Preview and Edit the Student View


Do you ever feel uncertain about what your students are seeing on their screens? BE NOT UNSURE! In this article you'll learn how to:

  • Edit the Student View
  • Preview the Student View
  • See the Student View during a presentation Session

Edit the Student View

When you present a Pear Deck, students see 1) the main body of the slide in its entirety, and 2) the interactive response, if you add one. So here's how to edit slides so they are ready for your presentation:

  1. First, build your slides with Google Slides or PowerPoint Online editing tools. Add a question, prompt, graph, images, etc. to the slide. Students will see everything you put on it.
  2. To make the slide interactive, open the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in menu. You can add a pre-made Interactive Slide from the Slide Library or make a Custom Interactive Slide. To make a Custom Interactive Slide, go to the Ask Students a Question section and click on the type of response you want students to have. Depending on the type you choose, you may be prompted to customize options.

Example of how to create a Draggable slide in Google Slides:

Example in PowerPoint Online:

Ppt add-in and custom draggable slide

The interactive response type is visible in the Pear Deck bar at the bottom of the slide. Learn more about editing slides.

3. Want to change the interactive response type? Open the slide, go back to the Ask Students a Question, and click on a different question type. To change the response options on a Multiple Choice, Draggable, or Website Slide, just click on the same question type again and modify the options.

Preview the Student View

When you present a Non-Interactive slide, students see the exact same thing on their screens that is on the Projector View. Here's a Non-Interactive Slide created with Google Slides editing tools. When I present with Pear Deck and students join the Session, they will see the map on the Student View:

Now, here are some Interactive Slides. The Pear Deck bar at the bottom tells us us that it's interactive and which type of interactive question (Text, Multiple Choice, Number, Website, Drawing, or Draggable) students will get to answer during the presentation. This is a Draggable slide. When I present with Pear Deck, students will be able join my Session and, when we reach this slide, drag the three flag icons over the map on their screens.

Example in PowerPoint Online:

Ppt, custom interactive slide, purple arrows

Example in Google Slides:

Here's what the above slide looks like on the Student View during a presentation Session:

Want a closer look?

Try it out before class! There is no limit to the number of Sessions you can present with Pear Deck. You can even join as a student to get a full preview of what students will see. To start a new Session, click the green Present button in either...

  • 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

Next, go to in a separate tab and join your own Session. You can even turn on Student-Paced mode on the Projector View to navigate through all of the slides independently on the Student View.

See the Student View during a presentation Session

During a Session, you see the main slide and the Pear Deck interactive bar on the Projector View (the presenter's view). You can also see exactly what students are seeing on the Student View. Just click on the Slide Navigator and open the Slide Drawer, which is located between the arrow buttons. The slide thumbnails show you exactly how the slides appear on the Student View.

Once you start presenting, try asking a New Question from the Navigation Bar to add a new Interactive Slide to the Session!