How Students Join a Pear Deck Session

Overview

When you're done creating your interactive Pear Deck slides, you can present your lesson. Presenting a Deck starts a new Session. Students join the Session by going to joinpd.com on their own devices and logging in with the Join Code from your Projector View. You can choose from two options:

Peary_Normal (Forward)Login settings are held for all future Sessions. If you turn off the student login requirement and let students join anonymously, you will not be able to retrieve their names from any Sessions you present going forward. However, you can change your settings any time to collect names again. 

 

Let Students Join with an Email Address

When you require students to join with an email address, they must submit email account info as soon as they join the Session. Their email addresses and names are automatically saved along with their responses throughout the Session. You can easily review students' work and see who left each response in the Dashboard, Takeaways™, or by exporting responses to a Google Sheet (Takeaways™ and spreadsheet exports are only available when you sign into Pear Deck with a Google account). There are two places from which to activate login settings:

Peary_Normal (Forward)Requiring email login is perfect when you want to review, evaluate, or grade students' work. You can get direct insight into how individual students are doing, how well they understand your material, and more.

1. Your Pear Deck Home Settings page
  • Go to Pear Deck Home.
  • Click on your person icon.
  • Click My Account.
  • Click Settings.   
  • Go to the Require Student Logins section. Click ON. Then, choose the account type you want students to use to join your Sessions. When you require login, you can only allow one email account type to join your Session. Going forward, when you present your lesson and students go to joinpd.com, they will be prompted to join with the Session Join Code and the email account type. This setting applies to all further Sessions until you change it. Settings, require email on, google, red arrows

2. The Pear Deck Sidebar
  • Open the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Add-in.
  • Click on the menu (three-lines) button.
  • Go to Require Student Logins. Click the button to make it green (active). When you present your lesson and students go to joinpd.com, they will be prompted to join with the Session Join Code and the email account type that is current in your Settings menu.Sidebar, require student logins on, red arrow

Let Students Join Anonymously

When you let users join anonymously, they are not prompted to enter email account information. Instead, an avatar and a nickname is assigned to represent them. Participants can respond to your interactive slides, but you will not be able to see their names. Please note: If you turn off student logins and let students join anonymously, you will not be able to retrieve their names from any Sessions you present going forward. Turn the setting back ON to collect student login information again at any time.

Peary_Normal (Forward)Anonymous login is ideal when you can't get everyone in your audience to join your Session with just one account type. It's also perfect when your audience needs to submit responses anonymously - not even you will have a way to see their names, during or after the Session.

  • Here's what the presenter sees when login is anonymous:Join instructions, avatars, red arrow
  • Here's an example of what the participant/student sees:Student join, classroom climate, avatar


There are two places from which to activate this setting.

1. Your Pear Deck Home Settings page

  • Go to Pear Deck Home.
  • Click on your person icon.
  • Click My Account.
  • Click Settings.   
  • Go to the Require Student Logins section. Click OFF. When you present your lesson and students go to joinpd.com, they will be prompted to enter the Session Join Code. Then they will be assigned an avatar and a nickname as they automatically enter your Session.

2. The Pear Deck Sidebar

  • Open the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Add-in.
  • Click on the menu (three-lines) button.
  • Go to Require Student Logins. Click the button to make it grey (inactive). When you present your lesson and students go to joinpd.com, they will be prompted to enter the Session Join Code. Then they will be assigned an avatar and a nickname as they automatically enter your Session.

 

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