Haiku Deck

Common Sense Media says

Create eye-catching presentations with images and few words.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Extraordinarily easy to use. Excellent tutorials, both within the app and on the developer's website. Choosing themes, entering text, creating more slides, and editing work is intuitive and organized. Multiple template options help kids incorporate elements like graphs, charts, and styles to customize each presentation. The gallery of shared presentations gives users some examples of real-world use.

Violence

The Haiku Deck algorithm looks for relevant, Creative Commons license photos for searched keywords. Search for images using words related to violence, and some disturbing images of guns, blood, death, and war will appear. There's currently no option to turn filters on or off, although the developer says the app will have improved filter controls in the future.

Sex

There is a "naughty words filter" on Haiku Deck's image search. Search for images using the word "sex" and photos of bugs mating appear, along with "Similar Tags" keywords "aww, you, are, making, me, blush."  Images of couples kissing and other mildly suggestive images appear in related searches. No overt sexual images were observed during this review. There's currently no option to turn filters on or off, although the developer says the app will have improved filter controls in the future.

Language

There is a "naughty words filter" in operation on Haiku Deck's image search. Search for images using words considered profanity and photos of bugs mating appear, along with "Similar Tags" keywords "aww, you, are, making, me, blush." There's currently no option to turn filters on or off, although the developer says the app will have improved filter controls in the future.

Consumerism

The dollar sign ($) appears next to premium photo and themes. Premium images and themes can be purchased for $1.99 each or $14.99 for the complete "Bento Box."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The Haiku Deck algorithm looks for relevant, Creative Commons license photos for searched keywords. Search for images using words related to drinking, drugs, and smoking and images related to drug use, marijuana, drinking alcohol, and smoking will appear. There's currently no option to turn filters on or off, although the developer says the app will have improved filter controls in the future.

Privacy & safety

There's a very clear Haiku Deck-style Privacy Policy presentation on the developer's website. Some personally identifiable information is required to use portions of the app, and if you share your decks online or through social media others can see them.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • effort

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids are engaged by a well-designed structure, visually attractive themes, and millions of image choices.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • effort

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting
  • conveying messages effectively

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Kids can learn to make wise decisions regarding using online images, although optional content filters would be a useful addition. Kids with basic knowledge of presentations can use Haiku Deck's unique visual style to express themselves even more effectively.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free (in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 1, 2013
Category:Productivity
Size:45.30 MB
Publisher:Haiku Deck
Version:2.1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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