App of the Week: Haiku Deck

Title: Haiku Deck
Cost: Free
Platform: iPad – requires iOS 5 or later

I discovered Haiku Deck a few weeks ago and immediately it became one of my favorite apps. I use it all the time to create presentations. Now I create most of my presentations on my iPad and not my laptop because Haiku Deck provides features that aren’t available in PowerPoint or Keynote. I bet that not only will you find Haiku Deck useful but, the teens you work with will want to use it too. Why? Because it’s easy to use and makes it possible to quickly add high-quality images to a presentation.

Check out the screencast on Haiku Deck to see how it works. (You can learn more about YALSA’s Teen Read Week, the topic I create a Haiku Deck presentation on, on the Teen Read Week website.)


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Teen Read Week Ideas: Crafting “It Came From the Library!”

I don’t know about your library, but in my high school library, crafts are king. After a stressful day, there is nothing students like to do better than to relax and use their hands to create in a group of friends. When we did our Hunger Games Party on the Friday of the movie premiere, the most popular station was the Hunger Games nail art and Capitol makeup, where over 100 students got themselves all gussied up – and then went to the movie that way!

So when I considered tying into Teen Read Week, I thought that, in addition to my displays and a horror movie night, I would add in a few crafts afternoons on our early dismissal days. What should I focus on?
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Maybe We Can: Image Copyright and You

With major revelations in the Shepard Fairey copyright case hitting the news, image citation and copyright has been on my mind lately.’  Maybe I’m a little over-sensitive because I hold a degree in art history, but failure to properly cite images has always been a pet peeve of mine. I cringe when I see students pulling photos and diagrams straight from a Google image search without bothering to find out the source of the image or credit its creator in any way.

But here’s my sad little secret: half the time I’m just as confused as my students when it comes to properly citing.

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Copyright Made Fun

This week we have a guest film editor at my library. She shared with us a Creative Commons document called Tales from the Public Domain: BOUND BY LAW? ‘© 2006 by Keith Aoki, James, Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins

“It’s the collision of documentary filmmaking and intellectual property law, and it’s the inspiration for this new comic book.”

It is available online to use for non-commercial purposes. The content can be remixed, read online, or printed out as a pdf. It’s an engaging way to look at copyright in ways that teens are using media today.