What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Haiku Deck is a presentation-creating app that uses images and a few carefully chosen words, like a Haiku, to make more impactful presentations with "decks" of slides. This PowerPoint-like tool is currently rated 12+ because some inappropriate images may appear during images searches. With a parent's oversight, however, those images could be avoided by previewing keyword searches or limiting images to those stored on your own device.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- producing new content
- set objectives
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are engaged by a well-designed structure, visually attractive themes, and millions of image choices.
Baked-in learning lets kids create presentations or view other users' decks. Sharing can help provide feedback. Haiku Deck doesn't teach the essentials of good presentations, but it's great for users who already know the basics.
Helpful tutorial decks. Data includes number of slides in each presentation and how many people have viewed public decks. Haiku Deck could become more kid-friendly with more image filtering options.
What's it about?
HAIKU DECK is a visually impacting way to present information. Simply tap "+" to create your first slide, choose a theme, search for images to use or use an image from your camera roll, insert text, use graphs or charts, and change the layout. When satisfied, create the next page. You can insert private notes that only the presenter can see, and tap the Play button to preview your "deck." Decks can be shared via web browser, email, and social media, or publicly on Haiku Deck's gallery.
Is it any good?
Haiku Deck's sparse word use, visual impact, and slide-by-slide focus on main ideas make this a go-to app for creating presentations, stories, and albums that can engage kids in both the creating and viewing process. This may be an ideal app for first-time presenters, if guided by a parent to avoid inappropriate images. It's also a powerful, thoughtful tool for creating advanced presentations at the highest levels thanks to the option of including private notes that act as a teleprompter for the presenter, as well as easy ways to share via email and social media, private viewing or public sharing, and more.
Still, Haiku Deck is only as good as the ideas, organization, and images brought to it. Even though the design encourages limited use of words, word-heavy presentations can still be made on this app, just like any other. Also, the app searches millions of Creative Commons images and -- even though it has a "naughty words" filter and its developer offers ideas to help reduce run-ins with inappropriate images -- some may appear. Users need to know the basics of good presentations and careful image selection to use this innovative, fun app effectively.
Families can talk about...
View the tutorial decks on the app and the Haiku Deck blog to find out more details on how to avoid inappropriate images.
If your kid has a school report or presentation to complete, review some of the basics of good presenting before using Haiku Deck.