“Haiku Deck” | EdTech Tuesday | Professional Development

Welcome to EdTech Tuesday. I’m Rich Dixon.
And I’m Jennifer Gibson. Today we’re going to take a look at an app called Haiku, and
Jennifer, tell us a little bit about its price. Haiku Deck is the official name of the app,
and it’s a free app. So it uses a lot of open-source resources. Let’s dive right in. Haiku Deck
allows you to create presentations using images that are open-source. What I want to do is
bring up their sample, and basically right now you can see Haiku Deck telling stories,
and it’s a way to create presentations with visuals. You can use your own pictures and
you can also use the open-source pictures. Right here is an open source. For example,
you can pitch an idea. A student could use this to talk about something. Great for persuasive
presentations within the Common Core. And then Enliven a meeting, so they could even
have meetings, like town hall meetings, and different things like that. A class meeting,
they could really enjoy doing that. Here’s Summarize a talk, and one of the things that
Haiku Deck really promotes is “a picture is worth a thousand words.” So they have things
like that. It can be used for a blog; you can embed the haiku into a blog or website.
I could also see some use for students where blogs aren’t in play, but they could still
illustrate what they’ve been learning in a classroom. Exactly, it’s like a blog. A visual
blog. This one, Send a message of thanks, redemption, or congratulations. So, it’s a
way to send this off to someone that you know. Share a story, and this one is Introduce yourself,
so you could do a collage or montage about each student at the beginning of the year
using Haiku Deck. It’s a way to be persuasive, like you said, during a speech. Or maybe there’s
some side that you’re going to take. There’s Teaching a lesson, and this one is Ignite
a movement, so just encouraging. Haiku Deck is a really interesting one. The way it works
is you say I’m going to put together my haiku. I’m just going to call this one My Story.
It’s real simple, you can type right in. I was going to say, it looks really nice that
you can add text within here. I like it because I think it’s very simple and very clean and
a really beautiful presentation. One of the things is you can tap to edit, where you can
start typing in. We’ve looked at some other apps that don’t allow you to type text: this
one does, so you have a number of different things that you can do here. And you can add
additional. I’ll just put my name in here. It kind of has these templates and formats
that you follow. Then you can continue on, and there’s themes you can select. Some of
the themes do cost, so there’s in-app purchases. We talked about an open source, and open source
means the resources are available for anyone to use. I can pick this as my background theme,
and that one is free, but as I scroll along the top, you can see the dollar signs in the
right hand corner: those ones would cost some money. Let’s look at starship for example,
if we wanted that one. That one is $1.99. And there’s theme packs that you can buy that
go. Jennifer, what if I or students in the classroom choose to take their own photo?
Could they use a photo from, say, their camera roll as a background? How would that work?
It looks like we see Import here. I’m going to tap that. And it looks like I’ve got My
photos, or I can take a picture; that one’s certainly handy as well. So you can do that,
you can bring that in. That’s a great question. You have the option, let’s say a field trip
that you’re going to illustrate and talk about, you can bring in all those photos from that
trip. Or if you’re starting on a presentation, and let’s say you can’t find exactly what
you’re looking for, you can take the picture. Can we choose one out of your photos? Sure,
let’s go ahead and do My photos. It asks for permission, and you say OK. Why don’t you
pick one? Let’s go inside here, and I’m going to find one, let’s say that we had taken this
one – it looks like this is an image perhaps from somewhere else – but let’s say that we
had taken that. I’m going to click on Add image, now that background fits. Very nice,
and it’s customized just for you. So you can go ahead and create as many slides as you
want to talk about your story. And then when it’s time, just like we showed – I’m going
to say Not now, I’m not going to save it – when it’s time, you can then click on the Haiku
Deck and then play this. One thing I want you to see here: let’s say you’ve created
your Haiku Deck, it does have the share icon, so these are the options you have with share.
You have save and share, so you give it a title, you can make it public, private, restricted.
Jennifer, I want to take a moment because it’s worth highlighting here that the private
settings would be a really great way to protect student privacy. As with any student work
at all, whether there’s images, or in this case there are images, or not, we want to
make sure that we protect that student’s privacy and student data. I would recommend – what
would you do here in this situation? I’ve got a couple ideas. It depends on the purpose
of the slideshow. If it’s me as a teacher, I wouldn’t mind sharing it with other teachers
so they can collaborate. As far as the students, I agree with private or restricted, restricted
meaning they have a password to get on. This is stored on the Haiku website, which is a
partner to the app, so that you can go on and then show it. It’s stored in the cloud
and then accessible through the website. It’s also, like you saw before, your Haiku Decks
are on your iPad to use later. So we can see here, you’ve given an event, you’ve published,
and it’s ready to go. It’s a super wonderful tool, again free but with in-app purchases.
Any big pros or cons that we haven’t already touched upon? I think with this one as far
as pros, there’s the free, its being creative, accessible for everyone, easy to learn. Text,
we can type that, it’s a very easy layout. Cons would be that it has in-app purchases,
I want to address that. But I think you can work around all those things.

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