Use the Projector View and Teacher Dashboard at the Same Time

Overview

The best practice for presenting Pear Deck is to hook your computer to a Projector, just like when you present a normal PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation. The slides show up on the big screen (Projector View), and you can flip through them on that view. When students join your Pear Deck presentation from their devices, they can see the same slide content on their own devices (Student View).

You can also open the Teacher Dashboard (a Premium feature) on a separate device. Unlike the Projector View, this View shows students' names next to their answers and lets you control the slides from anywhere in the room. You can open it on your own computer or tablet privately so participants don't see it!

It's all a matter of how you have your devices arranged. In this article, you can see how to arrange your computer and projector based on the devices you have available:

  • I have my computer connected to a projector - that's all
  • I have a computer connected to a projector AND a separate tablet
  • I have a Chromecast

I have my computer connected to a projector - that's all

Great. The key here is mirroring. You will want to make sure you have display mirroring turned off.

What the heck do you mean?

Normally when you hook a computer to a projector, the projector displays exactly what's on your computer screen. That is, it mirrors your screen.

BUT!

You can make the projector display a different window than the one you are looking at on your computer. Just turn off mirroring.

How do I turn of mirroring, then?

On a Chromebook

  • Find Manage Displays and extend your desktop. There are also keyboard shortcuts to speed this up. This Google help article will guide you.

On a Mac

  • Open System Preferences and then click on Displays. Under the Arrangement tab, there is a little check box that says Mirror Displays. Un-check that box.

On a PC

  • Go to Display Settings and choose Extended Desktop. Windows support can help guide you.

Now What?

Once you have mirroring turned off, your desktop just expands across both the projector and your computer. That means you can drag a window from one screen to the other. So you can follow these steps:

  1. Start presenting your Pear Deck. The Projector View with the Join Instructions opens immediately.
  2. Drag the Projector (presenter) View that just opened to your projector screen.
  3. Open another browser window on your personal computer or tablet.
  4. Go to peardeck.com/dash
  5. The Teacher Dashboard will open and students won't be able to see it!

I have a computer connected to a projector AND a separate tablet

Perfect! This will be easy:

  1. Start presenting your Pear Deck on the computer that is connected to the projector. The Projector View with the Join Instructions opens immediately.
  2. Next, open a browser window on your tablet and make sure you are logged into the same account you used to present the Session in step 1.
  3. Type peardeck.com/dash
  4. The Teacher Dashboard of your most recently launched Pear Deck will open up. You can control the slides from anywhere in the room.

I have a Chromecast

What?! Really?! This will be total cake then!

  1. Start presenting your Pear Deck on the computer that is connected to the projector. The Projector View with the Join Instructions opens immediately.
  2. Chromecast the Projector View to your big screen for all students to see.
  3. Open a new window and type peardeck.com/dash to see individual student responses and control the projector privately from your own screen.