How to Teach a Remote Lesson with Pear Deck


Pear Deck uses a WiFi connection to allow you to present and collect responses from students in real time. If you have access to the internet and the proper devices, you and your students can work through a Pear Deck lesson anywhere. 

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Quick Video Guide



  1. Start a new Pear Deck presentation or reopen a previous one from your Sessions menu. You can launch a new 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
  2. Start a video call with a service like Zoom, for example. Turn your microphone on so students can hear you speak. Turn on the camera so they can see you.
  3. In your video call, click Share or Share your screen. Select the screen with the Pear Deck Projector View to share through your video call.
  4. Ask students to join the call. You can email the call link to them or post it to a shared learning management platform. When they join, they will see your presentation.
  5. Students should go to in a separate window and log into your Session with the 5-letter Join Code from your Projector View. Or, you can copy and paste the Join Link where students can access it (use the link if the Session is more than a week old). Join instructions, give students a link circled-1 Prior to the session, you can adjust Settings to allow students to log in with an email address or anonymously. For most classes, we recommend that you require email login so you can see who left each response. Learn more here.
  6. As always, lead students through the Slides and show their responses using the Navigation controls on your Projector View.
  7. Students should arrange their windows so they can see both the video call and the Pear Deck Student View. Students will see your Projector View in the video call screen, and respond to  slides on the Student View.

Special features that enhance remote learning

  • See students' names. With Pear Deck Premium, you can see students' names in the private Teacher Dashboard.
  • Give feedback to students: Leave a comment for a student by clicking on the Feedback Button in the Dashboard. Students receive their own feedback on the Student View.
  • Publish responses to extend the lesson and grade work. At the end of your Session, you can publish Takeaways™ (with a Google account, on a Premium plan only). Takeaways are notes Doc that are shared between teacher and student, and they contain images of your slides, as well as space to comment and continue writing responses. Additionally, you can export responses to a spreadsheet at the end of the Session (with Google) and see students' names there.
  • Let students work asynchronously. Use Student-Paced Mode (a Free feature) and let your students work independently through your slides. You don't even need a video call to use this feature! Just present your lesson, turn on Student-Paced mode, and give students instructions to join. They get simple navigation controls on the bottom of their screens to see all of the slides in your presentation and respond to interactive questions. 
  • Insert audio instructions.
    • Recommended for Student-Paced Lessons: The Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on has a button which allows you to insert a new audio recording or upload one (of 10 MB or less) directly onto your slides. Learn more about it in the Add Audio Recordings to your Slides article.
    • You can make a website slide and insert a URL with your audio or video recording (from Edpuzzle, YouTube,, etc.). In a Student-Paced Lesson, students can listen to instructions or play a video one slide, then answer an interactive question on the next. This is currently the best option if you use Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online.
    • You can play an audio clip on the Projector View, but not the Student View, with Google Slides Audio. This is a good option if you want to play sound clips for students during an Instructor-Paced Lesson.
      • Open your Google Slides presentation.
      • Go to Insert > Audio.
      • Add a pre-recorded audio clip.
      • Before you present, install the quick, free Power-Up Chrome extension. This allows you to play audio, video, GIFs, and animations on your slide, on the Projector View, during your presentation.
      • Present with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on


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