How to Present a Pear Deck


Ready to share the slides you created with your students? Then it's time to present a Pear Deck Session! When you start a Session, you get access to the Projector View and the private Teacher Dashboard (with Premium), which both contain Join instructions for your students. Your students use these instructions to enter your Session on their screens, which automatically opens the Student View for them. On the Student View, they can see your slides and respond to your Interactive Questions. The responses are automatically saved within the Projector and Dashboard Views, and you can find them later in your Sessions menu. In this article, we cover the whole process in detail.

Before presenting, determine your Session login settings

You can require students to join your Sessions with a Google or Microsoft Office 365 account, or have them join anonymously. To see exactly which students joined your Sessions and their names next to their responses (for example, in the Dashboard or Takeaways), be sure turn on email login before you present. If you don't want to see your participants' names at all, turn off email login and they will enter your Sessions anonymously. The login setting is available in your Pear Deck sidebar menu and your Settings page. Settings are saved and apply to all future sessions you present. Learn all about login settings here.

Optional: Hook your computer up to a projector

Presenting a Pear Deck lesson is very similar to presenting a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation. In a classroom, we recommend that you connect your computer to a projector so you can display the Projector View of your Session to the entire class. When you connect with students on a remote call, we suggest sharing your screen with the Projector View via the Share screen or Present button (this depends on the web conferencing software you use). Alternatively, you can present in a way that lets students work independently, without looking at a Projector, by activating Student-Paced Mode.

Peary_Normal (Forward)When you display your Projector View to the class, whether in person or on a conference call, you can show all responses. Students get to see what their peers are thinking, reflect on other points of view, and spark a stimulating class discussion. The  responses are anonymous by default on the Projector View, so students don’t have to worry about being embarrassed or getting the answer wrong. You can get better outcomes for students when you present with Pear Deck!

Present a Session

Launch your presentation and choose a Lesson Mode. Choose Instructor-Paced to open the Projector View or Student-Paced to open the Dashboard. Here's how:

  1. Start your presentation from one of three places:
    • On your Pear Deck Home, click on the Deck you want to present. When the Deck modal window opens, click Start Student-Paced or Start Live Session (learn about these modes in step #2 below).Deck modal, ppt, zoomed
    • The Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online sidebar:Ppt, present with pear deck, red arrow, cropped
    • The Pear Deck for Google Slides sidebar:Gslides, sidebar, start lesson, red arrow-1
  2. When prompted, choose a Lesson Mode. You can present your Session in Student-Paced or Instructor-Paced Mode.  
    • Student-Paced Activities are asynchronous. Students have arrows on their Student View, so they can move freely through your slides and respond to the Interactive Questions at their own pace, without you being present. Learn more here! For the teacher/presenter with Premium access, when you choose Student-Paced Activity, the private Teacher Dashboard opens automatically. In the Dashboard, you can see students' names next to their responses and who is on each slide.
    • Instructor-Paced Activity is synchronous, so your students' slides sync up with your slide on the Projector View. When you move to the next slide in your presentation, the Student View moves with it. This is ideal when you present in a classroom, or lead students through your presentation in a conference call like Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc.

      2. Choose Mode
  3. The Projector (in Instructor-Paced Mode) or Dashboard View (in Student-Paced Mode) opens. Use it to help your students join the Session, control the slides, see students' responses in real time, and more. 

    Help students join your Session

    1. Get the Join Instructions. 
      • When you choose Instructor-Paced Activity, the Projector View opens and the Join Instructions are projected automatically:Join instructions-4
      • When you choose Student-paced activity and you have Premium access, the Dashboard View opens. You can click on the Join Code in the top right corner of the screen to get Join Instructions anytime.Student paced activity, dashboard, join code with red arrow
    2. To join the presentation, your students:
      • Go to
      • Enter the five-letter Join Code from your Session at
        • Alternatively, you can post or email the Session link that you get when you click Give Students a Link (see step #1 above) and students can simply click on it to join your Session.
        • Join Codes expire after one week, but the Session link is permanent. If you want to students to participate in a Session for more than a week, have them use the Join Link.
      • Enter the Session anonymously with an assigned avatar, or enter with a Google or Microsoft Office 365 account email and password. This depends on your login settings.

    Run your Session on the Projector View

    When you run an Instructor-Paced Session, you can use the Navigation Bar on the Projector View to control the pace of the slides, see how many responses you've collected in real time, show responses on the Projector View (they're anonymous on this View by default), and much more. Navigation bar-1

    • To find the Navigation bar, hover over the bottom of any slide on your Projector View.
    • Use the arrows on the left to navigate through the slides.
    • Click on the Slide Drawer between the arrows to jump slides.
    • Click Lock Screens to freeze students' screens when you want them to stop answering a question.
    • Click and hold the Lock Screens button to trigger a countdown timer.
    • Click on Notes to see speaker notes (from Google Slides only).
    • Click Show Responses to show all responses on the Projector View and click Hide Responses to go back to the original slide. Responses are anonymous by default here. 
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    • Select New Prompt to repeat a question and gather new responses, or drop in an unplanned question and make good use of a teachable moment.
    • Leaving the Navigation Bar, go to the top left corner of the screen to find the Layout Controls. Choose from Grid view, List view, and the Overlaid Layout to arrange the responses how you like them.

    End Your Session

    At the end of class, end your Session so students can't be connected anymore. You can reopen it anytime from your Sessions menu. Or, you can present the same Deck again to begin a new Session for a different group of students.

    • Click the END Button on the Navigation Bar.Navigation bar, end button, circled
    • In the new window that appears, type in a name for your Session. If you plan to use the same Deck for multiple class periods, you could name the something like "Earth Science Period 1." The Session will be automatically date and time stamped in your Sessions menu
    • Click Save & End Session. You don't have to name the Session right now - or ever, actually. If you were just trying things out and won't need to review or reopen it later it, feel free to leave out the name; your Session will still be saved automatically.

    Advanced Presenting Tools

    If you've got the hang of the basic presenter tools, you'll be ready to power your lesson with these advanced tools:

    • Open the More Actions (3-dots) button and open the private Teacher Dashboard (with Premium) to see students' names and get individual insight into their progress during and after your lesson. You can even use the Teacher Dashboard like a remote control from a separate tablet.
    • In the same More Actions menu, Turn On Student-Paced to change from Instructor to Student-Paced mode, and vice versa, in any Session.Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 1.14.36 PM-2
    • Check out your Settings to see what other tools you can turn on, like Takeaways™ (with Premium) and Classroom Climate!

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    Article by Erin M.