Ready to present the Deck you created? Watch this quick tips video and read the five instructional steps to learn how to present your Pear Deck Lesson and keep your class running smoothly.
Presenting a Pear Deck lesson is very similar to presenting a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation, so your first step is making sure your computer is connected to your projector. Using a Projector screen is optional, but it really helps engage the whole class. It's what allows you to easily show your slides and the anonymous responses you collect to the entire classroom. However, you can still present in a way that lets students work independently, without looking at a Projector, with Student-Paced Mode.
When you present with Pear Deck, you start a new live Session for your class to join. You can launch your presentation from three different places, including:
When you start presenting, you'll see Join Instructions for students projected on the screen, like this:
To join the presentation, students follow these steps:
1. Go to joinpd.com.
2. Sign in with their Google or Office 365 account. Students must use the same account type the teacher used to launch the presentation.
3. Enter the five-letter Join Code from the Projector screen.
As students get connected, the number who have joined the presentation increases on the Projector View in real time.
When you're ready to start the lesson, close the Join Instructions . The Join Code will stay visible in the upper right corner of every slide. To proceed, hover over the bottom of the screen, open the Navigation bar, then click the right arrow button to start moving through the slides.
Here are more helpful tips for running your lesson:
Navigate through slides by using the forward and backward arrows. You can also open the Slide Drawer between the arrows to jump to any slide.
Click the Lock Screens button when you want students to look up at you or the Projector.
Hold down the Lock Screens button to trigger a countdown timer.
Click the Show Responses button to share student answers anonymously on the Projector screen. Responses are anonymous by default on the Projector View.
Click on the Layout Controls in the top left corner of the screen to arrange the responses how you like them. Choose from Grid view, List view, and the Overlaid Layout
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.
At the end of class, be sure to end your Session so students can't be connected anymore. Later, you can present the same Deck again to begin a new Session with different students, or reopen this Session in your Sessions menu.
2. In the new window that appears, type in a name for your Session. If you plan to use this lesson for multiple class periods, I recommend something like "Earth Science: Period 1." The Session will automatically be time stamped, so don't worry about dating it.
3. Click Save and End Session. You don't have to name the Session. If you were just trying things out and you don't want to review or access it later it, feel free to leave out the name; your Session will still be saved.
If you've got the hang of the basic presenter tools, you'll be ready to power your lesson with these additional tips: