How to Present a Pear Deck

When you're ready to start your Pear Deck lesson, here's what to do to keep your class running smoothly:

1. Hook your computer to your projector

Presenting a Pear Deck lesson is very similar to presenting a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation.  Your slides will show on the projector screen.

Once your Session is live, students will be able to Join from their own devices.  When you advance to the next slide, their screens will stay in sync with yours.

2. Click "Start Presenting"

When you click "Start Presenting," you create a live Session for your class to Join. You can launch your presentation from 2 different spots in the app:

  1. From in side the Pear Deck Slide Editor

    Click the green "Start Presenting" button at top right
  2. From your Pear Deck Home Screen
    • Click on the Deck you want to present
    • When the Deck window opens, click "Start Presenting"

3. Help Students Join

When you start presenting, you'll see Join Instructions for students projected on the screen, like this:

  • Students will need to go to Or they can go to and click "Log in" then click "student"
  • Next they need to enter the code they see on the screen

4. Run Your Lesson

As students are successfully connected, you will see a counter going up at the bottom of the screen

As soon as your students are in, you can click the arrow button to move to the first slide of your lesson. Note that the code will stay visible in the bottom corner for late comers.

Here's how to Run your Pear Deck Lesson:

  1. Navigate through slides by using the forward and backward arrows. You can also open the slide drawer to click around out of order.
  2. Click the Lock Button when you want students to look up at you. Hold it down to trigger a countdown timer
  3. Click the "Project Responses" button to share student answers anonymously on the projector screen
  4. Use the layout controls to arrange the responses how you like them - chose between grid view, list view, and overlay (depending on the type of question).
  5. Use the Question Button to repeat a question and get new responses or to drop in an unplanned question and make good use of a teachable moment

5. End Your Lesson

At the end of class, be sure to "End your Session." This allows you to effectively close the Session so students can't be connected anymore. It also means you can save this particular set of student answers as one Session. Later you can present the same Deck again and save those answers separately in a separate Session.

How to End your Session

  1. Click the 3-Dot Menu at the bottom right of the slide navigation bar.
  2. Click "End Session"
  3. Type a name for your Session in the window that appears.  If you will use this lesson for multiple class periods, I recommend something like "Earth Science Period 1."  The Session will automatically be time stamped, so don't worry about dating it.
  4. Click "Save and End Session"

    Note: If you were just trying things out and you don't want to save the Session, just don't type a name for your Session. Your Session will save, but it won't show up in your lists of Sessions and won't be in your way.

Advanced Presenting Tools

If you've got the hang of the basic presenter tools, you might be ready to learn about some of these additional powers at your fingertips

  1. Use the Private Teacher Dashboard to get individual insight into student responses while you're teaching
  2. Learn how to use the Teacher Dashboard like a remote control from a separate tablet
  3. Check-out our Add-Ons page to see what other tools you can turn on

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