Present Videos with Pear Deck

Overview

Playing a video can be an effective way to share information with students and keep them engaged during your lesson. You can add your video directly to your Pear Deck presentation by following a few simple steps. Select your login type to learn how:

Pear Deck for Google Slides

If you log into Pear Deck with a Google account, you can:

  • Embed a video into the Student View
  • Play a video for students on your Projector View
  • Paste a hyperlink onto your slide 

Embed a video into the Student View

Embed your video into a Website Slide. This allows students to control the video on their Student View when you present a Session with Pear Deck. Students will see both the contents of your slide  and the embedded video on their screen. We’ll show you how to embed a YouTube video below, but there are many types of videos and slides that can be embedded into a Website Slide. Learn more about Website Slides here

  1. Get the video embed URL:
    1. Open the video on YouTube.
    2. Select Share.
    3. Select Embed.
    4. Copy the URL found between the frame references, as highlighted below:
  2. Paste the embed URL into a Pear Deck Website Slide:
    1. Open your Google Slides presentation.
    2. Open the Pear Deck Sidebar. Scroll down to Ask students a question and select Website.
    3. In the Preview window, paste the embed URL from the YouTube video. When it has been properly embedded, the video appears in the Preview window.
  3. When you present your Session with Pear Deck, students will be able to see the body of the slide and play the video simultaneously:

 

Play a video for students on your Projector View

When you add a video directly to your slide, you can play it for students on the Projector View of your presentation. Students will not be able to play or see it on their Student View. We recommend sharing your Projector View on a screen in front of the class or in any videoconference platform.

  1. First, install the free Pear Deck Power-up extension in your Chrome browser. Without the extension, the slide will be a static image when you present. Click here to get the Power-up extension. Find helpful tips for using the Power-up here.
  2. Open a Google Slides presentation.
  3. Open a slide and add the video by selecting Insert > Video from the Google Slides toolbar.
  4. In the new menu, search for the video you’d like to add. Select it then click the Select button to add it to your slide.
  5. When you’re ready to present your Pear Deck Session, open the Pear Deck Add-on sidebar and select Start Lesson.
  6. Your presentation Session begins. Because you installed the Power-up (step 1),  you can play the video on your Projector View.

Paste a hyperlink onto your slide 

You can paste a link to your video into a text box and make it active. During your Pear Deck presentation Session, you and your students will be able to select the link to open the video in a new tab.

  1. Open your presentation in Google Slides. Create a text box by selecting Insert > Text Box.
  2. Select the text box to highlight it.
  3. Go back to the Google Slides toolbar and select Insert > Link.
  4. Add the link and your preferred text, then select Apply.
  5. When you present your Pear Deck Session, you and your students will be able to select the link to open and play the video in a new tab .

Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online

If you log into Pear Deck with a Microsoft Office 365 account, you can:

  • Embed a video into the Student View
  • Paste a hyperlink onto your slide

Embed a video into the Student View of a Website Slide

Embed your video into a Website Slide. This allows students to control the video on their Student View when you present a Session with Pear Deck. Students will see both the contents of your slide and the embedded video on their screen. We’ll show you how to embed a YouTube video below, but there are many types of videos and slides that can be embedded into a Website Slide. Learn more about Website Slides.

  1. Get the video embed URL:
    1. Open the video on YouTube.
    2. Select Share.
    3. Select Embed.
    4. Copy the URL found between the frame references, as shown in the example below.
  2. Paste the embed URL into a Pear Deck Website Slide:
    1. Open your PowerPoint Online presentation.
    2. Open the Pear Deck Add-in sidebar.
    3. Scroll down to Ask students a question and select Website.
    4. Paste the embed URL from the YouTube video. When it has been properly embedded, an image of the video will appear in the Preview window.
  3. When you present your Session with Pear Deck, students will be able to simultaneously see the body of the slide and play the video.

 

Paste a hyperlink onto your slide 

You can paste a link to your video into a text box and make it active. During your Pear Deck presentation Session, you and your students will be able to select the link to open the video in a new tab.

  1. Open your slide. Go to the PowerPoint Online toolbar and select Insert > Text Box.
  2. Select the text box to highlight it.
  3. Go back to the PowerPoint Online toolbar and select Insert > Link.
  4. Add the link and your preferred text. Select Insert.
  5. When you present your Pear Deck Session, you and your students will be able to click the link to open it in a new tab and play the video.

    For more information on Website Slides, please see our other help articles Create a Web Slide and What Sites Can I Embed in a Web Slide? You can also email help@peardeck.com with questions!

    Article by Mallorie M. and Erin M.