Mr. Michael Vaughn

Instructional Technologist at Elon University


A super nice member!

I teach ages: 19 to 22+


April 3, 2013

Haiku Deck is a simple app that allows your students to quickly create and share beautiful presentations.


* It’s dead simple to use. Seriously. You could teach this app in 10 minutes, or just let your students teach themselves using the included Demo presentation.
* Haiku Deck has built-in Flickr integration, which allows students to search for Creative Commons photos within the app.
* You can also use photos on your iPad or in Dropbox, Instagram, Facebook, or Picasa.
* The minimalistic text layouts force students to use their words wisely and tell a more visual story. I’m all on board for this since it supports a Presentation Zen philosophy of design.
* Students can easily share presentations on the web through Presentations posted on the Haiku Deck website can be embedded in other web pages. There are three privacy settings in the app, including Public (anyone can see), Private (only you can see), and Restricted (only people with the link can see).
* KILLER FEATURE: If you use CC photos from Flickr, it will automatically insert the proper attribution to the photographer. If you view a Haiku Deck presentation on an iPad or the Haiku Deck website, the attribution includes live links to the photographer’s Flickr page. If you export it as a document, the links become flattened into the images as text.


* The built-in CC search engine that digs through Flickr cannot prevent inappropriate images from being displayed. You’ll get the same content warning you’d see if you were to download an app like Google Chrome for iOS.
* You can export your Haiku Deck presentations in PowerPoint format by emailing it to yourself. However, the images will be scaled down (not as high quality as they could be), and the text will be flattened into the image (preventing you from editing the text in PowerPoint).
* The app does not (currently) display presentations that are accessible to the blind or visually impaired, though this can technically be done by modifying the presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote.
* You have to be willing to give up control over the styling in the presentation. This isn’t as hard as it sounds.
* You can’t change the slide size when you create or export a presentation, which is 1024×768 by default. The app’s creators have been aggressive about updating it with new features, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they’d add a widescreen format in the future.