How to Present a Pear Deck

Here's how to present your Pear Deck presentation and keep your class running smoothly.

Step One
Hook your computer to your projector

Presenting a Pear Deck lesson is very similar to presenting a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation, so your first step is making sure your computer is connected to your projector. 

Step Two
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

Step Three
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

2. They verify their Google accounts

3. They enter the Join Code from the Projector screen

Step Four
Run Your Lesson

As students get connected, you'll see the number who have joined increase at the top right-hand corner of your screen. The join code will stay visible in the upper right corner for latecomers. When you want to get started, you can click the right arrow button to move to the first slide of your lesson. 

  1. From the Teacher Dashboard you can navigate through slides by using the forward and backward arrows. You can also open the slide drawer, located between the arrows, to click jump to a slide out of order. 

  2. Click the Lock Screens button when you want students to look up at you or the Projector. 

  3. Hold it down to trigger a countdown timer

  4. Click the Show Responses button to share student answers anonymously on the projector screen. 

  5. Use the Layout Controls to arrange the responses how you like them. Choose from Grid view, List view, and the Overlaid Layout.
  6. 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. 

Step Five
End Your Session

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.

  1. Click the END Button on the right-hand side of the dashboard 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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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