The Student View - How to Preview and Edit

Do you ever feel uncertain about what your students are seeing on their screens?  BE NOT UNSURE!  When you create your Pear Deck file, you can always look at the Student Preview panel on the right side of the editor to know what students will see.

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Student Preview Overview

When you are making your Pear Deck presentation, look to the right side of the editor to see what will show on student screens.

In the example below, I can see that students will see the words "Welcome to World History" and an image of a map.  I can also see that the slide is a "Normal" slide, meaning there is no interaction.  If I click on the drop down menu, I can easily change it to be an interactive slide.

How to Edit What Students See on Their Screens

When you are creating a normal (non-interactive) slide, students will see the same thing on their screen as they see on the Projector.  But when you are asking a question, students will see the answer input on their screens as well.  

In the example below, I have created a Multiple Choice Slide.  On the Projector View I have chosen an image of a world map.  Under "Student Preview," I have typed out the answers I would like students to choose between and I can see a preview of what the students will see.

When I present my lesson, students will see both the map and answers choices on their screen.

On a Drawing or Draggable(TM) question, you can choose the Canvas that students will draw or drag on.  In the example below, I have written out instructions on the Projector View.  On the Student View, I have selected a world map as the canvas.  

When I present my lesson, students will see both the instructions and the map to draw on.

 Notice that instead of adding an image as the canvas, I could have selected from some other options:  

  • Draw right on top of my text (the first canvas choice).  That's a great option when I want students to proof read some text or highlight interesting parts of the text.  
  • Draw on a blank canvas, which is great if I want them to whiteboard a problem or draw a picture. 
  • Draw on a graph 
  • Draw on temperature template - agree/disagree or thumbs up/down.

Warning Triangle

If you see a red warning triangle on your slide, that means the Student View has not been set up properly.  In the example below, I made a Multiple Choice Slide, but I put in answer options as a regular bulleted list on the Projector View instead of entering them in "Multiple Choice Answers."  Notice that on the Student Preview, there are no answers showing and thus students will only see the question; they will not be able to answer the question.

It's always good to check for warning triangles before presenting your Deck to make sure students will be able to answer the question as you intended.

While Presenting

When you are presenting your lesson, only the main slide content will be showing on the Projector View.  If you want to remind yourself what students are seeing, you can click on the slide drawer.

Notice that the slide thumbnails show you exactly how the content appears on the Student View.

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