MonthMay 2013

Telling Your Story

Your Story

We believe everybody has amazing stories to tell. Yes, you! And we’d love to hear your story, in Haiku Deck form.

Here’s an example I particularly love, from Haiku Deck Guru Megan Hunt:

Hi I’m Megan – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

You see, Haiku Deck isn’t just for stand-up-and-talk-to-a-crowd presentations. It’s a unique, fun way to introduce yourself–to say what you’re all about, what you believe, and what makes you tick. I’ve posted my own Haiku Deck story on our websiteadded it to my LinkedIn profile, and shared it with people I’m collaborating with but haven’t had a chance to meet in person. (Click to view the full Haiku Deck with notes.)

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Share Your Presentation Online: Haiku Deck Web View

Put Your Presentation Online

One of the best things about Haiku Deck is that you can view decks from any web-enabled device — a laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone. In the Haiku Deck web view you can enjoy each presentation online in its full glory and get a snapshot of all the key information —  the description, author, views, category, and public notes). You can browse decks, share your own creations or decks that inspire you with your social networks, and even embed or download a deck, all from one place.

Web View

Here’s your Haiku Deck presentation online at a glance.

(You can explore yourself and check out the deck we’re showcasing below, featuring communication tips from Haiku Deck Guru Lois Zachary, here.)


Whether you’re a sit-back-and-relax viewer or a quick-on-the-trigger keyboarder, there’s bound to be a slide viewing option you’ll love. Here are the options—give them all a try to see what works best for you!

1. Use the controls in the top right corner. Click > to advance one slide or < to go back. Press the gear icon to access auto-advance timing and looping, which is great for running your presentation in kiosk mode.

2. Click anywhere on the slide to advance to the next slide.

3. Tap your spacebar to advance one slide.


The best way to set your story free is to share your decks with your social networks! You can also share inspiring decks you discover to help great content and ideas spread.

Click the share button to reveal options for sharing.


Select whether you’d like to post the deck to your own timeline, a friend’s timeline, to a group, or a page from the Share dropdown. Add a comment, make any edits you’d like to the deck title and description, and click Share Link.


Check the account you’re signed in with in the top right (or sign in if you are prompted to do so), make any edits you’d like to the tweet text, and click Tweet.


Add your insight, make any edits you’d like to the deck title and description, and click Share.


Add a custom comment, select your favorite people, circles or communities, and click Share.

Google Classroom

If you’re using Google Classroom, click this button to add your deck to a Google Classroom page. Learn more here.


To embed a deck in a website or blog, click Embed, select HTML code then copy and paste the string of code. Read more about embedding Haiku Decks here.


To download a beautiful PDF handout that includes your Public Notes, click Download, then Download an Adobe Acrobat PDF copy of your Haiku Deck. Read more about why and how to add Public Notes here.

Your presentation online: Sample Haiku Deck PDF

Sample page of PDF handout showing slides and public notes

Sharing to Other Sites

You can always simply copy the deck URL and post directly to any social site. Read more about ways to share here.

Announcing our Mother’s Day Contest Winners!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We had such a great response to our Mother’s Day contest—thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Our Grand Prize Winner!

There were so many fantastic decks it was difficult to choose, but this one by Josh Zagorski (and his two super cute little boys) really touched our hearts. We hope their #1 mom loves it, along with her new iPad Mini! Congratulations, Jenn!

Things We Learned From Mom – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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Teacher Appreciation! Tips for Using Haiku Deck in the Classroom

We always appreciate our teachers and we want to give a special shout-out to all of the amazing, innovative, inspiring educators in our creative community, all around the world!

National Teacher Appreciation Day – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Teacher Appreciation Tips

Just for our teachers, we’ve collected a few power tips to make your lives easier, save you time, and keep you (and your students) inspired.

1. Turning Auto-Capitalization Off (iPad only)

If you’d like students to practice correct capitalization as they work, you might also want to adjust the auto-capitalization setting as you’re signing in to your classroom account on each iPad. From the Main Screen, tap the Settings wheel, then adjust the Use Auto-Capitalization? toggle to OFF. Read more about Main Menu settings here.

Teacher Appreciation Tips: Toggling Auto-Capitalization On and Off

Toggling Auto-Capitalization On and Off

2. Teaching Digital Citizenship

Haiku Deck not only helps students focus their message and explore visual storytelling, it’s a great tool for teaching digital citizenship as well. The app’s unique  image search taps into more than 35 million beautiful, high-quality images that have been made available for (free) use under Creative Commons license, and proper attribution is pulled in automatically. From Play mode on the iPad, tap the CC logo in the bottom right corner to view the photographer as well as the type of Creative Commons license. In Web view, look for the CC logo in the bottom black bar. Read more about our Creative Commons image search here.

3. Image Searching

Haiku Deck does include an explicit terms filter, which prevents searches on naughty terms. Unfortunately, we can’t control how photographers tag their photos, and it is possible for some “inappropriate” images to appear in the search results. (This is why Haiku Deck has a 12+ rating in the app store; you can read more about that here.)

We’re working on ways to improve this, but in the meantime, we’ve been thrilled to see many forward-looking teachers using this as an opportunity to work with their students on digital responsibility as well as digital citizenship. There are also some creative workarounds if you’d like to use Haiku Deck with your students and are concerned about image results:

  • Do some searching on your topic ahead of time to look for (and possibly discuss) trouble spots.
  • Create a folder or set of pre-screened images in Google Drive, Flickr, or Dropbox for your students to access.
  • If you’re using the iPad app, have students generate their own images by using the iPad camera (here’s an example), or by creating illustrations and pulling them in off the camera roll, like this one:
Teacher Appreciation Tips: Sample Haiku Deck Using Student Artwork

Sample Haiku Deck Using Student Artwork

4. Publishing Without Email

We heard from teachers that many classrooms don’t have access to email, so you can publish straight to the website from the iPad. Tap SHARE, then select one or more categories and tap PUBLISH, and your deck will be published to your Gallery on the Haiku Deck website. If you like, you can tap COPY URL to grab the link right from the iPad app, and click the EMBED button from the Web App to copy the deck URL. You can read more about publishing and sharing here.

5. Adding Notes and Printing

By limiting the amount of text on each slide, Haiku Deck encourages students to keep their message focused and to discuss their topic (instead of reading slides word for word). They can take their decks to the next level by adding supporting details and even links to more resources in the Public Notes area under the yellow icon on the left. (Tip: You can then click DOWNLOAD on the web (look for the text buttons immediately to the left of the deck) to create a great-looking PDF that you can save, email, or even print that includes the notes.) Read more about adding Notes here.

Teacher Appreciation Tips: Sample Haiku Deck with Notes

Sample Haiku Deck with Notes

6. Embedding in a Classroom Blog or Site

If you have a class blog or website, you can easily embed your Haiku Decks right from the app or from the website. From the iPad app, tap SHARE, then PUBLISH, then POST TO BLOG. From the web, look for the EMBED button to the left of the deck (it’s an icon with two brackets like these: <>). In either case, simply copy the code string and paste to your blog. Read more about embedding Haiku Decks here, and see a couple of Haiku Decks embedded in this great post on Free Technology for Teachers.

7. Ideas

If you’d like to see how educators are using Haiku Deck for a wide range of teaching purposes, from fact gathering to creative expression, be sure to visit our Education Case Studies Pinterest board frequently–we add new examples every week.

Teacher Appreciation Tips: Haiku Deck Education Case Studies on Pinterest

Haiku Deck Education Case Studies Pinterest Board

More Inspiration

You also might enjoy reading about 4th graders creating sensory poems and character studies, Haiku Deck for vocabulary development, and Haiku Deck Goes New School. We also invite you to participate in our brand-new Haiku EDU community on Google+.

And if you’d like us to feature your work, please email link(s) to, or tweet us using the hashtag #hdgallery.

Teachers, thank you so much for everything you do! And if you have a question we didn’t answer or a tip you’d like to share, let us know! Drop us a line with our support community, anytime!



Surprise Pizza: Customer Support, Haiku Deck Style

This awesome tweet got our Friday off to a perfect start:

Maybe the sunshine was making us feel a little giddy, but we thought, wow, wouldn’t it be AMAZING if we tracked Heather down and DELIVERED A PIZZA to her?

This brainstorm quickly gathered momentum around the office, so we did a little Twitter recon to discover that Heather was attending a conference in Boston and that she was planning a happy hour meetup at a downtown brewery. Perfect!

Lisa, our awesome customer evangelist, made all the arrangements. She called the brewery, then she researched a nearby pizza place that had gotten great reviews on Yelp. She placed the order. Everything appeared to be falling into place. At the appointed time, we watched our Twitter feed with anticipation.

Unfortunately, our surprise didn’t quite work out as planned. The pizza guy showed up to a packed bar, and the person Lisa had made the arrangements with was nowhere to be found. Heather was on a tour of the brewery. We called the brewery, but were told no outside food was allowed. By the time we got a manager to agree to hold Heather’s pizzas for her in the kitchen, the delivery guy had left–with the pizzas {cue sad trombone}.

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