Friday, March 7, 2014

Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga

Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga
by Susan Stephenson,

This is the fourth in a recent series of articles at The Book Chook about poetry and children. The first was Poetry with Kids - Ideas and Resources, the second was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiku, and the third was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiga. This week, the final in this series is Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga.

Last week, in Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiga, I talked about ways we can encourage kids to use digital images and haiku to create their own haiga. Today, I want to briefly discuss a couple of ways to present those haiga.

Probably the simplest and fastest method to present haiga is to have children create their own artwork, and add text to it. Text could be: typed, cut and pasted with real glue; created using calligraphy on paper; assembled from letters cut from magazines or newspapers; added to art work by children writing over the top with markers, paint or crayons. With a whole class, the finished haiga would make a wonderful display for the library or school hall.

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Another easy method is to add digital haiga to a collage template, like those you find at Ribbet, or in the free Pizap app. This gives children an opportunity to develop visual literacy skills and get to know image editors. In the example at left, I applied different filters to an image, and added my haiku to the resulting collage with Pizap. With a class group, I suggest grouping haiga and making several collages for a display.

If you're working with a class, or a prolific child haiku writer, you could use PhotoPeach to assemble a digital collection of the work. Putting some atmospheric music in the background really helps present the haiga or even a non-illustrated haiku beautifully. The great thing is that PhotoPeach gives you an embed code so you can pop the finished product into a class blog.

Here's an example I quickly made at PhotoPeach. I went first to PicLits, chose five images I liked, and created haiku (or almost-haiku) about them and onto them. At Pic-Lits, if you choose the freestyle option, you can add your own words to the images you choose. I took a screen grab of each image with words, saved them to my computer, then uploaded the images to PhotoPeach. I chose some music from PhotoPeach's music library, set the speed to slowest, and created my slide show. Afterwards, I grabbed the embed code and popped it below. (Read more about PhotoPeach in my article, BookChook Makes a Slideshow.)

PicLits on PhotoPeach

You and your kids could also make slides in Keynote or Powerpoint, and use iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to "stitch" the slides together, adding music and transitions for greater effect.

Next I tried Animoto as a means of presenting several haiga. I grabbed a couple of (not-very-authentic) haiga I’d created using websites that generate an image, linked them in Animoto, added music, then grabbed the embed code so I could share below.


Another presentation method I really like is to use Haiku Deck, an app available for iPad and on the web. You can source images from within the app, or upload them from the camera roll and other image hosting sites like Flickr and DropBox. Kids can even take photos with the iPad’s camera, in-app. The app is simple to use, allowing customisations and multiple sharing options. Below, I’ve embedded a short sample Haiga presentation I made with the Haiku Deck app.

You don't need to be a world class poet to play with poetry, especially with haiku and haiga. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've proved to you that you don't need to be a poet at all! My clumsy attempts throughout this four part series I present in the spirit of sharing and hopefully encouraging you to have a go with your kids.

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