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 (optional)
  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 (optional)

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

First launch your presentation, then choose a Lesson Mode. Here's how:

  • Launch. Present your slides with Pear Deck to start a new, live Pear Deck presentation Session. Launch your presentation from one three 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
  • Choose a Lesson Mode. You can present your lesson in Student-Paced or Instructor-Paced Mode. 2. Choose Mode
    • If you choose Student-Paced Activity, students' slides will asynchronous during your presentation. Students will have arrows on their Student View and so they can move through all of the slides and respond to Interactive Questions at their own pace, without you being present. Learn more about Student Paced Mode here!
      • For the teacher (presenter) who has Premium access, the private Teacher Dashboard opens automatically. You can see students names next to their responses and who is on each slide.
      • Teachers who have Free access will be directed to the Projector View, where you can see the responses anonymously. 
    • If you choose Instructor-Paced Activity, your students' slides will sync up with yours in real-time. When you move to the next slide in your presentation, the Student View will sync up automatically. 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.

3. Help students join your presentation

To help students join, get the Join Instructions and have students follow the steps to join the Session:

  • Get the Join Instructions. When you start your lesson, either the Projector or Dashboard View opens, depending on what Lesson Mode you chose (see step 2).
    • If you chose the Instructor-Paced Activity, the Projector View opens. The Join Instructions for students are projected automatically. Join instructions, students connected, red circle
    • If you chose the Student-paced activity and you have Premium access, you'll see the Dashboard. Be sure to click on the Join Code in the top right corner of the screen to get Join Instructions for students.Student paced activity, dashboard, join code with red arrow
  • Have students follow the steps on their screens. 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 (Give Students a Link). Join Codes expire after one week, but the Session link is permanent.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

When you run an Instructor-Paced Session, you can use the Navigation Bar to control the pace of the slides, when and how to show responses on the Projector, and much more..

  • 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!