App #7: How do you present information from research projects? Usually we default to PowerPoint. Another option is Haiku Deck for all platforms. I wrote about this app for the iPad before (click here). The presentation software offers a beautiful, yet simplistic way to to share information. Each slide offers options for layout, format (bullet points), images (including charts). While images can be imported from drawings or camera photos, a search of the web will pull up images that are copyright free (licensed under Creative Commons). [This would be a great time to practice the value of refining search terms.] And now you’ve struck on the secret of powerful presentations – spectacular focused images that resonate with emotion and bring words to life. It is images that the brain gravitate towards and remembers.
Other features include a Notes section where you can record additional information as a memory jogger for your speech (very handy as this doesn’t show up on the projector screen when you present). Of course we can’t forget the multiple ways that it can be published (on the iPad, synced to the web, as download, email attachment, or opened in another app. And double yes – it is device agnostic, meaning that the program can be created on any device. As a teacher I won’t need specific programs on my computer to launch the student created decks, just access to the web.
How can you use this in your work or in the classroom?