What are Pear Deck Slides?


Pear Deck Slides give teachers the ability to engage and assess every student in every seat, no matter what grade or subject. Using Pear Deck will help you create an interactive and community-focused classroom that builds confidence and comprehension.

How does this work?

Pear Deck Slides is very similar to a slide show, like PowerPoint or Google Slides. But instead of static, informational sides, you get to create Interactive Slides that let every student participate in your questions or prompts right from their own devices. When you present your Deck, you get a unique Join Code for students to join your presentation from their phone or computer.

Here are the basic steps...

Step One

Customize your slides. In either Google Slides or PowerPoint Online, add the prompt or question you want students to see onto the main body of the slide. Use the editing tools in either program to fully customize it. Here's an example from Google Slides:

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You can also add a complete, pre-made Slide Template from the Slide Library (see Step Three).

Step Two

Open the Pear Deck sidebar with one of the following tools:

Step Three

Make your slides interactive. You can add pre-made Slide Templates and/or make custom Interactive Slides. Just scroll through the Sidebar to find these options.

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Step Four

Present your Deck. Click the green Present button in the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on or the Pear Deck for PowerPoint Online Add-in sidebar. This starts a new Pear Deck Session with Join Instructions, including a direct link to the Session and the unique five-letter Join Code that students use to join the Session:

Join instructions

Step Five

After they sign into your Session at joinpd.com, every student participates!