Getting Started with Pear Deck Slides


Welcome to Pear Deck! This article will give you a basic overview of how to create an interactive Pear Deck Slides presentation, present it to students and automatically collect their responses, and review or publish their responses after class.

Let's cover the four main components to building a Pear Deck lesson.


Build your presentation

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. Pear Deck is highly adaptable to any lesson, so you can add any type of content or questions to your slides. Insert pre-made Slide Templates from the Slide Library, add Custom Interactive questions to any slide, formative assessment questions, checks -for-understanding, and more!


Users who sign in with Google can try copying an example Deck from the Pear Deck Orchard. This is great if you're totally new here and looking for a ideas. 


Present your lesson

1. Before class starts, you can hook your computer to your projector (this is optional, but ideal). Open your presentation. Then, open Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in sidebar and click the green Present button.

ppt, present with pear deck button

This starts a new Session with automatically generated Join Instructions, showing your students how to join your Session. They go to, enter the Join Code, and log in with their Google or Microsoft Office 365 account. They'll need to use the same type of account you're using to present.

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2. Now you can run the lesson. Click the blue Start Class button or close the Join Instructions. Then, hover over the bottom of the slide go to open the Navigation Bar. 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 their own screens. On an Interactive Slide, students also see the answer input on their screen (it looks different depending on the Interactive Response type). Learn more about the five Interactive Questions in Pear Deck.

Navigation bar, no responses


3. 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 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 to the class on the Projector View, where responses are anonymous by default. Showing responses anonymously allows students to consider different ideas with an open mind. This also makes it easy to spark a discussion, since students don’t have to worry about being embarrassed or getting the answer wrong.

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


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 it 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.


Review responses and give students 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. 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 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!