The Teacher Dashboard


The Projector View of your Pear Deck presentation displays answers anonymously by default, so no one is afraid to participate, and everyone is included in your lesson! But have you wondered how to see students' names and track each student's responses? The Teacher Dashboard shows you this confidential information. It can be opened easily on a private screen or a separate tablet. The Dashboard gives you more insight into how your students are doing, during and after class. Please note: The Teacher Dashboard is a Premium Feature.


Basic Steps

How to Open the Dashboard

There are a few different ways to open the Dashboard.

  • Simply start a new presentation by opening the Pear Deck sidebar in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online and clicking the green Present button. The Projector View (with the Join Instructions) opens immediately. The Dashboard opens automatically in a separate window.  If you're working with two devices, you can turn off mirroring on your display monitor, then drag the Dashboard window to a private device (learn about mirroring).
  • Click Open Teacher Dashboard in the Join Instructions on the Projector View.
  • Click on the More Actions (three-dots) Menu on the Navigation Bar on any slide.
  • Open the Dashboard from your Sessions menu. This is the recommended way to review it after class.Sessions menu, projector and dashboard views (2)

How to use the Teacher Dashboard

  • Quick Tour
    1. Slide Drawer: On the left side you can preview of all your slides. The right side is the Projector preview.
    2. The Navigation Bar: The Navigation bar lets you navigate your slides and control the presentation. Scrolling in the Dashboard does not sync up to the Projector View - this way, your scrolling action is private. But you can click or tab on a response in the Dashboard, and the Projector View will highlight that response!
    3. Student Response Preview: As students begin responding to your question, you'll immediately see their responses. You can scroll through the responses to see if anyone is lost or confused. You can do all this privately without sharing responses on the projector.
    4. Student Roster: The student roster is in the top right corner where you see the number of students who have joined your session. Click this button to see the list of who has joined.
    • The Slide Navigation Bar
      1. Navigation Buttons: Use the slide arrows to move through your slides. Or, open the slide drawer between the arrows to jump ahead and/or get a preview of what students will see on each slide.
      2. Notes: Click this button to open speaker notes from Google Slides.
      3. Show Responses: Click here when you are ready to share responses on the projector. Student responses are always displayed anonymously on the Projector View.
      4. Lock: Click this button to lock students' screens so they can't make any changes.
        Lock Timer: Click and hold the Lock Button to set a countdown timer so students know how long they have to finish answering. When the timer gets to zero, all student screens will lock. You can choose between 30 seconds, 1 minute, and 3 minutes.
      5. Ask a New Question: When you want to add an additional question to your presentation, click this button. You can re-ask the same question or drop in a new pre-set question to take advantage of a teachable moment. Learn more about Quick Questions.
      6. More Actions Menu: Go to your More Actions (3-dot) menu to do additional things, like end your session or turn on Student-Paced Mode.
      7. END: Click this button to end the Session.

      Customize the Dashboard

      In the Dashboard, you get to control which responses are visible on the projector view. You can change the response layout, curate which responses to display, and sort responses.

      • Change the Response LayoutMost response types have 3 layout choices: List view, Grid view, and Overlay. There are a few limitations to this (for example, text responses cannot be overlaid). Here is what the three layouts look like on a Drawing slide. These images are taken from the Projector View, so no student names are showing.
        • List view
        • Grid view
        • Overlaid view
      • Curate answers to display on the Projector
        • Highlight good examples or common misconceptions with the star button next to the response(s).Naomi and Mackenzie's responses are starred in the above image. Now, when I project responses, only their answers will display on the Projector View. You can star multiple responses. Click Clear Stars to display all responses on the Projector View again.
        • Hide a response from the Projector View by clicking the More Actions (3-dot) button next to the student's name and selecting Hide Response. This is helpful when a student has submitted an inappropriate or distracting response, when you want to hide a deleted response, or simply focus the discussion. All answers are automatically saved in Pear Deck, so hiding only removes them from the Projector View!
      • Sort responses
        Use the Sort by filter at the top of the Dashboard to sort answers by:
        • Time of response
        • Student, in alphabetical order, by first name
        • On a Text Response question students can enter multiple answers, which is great for brainstorming or adding additional thoughts. By default, those answers will display in order of time received. But any time a student has entered multiple responses, you'll see a little indication in the corner beneath the answer. When you click on it, you will be taken to the other answer.

      Scroll the Projector View from the Dashboard

      Scrolling in the Dashboard does not sync up to the Projector View - this way, your scrolling action is private. But you can click or tab on a response in the Dashboard, and the Projector View will highlight that response!


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