How Students Join a Pear Deck Session

Overview

When you're done creating your interactive Pear Deck slides, you can present your lesson. This 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. In this article, we take a detailed look at how to control who can join your Pear Deck Sessions. You can either:

  • Require Users to Join with an Email Address, or
  • Let Users Join Anonymously

Your login settings hold for future Sessions. 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. But you can change your settings at any time. Keep reading to learn how!

Require Users to Join with an Email Address

This feature is perfect for teachers who 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.

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

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 will apply to all further Sessions unless you change it. 
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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.

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Let Users Join Anonymously

When you let users join anonymously, they are not prompted to enter their email account information. Instead, an avatar and a nickname is assigned to represent them. Please note that this setting holds! 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. However, you can turn this setting back ON and collect login student information again at any time.

The more, the merrier! This feature is ideal for when you can't get everyone to log into your Session with just one account type. It is also perfect for when your audience needs to submit responses anonymously, so that not even you will have a way to see their names. However, whether you make login anonymous or not, responses are always displayed anonymously on the Projector View of every Pear Deck 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

Participants respond to your interactive slides, but you will not be able to see their names. There are two places 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.