Haiku Deck seems to share some similarities with Explain Everything. Haiku Deck however is more geared towards creating very professional looking slideshow presentations very easily. It also has access to the immense creative commons library of around 40 million+ images for free. New users can create an account by signing into social media
It doesn’t offer nearly as many types of features as Explain Everything, but what it does provide in terms of an online slideshow it does very well. It makes creating professional looking slideshows very simple which could then be exported to Explain Everything to add voice annotations or other features not available in Haiku Deck if needed.
Here is a short video from the Haiku Deck channel on Youtube which demonstrates a bit of what the app offers. Of particular interest is the availability of an iPhone option for this app as well which opens up the possibility of students working on their project at school on an iPad and continuing their homework at home on their phone.
(Note: many other videos are also available on their dedicated channel)
- It offers beautifully designed templates
- Easy registration through social media account
- Simple and straightforward interface
- Many free themes available
- You can manipulate text easily or add animated graphs
- You can add your own photos or choose from over 25 million creative common photos
The strengths of this app from my limited use appear to be the simplicity. I can see the possibility of students creating very professional looking slideshows very quickly even if they have no experience with PowerPoint. The app automatically makes adjustments for you to line spacing and even the size of the text to make it look best. This avoids forcing users to try and fiddle with settings on their own which is one less hassle to worry about for your students.
For students who aren’t very creative, or teachers for that matter, there is some inspiration readily available. You can browse the gallery within the app to see what thousands of other users have created. This even allows a sorting option to look at the most popular presentations this week.
After you have created your masterpiece it offers you a very simple way to save your project. You can save it to the website of the developer. There are choices to save for public view, private to only yourself, or a direct link which you can share. I believe that you might need to pay for the app to have unlimited saves for private viewing however. It also offers the ability to tag your project based on the category which should be very familiar to students from using Facebook. I can also imagine creating a unique tag for each class to make it easy to find. For example in my case for my 1st period class I might tell them to tag it as SeñorWood1 which would make it easy for me to look at all the projects from my 1st period class.
Here is just a very simple slide in preview mode I created with a background of a street in Barcelona, Spain.