Use Takeaways™ to Extend your Lesson and Give Students Feedback

  1. Overview of Takeaways
  2. Example Takeaway
  3. Enable Takeaways
  4. Publish Takeaways
  5. How to Find and Comment on a Student's Takeaway


A Pear Deck Takeaway is a notes document for your students. After you finish presenting your Pear Deck lesson, you can choose to publish Takeaways for each student in the Session. Please note: Takeaways are a Premium Feature. Learn what's included in Pear Deck Premium

Quick facts about Takeaways:

  • A Takeaway is a Google Doc that lives in Google Drive.
  • When you publish Takeaways, each student who joined the Session gets their own copy in their Google Drive.
  • In the Takeaway, students see each slide from the Deck and all of the answers they provided to your questions. They only see their answers, not the answers of their peers.
  • The teacher has editing rights to each student's Takeaway. That means you can open a student's Takeaway and leave comments for them. You can also share a Takeaway with other teachers, parents, or mentors through the Google Drive share interface.
  • In addition to seeing the content from your Session, students also get space to type notes and reflect on what they learned.
  • Each time you publish Takeaways, you get a Blank Responses Copy. You can share it to a student who missed class so they can work through the lesson!
  • Takeaways can be published only once per Session - but you can run unlimited Sessions in Pear Deck.
  • Takeaways are individual Docs. But if you looking for a way to see all of your students' responses in one document, try exporting responses to a Google Sheet.

Example Takeaway

The image below shows you what each Takeaway will look like. Notice that the document contains the name of the Session, the name of the Deck, the name of the person who presented, and the date.

Use a Takeaway to Extend the Lesson

When you publish Takeaways, you give students an easy way to go back and review the lesson later. 


You can also use Takeaways to extend the lesson beyond the classroom. For example, you could assign Takeaways as homework and ask students to reflect on what they learned in the spaces provided. You could ask them to reflect on another student's answer that differed from theirs, or to describe their thought process as they unpacked certain questions. These kinds of reflection questions help students think about their learning process in a meta-cognitive way.

Because you have access to the Takeaway through Google Docs, you can leave comments for students, giving them specific feedback on their answers. 

Enable Takeaways

Before you can use this feature, you'll need to enable Takeaways. Here's how:

Publish Takeaways

There are two ways to publish Takeaways:

  • When you end a Session
  • From any Sessions menu

When you end a Session

When you are done presenting, click the More Actions (3-dot) menu button on your Navigation Bar. Click  End This Session.

A box will appear to let you name your session. You might call it something like "World History Period 1." Once you name it, you can check the box to publish Takeaways. Finally, click Save & End Session.

From any Sessions menu

In any  Pear Deck Sessions menu, you will see a More Actions menu next to each Session in the list. Click on the More Actions menu button to publish Takeaways for that Session. The Session must be closed in order to publish Takeaways.

How to Find and Comment on a Student's Takeaway

When you publish Takeaways at the end of a Session, you will get a link. For you, this link leads to the list of the Takeaway documents for the Session. For a student, the same link will open the Takeaway made specially for that student.

When you publish Takeaways, they are automatically stored in Google Drive. Here's how to find them:

  • Open your Google Drive
  • Open the Pear Deck folder
  • Open the Takeaways folder
  • Find the Deck or presentation title, and open that folder
  • Find the Session name, and open that folder. Inside of it, you will find all of the Takeaways for that Session.

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