Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Create Beautiful Presentations With the Haiku Deck Web App

Haiku Deck  is a fantastic tool for creating slideshow presentations. It was originally released as an iPad app. It is also available as a web app. The best aspects of Haiku Deck are the integrated image search and the automatic resizing of text. As you type text on each slide, the text automatically shrinks to fit in the space allotted. The shrinking text feature is great for encouraging students to minimize the use of text in their slide designs. On each of your slides you can add images of your own or search through Haiku Deck’s library of Creative Commons licensed images. All Haiku Deck presentations created on the web can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, and email. All presentations can be exported as PPT files. And all of your presentations can be embedded into blog posts and web pages. In the video below I demonstrate how to create a Haiku Deck presentation through their free web app.

The thing that I’ve loved about Haiku Deck from day one is that its design tools help to focus students on telling a story with pictures and really knowing their material instead of relying on large chunks of text on slides. The integrated image search includes Creative Commons licensed images to help students find pictures that match their stories.

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