Wednesday, January 2, 2013

First Grade Haiku Deck

The week before break my first grade students tried Haiku Deck for the first time. I have wanted them to create a presentation, but Keynote has seemed a bit involved. Haiku Deck is perfect. All students were able to create a 3-5 slide presentation in 20 minutes, depending on how long they took choosing photos and their typing speed.

Haiku Deck makes creating slides very easy. There are about 5 fonts to choose from in the free version and about 10 layout possibilities. Students can type in "main idea" and a "detail" boxes and add 1 photo per slide from either the camera roll or photos provided by Haiku Deck (there must be thousands of those). The app is rated 12+ but when I played around with searching Haiku Deck photos I didn't find anything that was inappropriate. I did tell students they had to tell the search term they were going to use before they did it. Animals were especially popular and I asked students to use adjectives to describe the photos.

Students had a great time and were really disappointed when the activity time was done. This is a great go-to app for "showing what they know" in a visual format with topic highlights.

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