DEN Techformation:Haiku Deck by Jessica Donaldson

A post by Jessica Donaldson:

Creating a simple, but beautiful story just got easier for the iPad. Haiku Deck [], an app by Giant Thinkwell, allows users to choose from a library of stunning images that are licensed under Creative Commons. However, like its 5-7-5 syllable Japanese poem namesake suggests, the “beautiful” part of Haiku Deck is in its simplicity.

There is a time and a place for PowerPoint and Keynote, but if you’ve ever used either one with students or novice adult users, then you know that most “slide presentations” tend to be more about the overuse of animations than the content or the visual appeal of the slide itself. Once you launch the app on your iPad, you will quickly notice that Haiku Deck limits options that users have in regards to placing text or formatting a slide in general. Anyone who has taught a digital storytelling lesson using iPads with students will appreciate the app’s ability to browse for images without leaving the app- a priceless time-saver! Gone are the days of launch Safari…browse for images…save to the camera roll…relaunch storytelling app…allow app to connect to photos…search through camera roll…insert image. Keyword search for images directly from the Haiku Deck app and insert them onto a slide. Simple.

Sharing a Haiku Deck you’ve created is also easy. You can embed into your blog (see below), or share a link via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Additionally, the website boasts a Gallery for projects shared- you or your students can submit a story and see if it is selected to be featured on the site. Aside from the Gallery, the site includes a blog which is updated pretty regularly [] that shares some great tips and tricks for creating presentations.

Imagine using Haiku Deck to create Six Word Memoirs with your students, or with faculty and staff! Inspire great ideas at your next PLC meeting. Maybe even stage an IGNITE or Pecha Kucha session in your Media Center! Haiku Deck provides the images and a few steps to help, all you need to provide is your imagination.

Embed Haiku Deck

Instructions for HTML

Copy the source code to your site:

<iframe src=’’ width=’640′ height=’511′ frameborder=’0′ marginheight=’0′ marginwidth=’0′></iframe>

Instructions for WordPress

If you host your own WordPress blog, paste this code into the body of your post. Make sure the URL appears on its own line:

<a href="">



How else might you use Haiku Deck? Download the app on your iPad  [] and then share your idea in the comments below!


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  1. Adam Tratt said:

    Thanks for sharing our app with your readers, Tom! Glad you like it and happy to have you as part of our creative community. We’ve got tons more inspiration for teachers up on our blog ( as well as in our gallery ( in case your readers are interested in learning more.

  2. Jan said:

    My students love Haiku Deck. They use it to respond to stories they have read. It is particularly useful, because we can embed it on our Journeys Response Blog.

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