Get Started with Pear Deck Slides


Welcome! This article is for anyone who wants to learn how a Pear Deck Slides Lesson works from start to finish. Keep reading to learn all of the basic components.

Peary_Normal (Forward)Pear Deck is built to support active learning and empowers teachers to hear from every student, every day, in a classroom or remote learning setting!

  1. Build your Slides
  2. Present your lesson and have students join
  3. Extend the lesson
  4. Review responses

1. Build your Slides

Pear Deck presentations are built in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online lesson with the the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in. You can:

2. Present your lesson and have students join

    1. Present your lesson by clicking Start Lesson in the Pear Deck sidebar or on your Pear Deck Home page. Before you present, require email login if you want to know who joins your Session and leaves each response.
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    2. In the new window, choose Student or Instructor Paced Mode.
    3. Your new Session begins. Every Pear Deck Session contains Join Instructions for students. On their own devices, students go to and enter the five-letter Join Code OR you can copy the Session link (Give students a link) and share it with them. Students just click the link to join. Join instructions-3
    4. Run the lesson on your Projector View. Close the Join Instructions and hover over the bottom of the slide to open the Navigation Bar. Use the controls on the to run the presentation.
      1. In Instructor Paced Session, students' screens stay synced with yours.
      2. In Student Paced Sessions, students get simple navigation controls on the Student Vies that allow them to move through all of the slides asynchronously. Therefore, you don't even have to be there and you can even turn off your device.
    5. Get insight into individual students' progress by opening the private Teacher Dashboard, a Premium feature. The Dashboard View syncs up to the Projector View, so you can use it to control the presentation on 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 in an Instructor Paced Session. By comparison, answers are anonymous by default on the Projector View!

3. Extend the lesson

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 simply want theme to go back for review. When you need to extend your lesson, here are two great options:

  1. Turn on Student-Paced Mode
    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. Open either of these Views again from your Pear Deck Home Sessions page.
  2. Publish Takeaways™ (a Premium feature, available when you log in with Google)
    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.

4. Review responses

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

  1. Export students' answers to a Google Sheet (available when you log in with Google)
    This is great if you made a quiz and/or need to score 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. 
  2. Review Answers in the Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature)
    This helps when you want to flip through the lesson slide-by-slide and see what each student said and what material might need to be revisited the next day.

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, activity, exit ticket, or critical thinking slide from the Slide Library. For more in-depth training, consider signing up for a free webinar.


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