Getting Started with Pear Deck Slides

If you are new to Pear Deck Slides, this article will give you a basic overview. 
Pear Deck Slides is the quickest way to transform presentations into classroom conversations. Design beautiful slides and engage your class with interactive questions, discussion starters, formative assessments, checks-for-understanding, and exit tickets that get every single student actively thinking and participating.

The typical flow of a Pear Deck lesson has 4 main parts:

  1. Add Formative Assessments and Checks-for-understanding to your Slides
  2. Present your Pear Deck lesson and see student responses in real-time
  3. Extend your lesson with homework
  4. Review Student Responses and Provide Feedback

Add Formative Assessments and Checks-for-understanding to your Slides 

The first step in making your interactive Pear Deck lesson, is to add formative assessments and interactive activities to your lesson.  Start from scratch or update an existing Google Slide deck using the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on. Learn How.

Present your Pear Deck Lesson

  1. Before class starts, you can hook your computer to your projector and click “Present with Pear Deck.” The very first slide will show your students how to join your Session. 

  2. Move to the next slide. Your students' screens will stay synced with yours, so they will be able to see the slide content by either looking at the projector screen or at their own devices.

    When you come to an interactive slide, students will also see an answer input on their screen, which will look different depending on what kind of question you made. Learn more about the 5 interactive question types here.

  3. See Student Responses in real-time using the Teacher Dashboard. From here you can see who’s stuck or confused and even star exemplars or misconceptions to discuss as a group. 

  4. Project student responses anonymously on the screen. This allows students to see different ideas and makes it easy to spark a discussion. At the same time, since the answers are anonymous, students don’t have to worry about being embarrassed.

    Here's how the same answers display anonymously on the Projector View

Extend your Lesson with Homework

Sometimes you don’t make it through the whole lesson during class time. Sometimes students are absent and need to go through the lesson on their own. And sometimes you want students to go back through the content to review and reflect. When you need to extend your Pear Deck lesson beyond class time, there are 2 great options:

  1. Set your Pear Deck lesson to Student-Paced Mode.
    This is best when you didn’t complete the lesson during class or there were absent students. Student-Paced Mode lets students move through the slides at their own pace and all of their answers can be viewed in exactly the same way as normal so you can talk about their answers the next day in class.
  2. Publish Student Takeaways to give each student personalized notes. 
    This is best when you want students to review all the content from the lesson and be able to reflect on their own answers. Since a Takeaway is a Google Doc, you can easily share it with parents or tutors when a student needs extra help at home.

Review Student Responses and Provide Feedback

After your lesson is over, here are some ways you can review and provide feedback to your students:

  1. Export Student Answers to a Google Sheet for Grading
    This is best when you’ve given a Multiple Choice or text-based quiz. You can even use the Google Sheets Add-On, called Flubaroo, to automatically grade the quiz and send grade reports to students.
  2. Review Answers in the Pear Deck Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature)
    This is best when you want to flip through the lesson slide-by-slide and see what each student thought. It’s also really helpful for identifying what material might need to be revisited the next day.
  3. Go to and click on the Deck you just presented (or go to the Sessions tab to see the full list of your previous Sessions).

    In this menu, locate your Session. Click the Dashboard icon next to it so you can open the Teacher Dashboard and review responses.

    And thus we have completed our overview of Pear Deck Slides. To get started creating and presenting new Decks, install the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, open an existing Google Slides lesson you've already made, and add a warm-up question!

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