Use Takeaways™ to Extend Your Lesson and Give Students Feedback
A Pear Deck Takeaway is a notes document for your students. After you finish presenting your Pear Deck lesson, you can choose to publish Takeaways for each student. Here are some important things to know about a Takeaway:
- A Takeaway is a Google Doc.
- When you publish Takeaways for a session, each student in your session gets their own copy of the document in their Google Drive
- In the Takeaway, students can see each slide from the Deck as well as any answers they provided to your questions. They only see their answers, not the answers of their peers.
- The teacher has editing rights to each student's Takeaway. That means you can open a student's Takeaway and leave comments for them. You can also share it with other teachers, parents, or mentors through the Google Drive "share" interface.
- In addition to the content from your session, we also provide students with areas to reflect on what they learned.
This image below shows you what each Takeaway will look like. Notice that the document contains the name of the Session, the name of the Deck, the name of the person who presented, and the date.
Use a Takeaway to Extend the Lesson
When you publish Takeaways, you give students an easy way to go back and review the lesson later.
BUT THERE'S MORE
You can also use Takeaways to extend the lesson beyond the classroom. Assign Takeaways as homework. You can ask students to reflect on what they learned in the spaces provided. You can ask them to reflect on another student's answer that differed from theirs, or to describe their thought process as they unpacked certain questions.
Because you have access to the Takeaway through Google Docs, you can leave comments for students, giving them very specific feedback on their answers. See the example below for ideas.
To use Takeaways, you have to turn them on in your Add-ons Tab from your Pear Deck Home screen.
How to Publish a Takeaway
There are 2 ways to Publish a Takeaway
- Right when you end a session
- From the gear menu next to a session name
When You End a Session
When you are done presenting your lesson, be sure to click the "More Actions" menu button in your Navigation Bar - it looks like three vertical dots.
Select "End Session."
A box will appear to let you name your session - you might like to call it something like "World History Period 1." You'll notice that after you name it, you can check a box to Publish Takeaways.
From the Gear Menu
Any time you see a list of sessions you've given, you will see a "More Actions" menu next to each session in the list. Click on this icon to Publish Takeaways for that session.
How to Find and Comment on a Student's Takeaway
When you publish a Takeaway, you will get a link. For you, this link will take you to a list of the Takeaway documents for this Session. When you give the link to students, it will open the Takeaway made specially for that student.
You can also find your Takeaways in Google Drive at any time.
Once you Publish your first Takeaway, you'll find a folder in your Drive called "Pear Deck." Under that, a folder called "Takeaways." Under that, a folder with the name of your Deck. And finally, a folder with the name of your Session. Inside the last folder, you will find all the Takeaways for the class period.
So if I present the Deck "Water Pollution" to Period 2 and publish a Takeaway for that class, there will be a second folder underneath "Water Pollution" with all of the Takeaways for Period 2.
Tomorrow, if I present a Deck called "Air Pollution," and publish Takeaways, there will be a second folder under "Takeaways" called "Air Pollution."