Getting Started with Pear Deck Slides

Presenting with 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, comprehension checks, and exit tickets that get every single student actively thinking and participating.

If you are new to Pear Deck Slides, this article will give you a basic overview of how to create your presentation, present it and collect student responses, then review and publish those responses after class. 

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

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

The first step to making your interactive Pear Deck lesson is to add formative assessments and interactive activities to your lesson. You can start from scratch or update an existing Google Slide deck using the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on.  Learn how here.

Part Two
Present your Pear Deck Lesson
  1. Before class starts, you can hook your computer to your projector and click Present Lesson. That will start a new Session. The very first slide will show your students how to join your Session. 

  2. Go to the Navigation bar and move to the next slide. Your students' screens will stay synced with yours, so they will be able to see the slide both by looking at the projector screen and 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 the question. Learn more about the 5 interactive question types here.

  3. See student responses in real time with the Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature). This View syncs up to the Projector, so you can use it to control the presentation. From here you can see who’s stuck or confused, and even star good examples or misconceptions to discuss as a group. 

  4. Show responses on the Projector View. Responses are anonymous by default on this View. Showing responses anonymously allows students to consider different ideas and makes it easy to spark a discussion. They don’t have to worry about being embarrassed to get it wrong.

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

Part Three
Extend the 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 you may want students to go back through the lesson to review. When you need to extend your Pear Deck lesson beyond class time, there are two 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 usual so you can talk about their answers the next day in class.
  2. Publish Student Takeaways (a Premium feature) 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.

Part Four
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 in your Home to find all of your 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 start creating and presenting new Decks now, install the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, open a new or existing Google Slides lesson, then try adding a warm-up question from the Slide Library!

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