How to Present a Pear Deck

Ready to present the Deck you created? Watch this quick tips video and read the 5 instructional steps to learn how to present your Pear Deck lesson 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. Using a Projector screen is optional, but it really helps engage the whole class. It's what allows you to easily show your slides and the anonymous responses you collect to the entire classroom. However, you can still present in a way that lets students work independently, without looking at a Projector, when you turn on Student-Paced Mode.

Step Two

Present with Pear Deck.

When you start presenting your Deck, you start a new live Session for your class to join. You can launch your presentation from two different places.

  • Present from the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on:
  • Present from Pear Deck Home. Click on the Deck you want to present. When the Deck modal window opens, click Start Presenting

  • Step Three

    Help students join your presentation.

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

    To join the presentation, students follow these steps:

    1. Go to joinpd.com.

    2. Sign in with or select their Google account.

    3. Enter the 5-letter Join Code from the Projector screen.

    Step Four

    Control the lesson.  

    As students get connected, you'll see the number who have joined increase in real time.

    You can close the Join Instructions when you are ready to start the lesson. The Join Code will stay visible in the upper right corner of every slide throughout the presentation. To proceed, click the right arrow button on the Navigation Bar to move through the slides.

    Here are more helpful tips for running your lesson:


    Navigate through slides by using the forward and backward arrows. You can also open the slide drawer, located between the arrows, to jump to any slide.  Click the Lock Screens button when you want students to look up at you or the Projector.

    Hold down the Lock Screens button to trigger a countdown timer

    Click the Show Responses button to share student answers anonymously on the Projector screen. Responses are anonymous by default on the Projector View.  

    Click on the Layout Controls in the top left corner of the screen to arrange the responses how you like them. Choose from Grid view, List view, and the Overlaid Layout

    Click the 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. 
    You don't have to name the Session. If you were just trying things out and you don't want to save the Session, you can leave out the name. Your Session will still be saved.

Advanced Presenting Tools

If you've got the hang of the basic presenter tools, you'll be ready to add some of these additional powers to your lesson:

  1. Use the Private Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature) 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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