Permissions that Pear Deck May Need

Pear Deck is an app that works with Google Drive and other Google services. Google will ask you if you want to let Pear Deck do some things on your behalf, and sometimes it might be scary! This article explains when we'll ask for new powers and how we'll use those powers.

If you ever want to change your mind and make it so Pear Deck can't do anything else on your behalf, you can completely uninstall the app and remove all of our powers at  https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions?pli=1 . Click "Pear Deck" and then click "Remove" and you will be done instantly without waiting for any approval process or anything annoying like that. The administrator of a Google Apps for Education domain can also do this for every student and teacher in the domain, instantly.

This is a pretty technical topic, and if you have specific technical questions about our security practices, please shoot me, Riley, Pear Deck CEO, a direct email at riley@peardeck.com . 

Making Pear Deck Decks and Presentations

To make a new Pear Deck presentation, Google will ask you if you want to let Pear Deck:

  • Install the Pear Deck App
    • adds Pear Deck to the "Create" menu in Google Drive.
    • makes it so you can right-click PowerPoint and Google Slides files in Google Drive and open them with Pear Deck.
  • Read and Write Pear Deck files (not your other files!)
    • Without this we wouldn't be able to save your progress in Google Drive. This permission also lets us make your decks collaborative, so you can work with other teachers on a deck at the same time!
  • Know your email address
    • we'll email you some tips on getting started, and use this email to verify any other communication with you.
  • Know some basic information about your profile
    • Your name: we just need this to welcome you kindly! Sorry we can't ask for it more politely!
    • Your photo: we put your photo at the top-right corner of the app so you can quickly see who you are logged in as.
    • Your Google+ profile: we don't look at this at all. Frankly, we're not sure that anyone else does, either.

Launching PowerPoint and Google Slides files as interactive presentations

  • View ALL the files in your Google Drive (not just Pear Deck files)
    • Before Google will tell us anything about a PowerPoint or Google Slide you might want to launch through Pear Deck (which is awesome btw), they will ask you if you are ok with us reading all of the files in your Google Drive. It is still technically impossible for us to CHANGE those other files, but we could theoretically read all the secret notes you've written to yourself, and get an advance copy of the test you have planned for Friday. I promise we won't - we'll always make it clear what files you're trying to present, and we won't read any other files.

      You should know that we do upload the contents of the presentations you upload to our own servers, so that we can show them to your students when they log in. Anyone in your session will be able to see the presentation you picked, and you won't have a great way to change that.

Joining Pear Deck Session (as a student)

  • Know each student's email address
    • We use this when you export a Pear Deck session to a spreadsheet so that you could, for example, use Flubaroo to email each student automatically. We never use this or contact students in any way unless they actively log in as a teacher and deny that they are a student. Then, I admit, we may try to reach them to help them use Pear Deck more - but they can opt out of our emails from within any email we send.
  • Know some basic information about each student
    • Their name: we only use this to show it to you without making the students log in. 
    • Their photo: we actually don't ever use this anywhere.
    • Their G+ profile: we ignore this too. Have you ever seen a student on Google+?
  • Add Pear Deck to each student's Google Drive and allow Pear Deck to read and write its own files in Drive
    • This does NOT give Pear Deck access to student files in general - only to Pear Deck decks.
    • Honestly we don't use this permission at all - we just haven't gotten around to removing the requirement.

Giving Takeaways to Students

  • "View and Manage Documents in Your Google Drive"
    • At your request, Pear Deck can make Google Docs Takeaways for your students at the end of a session. In order to do that, we need permission to create documents for you. We also share the documents with your students, so we need permission to manage the documents as well. Unfortunately that does also technically give Pear Deck the permission to look at other Google Docs that are not Pear Deck related, but we never do that. We never make Google Docs unless you specifically ask us to, and we never look at any other Google Docs at all, for any reason.

Adding Images

  • View ALL the files in your Google Drive (not just Pear Deck files)
    • Before Google will tell us anything about an image you want to add to a Pear Deck file, they will ask you if you are ok with us reading all of the files in your Google Drive. It is still technically impossible for us to CHANGE those other files, but we could theoretically read all the secret notes you've written to yourself, and get an advance copy of the test you have planned for Friday. I promise we won't - we'll always make it clear what files you're trying to present, and we won't read any other files.

      If you reject this permission, you'll still be able to use the Google Image Search functionality to add images - we just won't be able to add any images from your computer or your Google Drive.

      You should know that we do upload the images you upload to our own servers, so that we can show them to your students when they log in. Anyone in your session will be able to see the images you picked, and you won't have a great way to change that. Your students will NOT inherit the general permission to see all your files, and I won't even joke about showing them the script for the surprise musical you're going to throw them.

Celebrating Your New-found Abilities as a Teacher

  • Google actually doesn't have an interface for this yet, but I am available almost every weekend, so you can just shoot me an email at riley@peardeck.com and we can put a party together.
  • Seriously, though, if you want to give a talk about formative assessment or student engagement at a conference or edcamp, email me. We sponsor teachers for this kind of professional development, and by using a tool like Pear Deck you're easily in the top 10% of progressive teachers in this dimension!

Inviting Classroom Courses

  • View your Google Classroom classes
    • This lets us list the Google Classroom classes you have in our interface, without making you lug your browser all the way over to Google Classroom. For example, you can choose to start a Pear Deck presentation for all the students in "Defence Against the Dark Arts" straight from Pear Deck. Awesome!
  • View your Google Classroom class rosters
    • Google asks separately if we can see the students in your classes. We need this so we know to invite Ron and Luke to your session. The alternative would be to just broadcast a system-wide message like "HEY IF YOU'RE IN GEOMETRY PERIOD TWO AT OAKLAND TERRACE PLZ JOIN HERE!". This permission means we can just invite Ron and Luke and everyone else in your class very specifically.  It gives us all the same information that we need if the students join on their own, so there's no extra information exposure here.

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