How Students Join a Pear Deck Session

Overview

When you're done creating your interactive Pear Deck Slides, launch your presentation. This starts a new Session. Students must join your Session to see your slides and respond to your interactive questions. Below, you can find a Quick Guide for Students to join a Session, and a Login Settings Guide for Teachers.

Quick Guide for Students

Peary_Normal (Forward)Students don't need to create a Pear Deck account to join Sessions, but they may need a Google or Microsoft Office 365 account to join a Pear Deck Session if the teacher requires it. 

  1. The teacher provides a Join Link or Join Code from their presentation.
  2. The student either:
    1. Clicks on the link OR
    2. Goes to joinpd.com and types in the 5-letter Join Code
  3. Now the student is in the Student View, where they can see the presentation and respond to the interactive questions. 

    Login Settings Guide for Teachers

    As the teacher (presenter) you get to determine whether students join your Sessions with an email account or anonymously. Login settings are held for all future Sessions. If you turn OFF student login and let students join anonymously, you will not be able to retrieve their names or email addresses from any Sessions you present going forward. Turn ON student login anytime to start collecting email addresses and names again. Keep reading to learn more:

     

    Let Students Join with an Email Address

    When you require students to join with an email address, they must enter (or select) their email account. They do this right after entering the Join Code at joinpd.com or clicking on your Session Join Link. Their email addresses and names are automatically saved along with their responses. 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 with Google). There are two places from which to activate login settings:

    Peary_Normal (Forward)Require email login if you want to see who submitted responses for any reason, during or after the Session. It's the only way to collect their names!

    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, they get an avatar and a nickname. Participants can respond to your interactive slides, but you won't 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.

    • Here's what the presenter sees when login is anonymous:Join instructions, avatars, red arrow
    • Here's 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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