haiku deck

Long story short, a haiku traditionally refers to a seventeen-syllable type of poem. It is typically divided in three phrases of seven, five, and seven syllables respectively, and it usually juxtaposes two different ideas which may relate to a central image or feeling.

Running kids, memories of when the time stood still 

The visual power that such a simple-looking form of poetry can awaken in the reader,  inspired Adam Tratt to come up with Haiku Deck, a free ipad application aiming to enhance presentations with a large database of images which the user can access to illustrate a core idea. As Richard Byrne explains, Haiku Deck intentionally limits the length of a text, and the user can search images when typing a word on the slides. This platform allows  to upload images from the users’ ipads, Instagram and Twitter.  This tool can be used from any computer connected to the web, and creations can be shared via Facebook or Twitter.

In my opinion, it is the features promoting interaction which make this application stand out from the all-known Power Point slides, plus it is quite more user-friendly. While many students hate the feeling of standing in front of a class to deliver a presentation, and the pertinence of this teaching resource has become debatable, Haiku Deck is optimal for supporting the story creation process. To my mind, once students have used this app, they may feel free to present their work to the rest of the class or not.  If a teacher decides to have students work in small groups and come up with let us say, their conclusions on a previously assigned literary text, group members have the possibility to use a number of thinking skills to select from a wide variety of images, summarize with a few words, and share their findings through their social network tools or the class portal discussion forums. Making an advertisement for a new product, how your parents met, the greatest family vacation, life in Mars, global warming, a school fashion show, you name it.

A number of students and teachers like to share their haikus on the web.

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