The New Powerpoint for Education

Ultimate Haiku Deck Resource Guide

More and more, we’re hearing that creative teachers, students, and technology trainers are saying goodbye to Powerpoint for education and embracing Haiku Deck for a fresh, flexible way to collect and present facts, share ideas, tell visual stories, illustrate processes, capture evidence, and explore connections between words and images. Here’s what they have to say about Haiku Deck:

Teachers Talk Haiku Deck – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;
Teachers appreciate that Haiku Deck encourages students to focus on simplifying and communicating their message without getting too bogged down in formatting choices or sidetracked by fancy transitions. Students love that Haiku Deck is easy and fun to use, and they feel a sense of pride and ownership of what they create. We have even seen innovative administrators and counselors using Haiku Deck to communicate day-to-day information, raise awareness for important causes, and share uplifting messages for inspiration and support.

With enlightened fans spreading the word across the country via Twitter chats, conferences, and EdCamps, we created this toolkit to help educators get started with Haiku Deck.

Step 1: Get Haiku Deck

Step 2: Create a Haiku Deck Account

You can sign in with email, Facebook, Google, or Twitter.

Step 3: Get to Know Haiku Deck

Here’s a quick video intro to Haiku Deck:

Meet Haiku Deck from Haiku Deck on Vimeo.

Things to think about as you explore the app:

  • How the constraints encourage simplicity and focus
  • How words and visuals work together
  • How the app can encourage creativity and storytelling across content areas
  • How Haiku Deck encourages good digital citizenship through the Creative Commons image search


  • For inspiration, click/tap GALLERY to browse some popular and featured decks
  • Tap the + sign at the bottom of the iPad app, or  NEW DECK on the web to create a new deck
  • Try using the built-in keyword image search and using your own images (you can take them with the camera from the iPad app, select from your camera roll [iPad app] or computer [Web App], or import from Instagram, Dropbox, and other sources)
  • Try choosing a new theme to change the look of your deck
  • Try creating a pie chart or bar graph (iPad only)
  • Create a deck to introduce yourself
  • Create a list of things you love or things you believe in
  • Create a deck to articulate your philosophy about education
  • Create a deck that explains or collects facts about a topic

Step 4: Explore More Features and Get Inspired 

Tutorials and Beginning Resources

Resources for Educators

Advanced Resources

Power Tips

Step 5: Join our Community and Build your PLN

If you have more questions about Haiku Deck or need additional materials, we are always here to help! Just leave us a note in the comments.


  1. First of all, I LOVE the app. It’s a required app for students in the iPads in Education grad course that I teach. But, I’m not able to get past the second slide in this sample. Using Chrome on my MacBook Pro (Mtn Lion). I’d love to see the whole thing. Is it also posted anywhere else?

  2. I heard really great things about Haiku Deck. I heard such great things and from so many teachers that I suggested we install it on all our iPads for elementary students without even looking at it. Bad idea.

    We launched the app to make a sample deck, and in the available images to insert, there is a naked woman with a text field covering her breasts. I’m guessing the parents of these elementary kids won’t like it. We’re uninstalling ASAP.

    Either this is a product for the education market, or it isn’t. It can’t be an in-between app. I’m going with isn’t.

    • We’re sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. We do everything we can to filter out inappropriate images, but because we draw from a Creative Commons library, we can’t control how photographers will *tag* their images. We have posted about this on our blog:

      Although Haiku Deck was not created as an education app, we have seen many, many teachers and students using Haiku Deck successfully and creatively. Haiku Deck can be used to showcase student artwork, as a scavenger hunt experience where students take their own pictures, or with teacher supervision for image searching on prevetted topics. We offer some tips on that here:

      We appreciate your honest feedback.

    • There are countless “in-between” apps, to be perfectly frank. Animoto, Ustream, Twitter, VoiceThread, etc., etc. Apps that we as educators find a valued place for in our teaching and learning. Frankly, the selection of “pure” education apps that do some of the more creative stuff just don’t cut the mustard. Better policy, in my opinion, is to educate your kids as to how to respond appropriately when they encounter something so “harmful”, and also adopt a policy that doesn’t cower every time a parent gets in a tizzy. Otherwise, you’re better off shutting down your Internet entirely–it’s just too darned dangerous.

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