I am a teensy bit obsessed with Haiku Deck at the moment. Ok, more than a teensy bit. It’s my current go-to for presentations.
Haiku Deck is similar to Powerpoint, only it’s less wordy and looks far more classy. There are also no cheesy animations or sound effects, so it’s perfect for student presentations! It relies on being very succinct, so it’s great for use as prompts for discussion and also helps to avoid ‘death by Powerpoint’.
There is an iOS app available, which is very easy to use, as well as a web version. I find it easiest to create decks using the app, although you can create them on the web as well. There’s no reason it’s easier on the app, it’s just a personal preference.
To begin with, click the plus button to create a new deck. It’ll ask you to give your presentation a title before beginning.
Once you’ve done this, you’re brought to the slide editing screen:
Here you can choose the theme for your deck – some are free, some require payment. Inserting text simply requires tapping on the appropriate part of the slide and entering it. There are no options to edit the text formatting, beyond altering the theme for each slide, however you can choose the format:
There is a fantastic image search tool available. Haiku Deck uses the text that you’ve used on the slide to create potential search terms. There is a big range of Creative Commons images available, and you can also import your own images or simply choose a solid colour background. Also available is an option to insert three different types of charts.
You can alter the layout of the slide:
Once you’ve chosen all of your options, you can click the plus sign to add another slide. Note that if you don’t want to insert the extra text available, the prompt disappears when you view the presentation:
Finally, you can save and share your deck. It won’t appear on the web version until you’ve done this. You can keep it private, restrict it so that only those with the URL can see it, or make it public. You can also choose from a range of categories it publish it under.
It does lack a lot of the features of more traditional presentation tools, but as I said earlier, it’s great for use as a basis for discussion rather than relying on a script. It’s also great for student use, as they spend less time on making rainbow fonts and playing with animations, and more time getting to the heart of their work. It’s definitely worth looking at.