Embed Websites and Activities in your Pear Deck

Overview

Do you have another website or app you want students to explore? Create a Website Slide and embed it into your Pear Deck lesson! Students can interact with the website without ever leaving your Pear Deck presentation.

Pear Deck can embed sites that are both secure (they have https:// at the head of the URL) and embeddable. If you'd like students to view a site that is not secure or not embeddable, you can still put the link into the slide. When you present the slide, students will be able to click on the link to load the page in a separate window. It's still an easy way to get students to the right website - but they will need to click back to the Pear Deck tab when you're ready to move on with the Session.

How to embed a website into a Pear Deck Slide

  1. Open your Google Slides or PowerPoint Online presentation.
  2. Open the Pear for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in.

3. Create a Website Slide. In the Pear Deck Sidebar, scroll down to the Ask Students a Question section, where you can create Custom Interactive Slides. Click on Website.

4. The preview window opens.

5. In the preview window, enter the web address you want to embed. If your website is embedded properly, Pear Deck displays a preview of the site in the preview window. If the preview doesn't work, that means the web address cannot be embedded because it is not secure or not embeddable. On the other hand, you may need an embed URL (see below to learn how to find it). Even if the link can't be embedded, students will still get a link to it in the presentation.

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How do you find the embedded URL?

Sometimes, all you need is a website URL. Other times, you need the embedded URL. This is the case with YouTube and Edpuzzle videos, for example.

In the example below, we wanted to embed a NOVA video for students to watch on their own screens. The page URL did was not embeddable. We needed the embed URL.

Therefore, we went to NOVA and clicked on the embed icon: </>. NOVA shows us the whole embed code. But for a Pear Deck Website slide, we need only the URL between the quotes (not the frame references that come before and after it). The part of the URL we want to paste into the website preview window is in the red frame below:

6. You can add instructions for students directly to the slide in the Google Slides or PowerPoint Online editor. The Pear Deck bar at the bottom of the slide lets you know that when you present, students will see the website on the Student View.

7. When you're ready, present your lesson. Go back to the top of the Pear Deck sidebar and click on the green Pear Deck Present Lesson button.

8. Let students explore! Students can navigate through the website on the Website Slide. In this example, they can watch the NOVA video. When you move to the next slide, their screens will move with yours. If you want students to work through additional slides at their own pace, this would be a great time to turn on Student-Paced Mode.

More Examples

Here are a couple of other cool things you could embed...

Desmos Graphing Calculator. Embed the graphing calculator and let students graph right from inside Pear Deck as part of your lesson.

Phet Simulations. Embed a PHET Simulation to let students explore and learn. Ask a spontaneous follow-up question by clicking the Ask a New Question button. Or, add pre-made follow-up questions to the Deck before you present, then turn on Student-Paced Mode to let them answer your questions on the other slides.