How to Present a Pear Deck


Ready to present the Deck you created? Follow this guide to run your Pear Deck lesson with ease.

  1. Hook your Computer up to a Projector
  2. Present with Pear Deck
  3. Help students join
  4. Run your Session with Presentation Controls
  5. End your Session

Bonus: Advanced Presenting Tools


1. 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 setting, we recommend that you connect your computer to a projector so you can display the Projector View of your slides to the entire class.

Peary_Normal (Forward)When you display your Projector View in front of the class, you can show all responses to the entire class. Students get to see what their peers are thinking, reflect on other points of view, and spark a stimulating class discussion. Responses are anonymous by default on the Projector View, so students don’t have to worry about being embarrassed or getting the answer wrong.

Alternatively, you can present in a way that lets students work independently, without looking at a Projector, by activating Student-Paced Mode.

2. Present with Pear Deck

When you present your slides with Pear Deck, you start a new, live Pear Deck presentation Session. You can launch your presentation from three different places:

  • Your Pear Deck Home. Click on the Deck you want to present. When the Deck modal window (below) opens, click Start Presenting.Deck modal, present from home, croppped, red arrow
  • The Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in:Ppt, present with pear deck, red arrow, cropped
  • The Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on:Gslides, present lesson, red arrow, cropped

3. Help students join your presentation

When you present your Session, your Projector View opens. The Join Instructions for students are projected on the screen.

To join the presentation, students follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Enter the five-letter Join Code from the Projector View. Or, click on the Session link instead of the Join Code (click Give Students a Link).Join instructions, give students a link circled
  • Enter the Session anonymously with an assigned avatar, or enter with a Google or Microsoft Office 365 account email and password. This will depend on the presenter's settings.

4. Run your Session with Presentation Controls

As students get connected, the number who join your Session appears on the Projector View.

Join instructions, students connected, red circle
To start your lesson, close the Join Instructions. The Join Code will stay visible in the upper right corner of every slide. Hover over the bottom of the screen and open the Navigation bar.

Guide to the Navigation Bar

  • Use the arrows to navigate through the slides. You can also open the Slide Drawer between the arrows to jump to a slide.
  • Click Lock Screens to freeze students' screens when you want them to stop answering.Navigation bar, lock screens button circled
  • Click and hold the Lock Screens button to trigger a countdown timer.
  • Click Show Responses to share answers on the Projector. Responses are anonymous by default on the Projector View.Navigation bar, projector button, circled 2
  • Select the New Question button to repeat a question and get new responses, or drop in an unplanned question and make good use of a teachable moment.Navigation bar, new question circled
  • Leaving the Navigation Bar, you can go to the top left corner of the screen to find Layout Controls. Choose from Grid view, List view, and the Overlaid Layout to arrange the responses how you like them.

5. End Your Session

At the end of class, end your Session so students can't be connected anymore. Later, you can reopen this Session in your Sessions menu. Or, you can present the same Deck again to begin a new Session with different students.

  • Click the END Button on the Navigation Bar.Navigation bar, end button
  • 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. 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.

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:

Let us know if you have questions by emailing!