How to Create a New Pear Deck Lesson

Overview

Pear Decks Slides presentations are all created in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online, so you can combine the editing power of Google Slides or PowerPoint with the interactive engagement power of Pear Deck! 


    Set up your Pear Deck account

    1. Go to peardeck.com.
    2. Click Teacher Login. The first time you come here, you'll be prompted to create your Pear Deck account. It just takes a few minutes.
      Teacher login button, red arrow
    3.  On your new Pear Deck Home page, click Get Add-On or Get Add-in.
    4. You'll be asked to grant permissions to allow Pear Deck access to your files. Click here to learn why we need access.
    5. Go to your Pear Deck Home screen anytime and click Create a Lesson (see Create slides below), see your presentation Session data, open your account settings, and more!

    Create Slides

    You'll create all of your Pear Deck Lessons/presentations in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online. When click Create a Lesson/Presentation on your Pear Deck Home, you land in the Google Slides or PowerPoint Online Editor (depending on your Pear Deck account type). Now you can build interactive slides from scratch and/or add premade Slide Templates to your presentation. Note that you can indeed add Pear Deck Interactive Slides and Slide Templates to any preexisting Google or PowerPoint Online presentations!

    Peary_Normal (Forward)Pear Deck's team of educators have created an array of premade Formative Assessment Slide Templates that are built to help your students warm up for the day, think more deeply about any subject, develop critical thinking skills, reflect on the lesson, and much more. They're all free and available in the Pear Deck Sidebar Template Library. Learn more here!


    • In Google Slides
      1. Open any presentation. Put the prompt, question, image, etc. that you want students to see on the main body of the slide.
      2. Go to Add-ons > Pear Deck > Open Pear Deck Add-on to open the Pear Deck Sidebar. If you haven't gotten the Add-on yet, first click Get add-ons to install Pear Deck.
      3. In the Pear Deck Sidebar, go to the Ask Students a Question section to add an Interactive Response for students to the slide.
      4. You can also open the Template Library to insert premade Interactive Slide Templates to your presentation.

         

    • In PowerPoint Online
      1. Open any presentation. Put the prompt, question, image, etc. that you want students to see on the main body of the slide.
      2. Click on Home > More Options (three-dots menu) >  Pear DeckPpt, home, more options, pear deck, with arrows-1
      3. In the Pear Deck Sidebar, go to the Ask Students a Question section and add an Interactive Response option to the slide.
      4. You can also go to the Template Library and download premade Slide Templates, then upload them for your own use.

    Pear Deck presentations are automatically saved as soon as you create them.

    Here's how to reopen them:

    • Pear Deck for Google Slides presentations can be found in Google Drive. If you launched your presentation from your Pear Deck Home, it is saved in your Google Drive > Pear Deck folder, which we created for you when you installed Pear Deck. You can find all Pear Deck presentations in the Google Slides app, as they are built within Google Slides.
    • Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online presentations can be found in OneDrive. Go to Files and you'll see your Pear Deck files there.
    • You can also see recent files on your Pear Deck Home page for quick access.

      Present your lesson

      Students must join a Pear Deck Session in order to engage and respond to your interactive slides! Here's how to present a Session:

      1. Open the Pear Deck sidebar and click the green Present Lesson (PowerPoint Online Add-in) or Start Lesson (Google Slides Add-on) button. 
        Screen Shot 2020-01-30 at 12.13.54 PMGslides, start lesson button
      2. If you choose Instructor Paced Mode, the Projector View opens for you. If you choose Student Paced Mode (and you have a Premium account) the Dashboard View opens automatically.2. Choose Mode
      3. Give students the Join Code or Join Link from your Projector View or Dashboard View to enter your Session and leave responses. Learn more about how to run your presentation.


      If you have questions, write us a note at Help@peardeck.com!