiku Deck bills itself as the alternative to Keynote and Powerpoint. After trying it out, it was very easy to use. I will be sure to use it the next time I present at a conference or professional development session. I immediately tried it out in a classroom of fourth graders who thought it was a slick app to make vocabulary cards with a little encouragement.
Using Haiku Deck is very simple. Pick a one of the six themes that come free with the app. The theme basically changes the font of what you are typing. You can buy more themes from within the app if you choose. There are three main control buttons to create your slides. The top button is the typing control. The middle button lets you choose from your camera roll, or from the Creative Commons images that Haiku Deck has available. Finally, when you have decided what you want to say, and what image to use, you simply select from one of the 14 layouts available. It simply moves your main title and your longer line of text around the photo background. You can also just have a main title, or just a line of text. Add as many slides as you like, and you are ready to present.
The fourth grade class that I used Haiku Deck with were taking a geometry test with plenty of vocabulary terms. We made the sample slides below together as a class. Next week, we are going to use the photos that they took on a walk around the school and have them start creating their own individually. I will post some of the student work later. I think Haiku Deck can be a valuable presentation tool for the upcoming school year.
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