Getting Started with Pear Deck Slides

Overview

This article will give you a basic overview of how to create your presentation, present and collect student responses, then review and publish those responses after class.

The typical Pear Deck lesson has four main parts:

Part One: Add Formative Assessments and questions to Check for Understanding to your slides

Part Two: Present your Pear Deck Lesson and see student responses in real-time

Part Three: Extend the lesson with homework and review

Part Four: Review student responses and provide feedback

Part One
Add Formative Assessments and questions to Check for Understanding to your slides

You can make a new presentation from scratch, or update an existing presentation, using the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for Online PowerPoint Add-in. Learn more here.

Part Two
Present your Pear Deck Lesson

  1. Before class starts, you can hook your computer to your projector (this is optional, but ideal!) and click Present Lesson. That starts a new Session and displays the Join Instructions, showing your students how to join your Session.

2. Click the blue Start Class button or close the Join Instructions. Then, go to the Navigation Bar at the bottom of the slide. Use the arrows on the Navigation bar to control the presentation. Your students' screens stay synced with yours, and they can see the slide both by looking at the projector and at their own screens. On an interactive slide, students also see the answer input on their screen, which looks different depending on the interactive response type. Learn more about the five interactive question types here.

Navigation bar, no responses

3. Get insight into individual students' progress in the Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature). The Dashboard View syncs up to the Projector View, so you can use it to control the presentation with a separate device. You can see who’s stuck or confused, and even click on the stars to automatically highlight or hide good examples or misconceptions on the Projector View.

4. Show responses on the Projector View. Responses are anonymous by default on the Projector View. Showing responses anonymously allows students to consider different ideas with an open mind. This also makes it easy to spark a discussion - students don’t have to worry about being embarrassed to get the answer wrong.

For comparison, here's how the same answers from the Dashboard image above display anonymously on the Projector View:

Part Three
Extend the lesson with homework and review

Sometimes you don’t make it through the whole lesson during class. Other times, students are absent and need to work through the lesson on their own. Or, you may want students to go back for review. When you need to extend your Pear Deck Lesson beyond class time, here are two great options for you:

  1. Turn on Student-Paced Mode.
    This is especially helpful when you didn’t complete the lesson or students were absent from class. Student-Paced Mode lets students navigate through the slides at their own pace and respond to all of the Interactive Slides. Later, their answers can be viewed by reopening the Projector and Dashboard Views, so you can talk about their answers the next day in class.
  2. Publish Student Takeaways™ (a Premium feature, available when you log into Pear Deck with a Google account)
    When the Session is over, you can give each student personalized notes. This is best when you want students to review all the content from the lesson and reflect on their own answers. Since a Takeaway™ is a Google Doc, you can easily share it with parents or tutors when a student needs help at home.


Part Four
Review Student Responses and Provide Feedback

When the Session is over, there are even more ways to review and provide feedback to your students.

  1. Export students' answers to a Google Sheet (available when you log into Pear Deck with a Google account). This is best when you made a quiz and/or evaluate Multiple Choice or Text responses. You can even use the Google Sheets Add-on Flubaroo to automatically grade the quiz and send grade reports to students. This feature is currently available only when you present with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on.
  2. Review Answers in the Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature)
    This is helpful when you want to flip through the lesson slide-by-slide and see what each student said. It’s also really helpful for identifying what material might need to be revisited the next day.

And thus we have completed our overview of Pear Deck Slides! To start creating and presenting new Decks now, install the Pear Deck for Online PowerPoint Add-in or the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on Create new Custom Interactive Slides, then try adding a warm-up question from the Slide Library!