For as long as we can probably remember using computers in the classroom, Powerpoint has been the “must use” for presentation software. I’m always surprised to go to teachers’ conferences and see sessions on “how to use powerpoint.” I understand that there are still those who aren’t using it, so I usually assume it’s due to frustration with the overload of options.
What do we do if we just want to make a simple presentation??
Over the last several years, a number of great solutions have come up, and today I want to share Haiku Deck.
Haiku Deck is a free resource (with options to pay for some special stuff, but it’s not necessary) which strips away all the funky fonts, crazy animations, slide transitions, complicated layering, and all the other tricks that make a barrier to entry for creating presentations.
Like the name implies,
Simple and beautiful slides,
Create and Publish.
At the end of the training I showed how to publish the decks. Here you can see the deck I created, simply embedded directly into this blog post:
If you’ve created your own class blog, this is a great way to share content on it.
Remember, if you’re trying to a lot of stuff and blend your presentation with other applications like movie software, etc, this probably isn’t what you want. But if you want something that’s so intuitive your kids can basically just pick it up and run (like you’ll be doing) AND you want things to look gorgeous while you do it – Haiku Deck may be your solution.