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Getting Started with Flashcard Factory


Increase retention and engagement with this fun, team-oriented vocabulary game! In the Flashcard Factory, students work together to create the best example sentences and illustrations for your vocabulary terms. At the end of the game, you can review and choose the final flashcard set as a group. Finally, print the final set or export it to Gimkit for free. Students can play review games with their cards at home, and all of the fun examples they created will help them remember and better understand the terms.

Please note: Pear Deck Vocabulary and the Flashcard Factory are only available for users who log in with Google at this time.


Here's how to use Vocabulary and the Flashcard Factory in Five Steps:

Step One: Create a Vocabulary List

Go to Pear Deck and log in as a teacher to open your Pear Deck Home. Please note: You must use a Google account to play the Flashcard Factory game at this time! When you reach Pear Deck Home, click Start a Vocab List:

Step Two: Add Vocabulary Terms to your List

You can find a Vocabulary List by Subject, paste in your own list, or type in terms. Merriam-Webster is on call to help you fill in definitions as you go. You get to choose whether or not to provide students a definition. Learn more about creating a list.

Step Three: Play the Flashcard Factory Game

The Flashcard Factory is most fun when you project the game in front of the room. It's not technically necessary though, so if you don't have a projector, no worries.

When you're ready to begin, click the blue Play Flashcard Factory button (see the image above). Pear Deck displays instructions on your screen (the Projector View) telling students how to join the game. Just like they enter a Slides Session, students need to go to joinpd.com, log in with their Google Account, then enter the code displayed on the Projector View.

You'll see students' names appear on your screen as they join. Students are automatically assigned a partner to create example sentences and illustrations for the new terms during the game. Once they have joined the session, click Clock in to enter the Production Phase. Students can then start creating their cards. As a class, you can review the cards on the Projector View and choose the best examples to be included in the final Flashcard Set. Learn more about how the game is played.

Step Four: Choose your final Flashcard Set

When you are ready to for students to stop working in the Production Phase, and you want to decide which cards to send to the final set, go to Quality Control.

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In Quality Control, you can approve cards for the final set (or dismiss them). The whole class can weigh in!FF, quality control, two cards
After completing the Quality Control phase, click on the Shipping Phase button.

Step Five: Export, Print, and Review

In the Shipping Phase, click on Print or Export Set

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A new window opens. Click on Print Flashcard Set or Export to Gimkit.

  • If you choose Print, the Print menu opens. If a Flashcard does not have a definition, example, or image, we provide space for students to fill in their own copy or image after printing.FF, print set screen
  • You can also play fun study games! If you click Export to Gimkit, you get a direct link to your set in Gimkit on your Projector View, and students get the link on their screens. New Gimkit users need to create a free Gimkit account to play. But when you publish a set to Gimkit, it lives in the Pear Deck account, and you can always come back and play for free! However, if you copy a set to a personal Gimkit account, it counts toward your quota of 5 kits on the Gimkit Free plan (learn more here). Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 10.56.04 AM

Looking for a set that you published to Quizlet with Pear Deck's previous Quizlet integration? You can still access it by opening the Session in your Sessions menu. Please read Studying with Flashcard Factory Sets for detailed instructions.


We hope you enjoy this interactive experience with your students in Flashcard Factory!