How to Present a Pear Deck

When you're ready to start your Pear Deck lesson, here's how to do it 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. Present with Pear Deck

When you click Present with Pear Deck, you create a live Session for your class to Join. You can launch your presentation from 2 different spots in the app:

  1. From the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on. Click the green Present with Pear Deck button. 

  2. From your Pear Deck Home. Go to Recent Files. Click on the Deck you want to present. When the Deck modal 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:

Here's how students join:

1. Students go to, OR and click "Log in" > "Student"

2. They verify their Google accounts

3. They enter the Join Code from the Projector screen

4. Run Your Lesson

As they get connected, you'll see the number of students who have joined increase at the bottom of the screen.

When you want to get started, you can click the arrow button to move to the first slide of your lesson. The join code will stay visible in the bottom corner for latecomers.

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 (located between the arrows) to click around out of order.
  2. Click the Lock Button when you want students to look up at you or the Projector. 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. Choose from Grid view, List view, and the Overlaid Layout (depending on the type of question).
  5. Use the Ask a New Question button to repeat a question and get new responses, or 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 so students can't be connected anymore. By doing so, you are also automatically saving this particular set of answers as one Session. Later, you can present the same Deck again to begin a new Session with different students.

How to End your Session

  1. Click the 3-Dot Menu at the bottom right of the slide navigation bar.
  2. Click End This 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: You don't have to name a Session. If you were just trying things out and you don't want to save the Session, just don't type in a name. 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 your Settings to see what other tools you can turn on.

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