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8 Teacher Presentations for Winning Back to School

For many teachers in our neck of the woods it’s already time to start thinking about back to school. So much to do! So much to say! So many presentations to make! As you think about how to introduce yourself, break the ice with your students, jumpstart your curriculum, lay the groundwork for your class, and meet the parents, we’re thinking more than a couple of teacher presentations may be in order. Lucky for you, Haiku Deck is here to help! Not only do we offer qualifying educators and students 50% off via our education discount, but here are 8 teacher presentations for winning at Back to School:

  1. Make a deck to introduce yourself to students, parents, and colleagues. We love this one from teacher Mindi Vandagriff.


Who is Mindi Vandagriff? – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

2. Have your students create a Haiku Deck to share their summer adventures. Here’s an example that educator Shannon Lewis made to inspire her students to make their own.


What I Did This Summer – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

3. Create a Haiku Deck to introduce your curriculum, weekly schedule, or to share announcements. Staci Ballard made this deck to orient her students on the first day of class.


Ballard UNIV prezo – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

4. Collaborate with students on a class constitution or agreement. We were particularly inspired by this one from Susan Hennessey. 

Our Classroom Constitution – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

5. Use the Haiku Deck Curriculum Night Presentation Template to get a head start on a professional-looking presentation to “wow” the parents. To copy/edit/remix this presentation, just click the link above and look for the ‘copy’ button beneath the slides on the playback page. 

Curriculum Night Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

6. Incorporate Haiku Deck into student-led conferences. Many teachers have  students create their student-led conference guides using Haiku Deck. We’re not going to share any examples of that here, but the presentation below from Kathryn Hogg aims to inspire and prepare her class in advance of student-led conferences. 

Student Led Conferences – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

7. Create your own educational manifesto. This one from Haiku Deck Guru Simon McKenzie has racked up over 20,000 views since he first shared it online in 2013. 

The New Mind Set – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

8. Inspire your class with a Haiku Deck biography or quote collection like this one from Anna Stirling. You can even download as a .pdf file and print out the presentation to decorate your classroom.

Inspirational Quotes – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

How are you winning at Back to School with Haiku Deck teacher presentations? Drop us a line so we can share yours in the featured gallery! Just send a link to team@haikudeck.com. Hungry for more educator resources? Remember to visit our Education page at www.haikudeck.com/education.

 

10 Tips for Nailing Your Next Conference Presentation

We understand that making a presentation for a big meeting or conference can be more than a little anxiety provoking- that’s often why people turn to Haiku Deck in the first place. Regardless of the software you choose, we’ve combed our creative community to find best practices from conference keynote speakers, meeting organizers, speech writers, and others… All as part of mission to make presentations 10x faster and easier. Hopefully we can make them 10x less nerve wracking too. From figuring out what you’re going to say, to designing your presentation, to delivering your talk, these tips and tricks are just what you need make the most of your next conference presentation.


10 Tips for Nailing Your Conference Presentation – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

  1. Consider your audience first. Too often, speakers start by asking, “What do I want to say?” Instead, experts recommend that you think about what your audience hopes to get from your presentation. Even when you’ve got your own important agenda , putting your audience first it will help you frame the message to better connect and have greater impact.
  2. Create an outline. Organizing your ideas in an outline before you get down to presentation creation is a great way to save time. Not only do outlines force you to get your thoughts organized, but this way you avoid the distraction of formatting and image selection before it’s time. Think about the one important thing that you want your audience to remember at the end of your talk. Try to organize around this theme and build your outline to support your big idea. Of course, once you have your outline, you’re welcome to use Haiku Deck Zuru to convert your outline into a deck. Most of the time, Haiku Deck Zuru will get you 50-80% of the way from outline to presentation in just a few minutes.
  3. Boil it Down… 1 idea at a time: Perhaps the biggest mistake conference speakers make is trying to share too much all at once. Remember: Even the most important and interesting information has to be shared at a pace that the audience can absorb. Think of your slides as billboards on the side of the highway. They should include few words that reinforce the ideas that you’re sharing. If your slides have too many words, your audience will have to choose between either reading what’s on the screen or listening to you. Our brains cannot read detailed information on a slide and listen at the same time, so try not to force your audience to make this choice.
  4. Choose evocative images: The research shows that people remember pictures better than words. When your slides include evocative images that illustrate your idea, it creates a tool that your listeners can fall back on for remembering what you said.  That’s why beautiful imagery is at the center of Haiku Deck presentations and why we recommend choosing a mix of images to stimulate your audience and deliver impact.
  5. Tell a story: More than anything, Listeners remember how you make them feel during a presentation. That’s because humans are hardwired to engage with and remember stories more than other information. Creating an emotional connection between your idea through a well told story is the number one way to make your conference presentation more powerful. If you can illustrate your story with relevant imagery or a physical artifact, all the better.
  6. Engage your audience: One great way to engage an audience or to reengage an audience in the middle of your talk is to ask a question or encourage audience participation. Talking with your audience helps to draw them in and breaks the pace of a talk, even if just asking for a “quick show of hands” can make a difference. Encouraging the audience to ask questions or discuss via social channels like Twitter can also be a good way to extend the reach of your ideas beyond the room where you’re speaking.
  7. Think about transitions between topics: Even the best outlines can have some rough transitions as you move from one part of your talk to the next. The best way to handle these transitions is to practice them in advance. We also recommend thinking the use of stories and audience engagement as tools for moving the audience from one part of your presentation to the next.
  8. Remember the Golden Rule: Do you like listening to someone read off their slides word-for-word? Neither do we.. Same goes for tiny font, mismatched colors, obnoxious animations, and horrible clip art. If you’re using Haiku Deck, we know you’re not doing this, but just in case you’re new here, please do your audience a favor and treat them the way you wish to be treated when you’re the listener.
  9. Craft a strong finish with an inspiring call to action: If your speech ends with, “…and that’s all I’ve got, any questions?” then you’re doing it wrong. In addition to summarizing your big idea as a reminder to listeners, think about ending your talk with a provocative question or call to action. Inspire your audience with a solution that can be achieved with their participation.
  10. Share your deck  through social media: To get the most from your hard work, be sure to share your deck through Twitter, Facebook, email, and any other channel you can. To maximize the reach, remember to include the event hashtag to achieve maximum visibility for your work.

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t share with your our Killer Speech template, embedded below, which anyone can open, copy, and edit as their own.


Killer Speech Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Haiku Deck Supports Google Sign-In

We’re happy to announce that Haiku Deck for web, iPad and iPhone now supports Google Sign-In for logging into the app on the web, iPad, and iPhone. This is especially exciting for educators with students who use Google IDs in lieu of email addresses as it provides an all-new way for users to create accounts without using an email address.

To create an account using your Google sign-in, just look for the Google logo on the sign in page on the web app, iPad or iPhone apps.

If you’re already using your Google sign-in email to sign into Haiku Deck, you should continue to sign in as you always have, by typing your email address and password.

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This is the latest in an ongoing effort to make Haiku Deck work better for teachers who use the app in the classroom for a wide range of activities. If you missed it earlier this year we added ‘share to Google Classroom‘ as a feature of our share tool.

If you’re an educator looking for inspiration on different ways to use Haiku Deck in your work, check out some of the examples and templates below:

How are you using Haiku Deck in your classroom? We’d love to hear from you!

Add Video to Haiku Deck

We’re pleased to now offer video as a feature for Haiku Deck Pro subscribers. This lets users embed any YouTube video into their presentations for playback online.

Here’s how it works…

First sign in and click the new video button shown in the illustration below. If you’re not a Haiku Deck Pro subscriber, you will be prompted to upgrade.  From here you will have two options. The first option is to paste the link to your YouTube video directly in the white box. The second option is to click the ‘search for videos’ button.  (more on that below)

Add video (editor)

Note that below the box where you can enter your link, you can choose to use the video thumbnail as a background image for your slide. If you wish to use another image for the background of this slide, you can do so by clicking the blue image button in the left-side navigation of the editor (above the purple video button).

If you wish to use our video search, click the ‘search for videos’ button.

search for YouTube videos

And then enter your video search term to find the perfect video right from within the app!

search results

When you share your deck, slides that have videos will now feature a small triangular ‘play’ button in the lower right corner. Click there to play your video.

video playback button

Video FAQ:

What formats does this support?

At the moment, Haiku Deck supports YouTube only. We plan to add other services in the future. Email support@haikudeck.com to tell us what you’d like to see!

What happens to my video when I view the presentation on the iPad or iPhone apps?

For now, a link to your video will be placed in the notes field. We plan to add support of this feature to a future release of the iPad and iPhone apps.

When will I be able to add video via the iPad app?

Just as soon as you update to Haiku Deck 4.1 or later! This feature is now live for iPad and iPhone. 

What if I want to upload my own video directly?

For now, you have to first upload to YouTube before including in your Haiku Deck.

What happens if my YouTube video is private?

As long as the YouTube link is valid it will appear when clicked.

Will videos show up when I view the presentation on a mobile browser?

Yes!

We’d love to hear your feedback on this new feature. Please email us your thoughts!

Add Custom Branding to Your Haiku Deck

We’re happy to announce that Haiku Deck Pro users can now add a custom branding to appear on their decks in place of the Haiku Deck logo.

When added to your Haiku Deck, custom logos appear in 3 places:

  1. At the top of the Haiku Deck Player on the Web
  2. On the final slide during iPad app playback.
  3. On .pdf print-outs created during Haiku Deck .pdf export

Users may also set a web address to make their logo a clickable link to their web site when viewed on the web.

To add your custom logo, start by clicking on the shield icon in the top of the Haiku Deck editor.

custom branding

add custom branding by clicking the shield icon

Next click PICK LOGO button to upload the logo file. If you see the GET PRO button, you’ll need to upgrade your account to Haiku Deck Pro in order to move ahead.

You can upload your logo from your local machine or a variety of sources on the web, like Dropbox or Google Drive.

After you’re done uploading, the logo will appear at the top of the slides upon web playback. Here’s what it looks like when you’re showing a deck with custom branding in full screen mode on the web:

add custom branding in web playback

Here’s what custom branding looks like in standard web playback mode:

custom branding in standard web playback view

When viewing your deck on iPad, your logo appears on the final slide, as shown below.

custom branding in iPad playback

Here’s a view of the logo on a .pdf export:

custom branding in pdf print-out

custom branding in Haiku Deck .pdf export

Custom branding is just one feature available to our Pro subscribers. Other features include:

  • Privacy controls
  • Editable .pptx export for offline viewing and deep customization of decks
  • .pdf Export for printing beautiful handouts
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Access to Haiku Deck Zuru beta, our artificial intelligence engine that converts traditional PowerPoint decks into beautiful presentations.

To upgrade to Haiku Deck Pro, click GET PRO in the app or click here.

Haiku Deck and Google Classroom

We’re pleased to announce that Haiku Deck on the web, iPad, and iPhone now supports share to Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. To access this functionality, tap the share button in the Haiku Deck Editor. Then look for the Google Classroom button shown in the illustration below:

Share to Google Classroom is also available on the web playback page shown below. This allows you to share decks directly to Google Classroom. This new option and all standard sharing features remain part of Haiku Deck Basic, our free offering. Find it when you share a deck from the Haiku Deck editor and on the Haiku Deck playback page. Make sure you click the share button to expand the sharing options on the playback page, shown in the illustration below. Then find the Google Classroom icon along with other share options that are revealed.

share to google classroom

One of our users made a great how to video that you can watch below if you want to see it in action.

Grow Your Presentation Audience with User Profiles

Today we’re announcing new user profile pages to help you build awareness for your presentations and grow your presentation audience. Public profile pages show all of your publicly shared decks in one place so that it’s easier to share with your audience and also easier to be discovered when viewers search for your presentations. You can even customize the Haiku Deck URL that points to your user page to drive awareness for you, your company, your organization, class or brand.

Profile pages also help Haiku Deck viewers discover new presentations and learn more about authors. Now on the presentation page, viewers can click on the author’s name to see all of their publicly shared Haiku Decks!

Features of profile pages include customizable:

  • Profile and background images
  • Link to your website
  • Short Biography
  • Links to social channels like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

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When signed in, users can access the profile editing tools under the blue “edit profile” button on the new MY DECKS page. Your audience will see a slightly different view of this page- one that hides private decks from view.

You can now access these public profile pages by clicking the names of authors below their decks on the playback page. See highlighted area in the screen grab below.

Profile_Pages

Using Sidebar Slides & Wrapping List Items in Haiku Deck

If you’re anything like us, updates to Haiku Deck are like fun new toys: when you find out about them, you want to drop everything immediately and try them out. So I’ll cut to the chase:

Great News: We've added new features to Haiku Deck!

Now, you can divide your slide with a solid colored bar that makes your words stand out.

Different configurations in the layout tool allow you to choose how to split it up.

Bullet text wraps now to make more space for anything you need to type in your lists.

Pretty cool, right?

Wait a second — you’re still here? You’d rather read more of this blog post before you take the new features for a spin? Oooookay…

Details about the New Features

Sidebar Slides:

To use this awesome new slide type, just head to the Tt tool on the left in edit mode, and choose the option highlighted below:

sidebar

Type your text and add a photo like you normally would, and use the solid colors tab in the background tool (photograph icon on the left) to choose the color in the bar behind your text. Use the layout tool (green grid-like icon on the left, below Tt) to rearrange your text and image, and choose how the two are divided on the slide.

For more info, check out our tutorials and videos about:

Wrapping List Items:

To have your list items wrap, just type them the way you normally would have. This update replaced the list slides of the past, so all you need to do is go to the Tt tool on the left and choose one of the list options (bulleted or numbered). Type away! For more info about choosing a list slide type, check out our support article here.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the new updates — now give them a try, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Showcase Your Brand Identity Beautifully with New Logo Slides and Custom Colors

As more and more Haiku Deck users work with the app for selling products or representing their company’s vision, the need for slides to showcase a company’s brand identity with logos and custom background colors has become a top request.

Beginning today, iPad users can update Haiku Deck to version 3.3, and web app users can sign in to haikudeck.com, to give these awesome new features a try. Here’s how they work:

Creating a Logo Slide

Select the orange Text button on the left, then the Logo Slide type that now appears at the bottom of the “SELECT FORMAT” options.

haiku deck logo slide

Once you’ve selected the Logo Slide type, tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo. After importing your logo, enter your text and tap on the blue Image icon to search for a Creative Commons image, import your own photo, or use a solid color for your slide’s background.

Tip: For the best results, the optimal size for logo images in Haiku Deck is 600 x 600 pixels. If you find that the automatic zoom is cropping your image, we recommend resizing your image with free apps such as Canva to place your logo on a larger canvas, or PicMonkey’s collage feature to increase the amount of white space around your logo.

Selecting Custom Colors and Theme Colors

To select your background color, choose the blue background tab and then the solid color icon as shown below. Toggle “SOLID BACKGROUND” to ON. This gives you the ability to choose a preset background color or create a custom color to fit your brand exactly.

haiku deck solid colors

Custom Colors

When you tap on the eyedropper icon, you can customize the color of your slide background. Simply tap, or press, hold and move the small circle located on the color wheel to select a color. Pressing and holding the circle located on the square within the color wheel will adjust the color’s saturation and hue.

Tip: If you have the hex code for a color you’d like to use on your slide, tap on the hex code above the color wheel and type in the code.

haiku deck custom colors

Theme Colors and Haiku Deck Favorites

You’ll notice a few new options when you turn on solid background colors for a slide. Tapping on the color palette icon will provide you with a pre-selected group of colors specifically tailored to the current theme you have selected, as well as our Haiku Deck Favorites you’re already familiar with. Simply tap to select your desired color.

haiku deck color palette

Share Your Story

What’s the story behind your brand? Share your decks with us by dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com — we’d love to see what you create! And if you ever have any questions, our support team is always here to help!

Power Tips: Optimize Your Haiku Decks for SlideShare

Haiku Deck for SlideShare

Uploading your Haiku Decks to SlideShare is a breeze — and now you can create them right from SlideShare! Here are a few things to keep in mind to make your Haiku Decks look their best for SlideShare’s 70 million monthly visitors (wow!).

5 Power Tips

1. Include an attention-grabbing title slide.

Make your first slide the title slide — think of it like a headline. This is the first thing your audience will see, and you want to grab their attention.

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

2. Sprinkle in keywords.

Haiku Decks on SlideShare can draw some serious traffic! Be sure to include your important keywords in your deck title and throughout your slide content.

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

3. Break out the multiline slides.

SlideShare is a great place to make use of multiline slides, which give you a bit more room to flesh out an idea, showcase an inspiring quote, or capture a mission statement. (Keep in mind that currently Public Notes are not uploaded to SlideShare, so you want to make sure you’re capturing a complete thought on each slide.)

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

4. Optimize your layouts.

Haiku Deck’s different text layouts allow you to customize the placement of your text. For Haiku Decks shared on SlideShare, we favor layouts that place your text toward the middle and top of your slides (this keeps the Creative Commons licensing information from overlapping with your slide text).

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Click to view the full deck on SlideShare

5. Include your contact information on the last slide.

When creating and publishing your Haiku Deck on SlideShare, the normal final slide with your contact information will not be displayed. So be sure to add a wrap-up slide with any contact information you’d like to share with your audience. (We actually like to do this for all of our Haiku Decks!)

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Click to view the full deck on SlideShare

Your Turn!

Now that you can easily create and share Haiku Decks from either site, there’s no reason not to set your story free! If you’ve shared a Haiku Deck on SlideShare, we’d love to see it — just leave us a comment below.

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