How to Create a New Pear Deck Lesson

Overview

Combine the editing power of Slides and PowerPoint with the engagement power of Pear Deck!
Here are the basic steps:

Set up your Pear Deck account

1. Go to peardeck.com. Click For Teachers. The first time you come here, you'll be prompted to create your Pear Deck account. It only takes a few minutes!Teacher login button, red arrow

2. On your new Pear Deck Home page, click Get Add-On or Get Add-in.

3. You'll be asked for permission to install the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on if you login with a Google account, or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in if you use a Microsoft Office 365 account.

4. After installing, you can go back to your Pear Deck Home screen at any time and click Create a Lesson. Or, go directly to Google Slides or PowerPoint Online and open Pear Deck (see the Create slides section).Home, create a lesson, red arrow, cropped

Click the links to learn more about Pear Pop and Pear Deck Vocabulary.

Create slides

After clicking Create a Lesson, you land in the Google Slides or PowerPoint Online Editor (depending on your email login type). Now you can start building interactive slides from scratch and/or adding Formative Assessment Slide Templates to any presentation. 

Peary_Normal (Forward)Pear Deck's team of educators have created an array of Formative Assessment Slide Templates. The templates 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 Slide Library.

  • Google Slides
    • Open any presentation. Put the prompt, question, image, etc. that you want students to see on the main body of the slide.
    • 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.
    • In the Pear Deck Sidebar, go to the Ask Students a Question section to add an Interactive Response to the slide.
    • You can also go to the Template Library and add pre-made Slide Templates to your presentation.

       

  • PowerPoint Online
    • Open any presentation. Put the prompt, question, image, etc. that you want students to see on the main body of the slide.
    • Click on the Home tab, then click on the Pear Deck Add-in button to open the Pear Deck Sidebar.Ppt, open add-in, red arrow, cropped
    • In the Pear Deck Sidebar, go to the Ask Students a Question section and add an Interactive Response option to the slide.
    • You can also go to the Template Library and add pre-made Slide Templates to your presentation.

  • Pear Deck presentations are automatically saved as soon as you create them. Here's how to reopen them:
    • In Google Drive, presentations are saved in your Pear Deck folder, which we created for you when you installed Pear Deck. You can also find Pear Deck presentations in Google Slides.
    • In OneDrive, go to Files and you'll see your Pear Deck files there.
    • You can also see your recent files on your Pear Deck Home page for quick access.

Present your lesson

When you're ready to present, go to the Pear Deck sidebar and click the green Pear Deck present button. This starts a new Pear Deck Session for your students to log into at joinpd.com. They will use the Join Code from your Projector View. Learn more about how to run your presentation.
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If you have questions, write us a note at Help@peardeck.com!