This article covers all of the known technical requirements for making sure Pear Deck works optimally at your school or site. Most of the time, Pear Deck works automatically! In this article you can read through the following categories:
We actively support the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari users. Pear Deck works great in these browsers, on all kinds of devices, including:
Pear Deck requires that all users, including teachers and students, use either a Microsoft Office 365 or Google account. You may use an individual account. Typically, schools and organizations have implemented Google Apps for Education or Office 365 Education. In order to install the Pear Deck application from the Chrome Webstore or Apps Marketplace, a Google Domain Administrator must allow users to install Chrome Applications.
Pear Deck will require different permissions based on your user type.
For a teacher/presenter, Pear Deck requires permissions in order for you to create, save, and share your Pear Deck files. Whether you sign up for Pear Deck with Google Drive or OneDrive, we'll need access to do the following:
For a student/participant, joining a Session requires permissions to identify you to the presenter and save your responses.
Pear Deck uses some third parties that require cookies to operate. We expect to set cookies from:
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Pear Deck requires that all devices in a classroom maintain an internet connection (i.e. stable WiFi). In some cases, network and connectivity problems may persist and require further troubleshooting which may include the whitelisting of the underlying services used by Pear Deck. Please contact email@example.com if you believe this may be a problem on your network.
The following domains, in bold, should be allowed through your firewall:
Squarespace powers peardeck.com.
This is what we use for all realtime communication during class.
*.googleapis.com, *.google.com, *.googleusercontent.com, *.gstatic.com
We use these to talk to Google.
We use it to store images shown on student computers.
This is the student Join URL.
We use this to collect extra information if something happens to go wrong.
We use this to provide help to teachers in the app so they don't need to email us. We don't use it with students.
We will try to make requests to some additional domains for analytics and error reporting, but those services aren't necessary to operate Pear Deck.