Pear Deck Slides are very similar to a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation. But instead of simply static, informational slides, you get to create Interactive Slides that let every student respond to your questions or prompts. When you present your Deck, students get a unique Join Code to enter your presentation right from their own devices.
Pear Deck Slides help you engage every student in every seat and give formative assessments, no matter what grade or subject you teach. Using Pear Deck will help you create an interactive and community-focused classroom that builds confidence and comprehension.
The Basic Steps
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, using the editing tools in either program to fully customize it. Here's an example from Google Slides:
You can also add a complete, pre-made Slide Template from the Slide Library (see Step Three).
Open the Pear Deck sidebar in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online. You can learn how to get Pear Deck in either of these apps by clicking on the links:
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.
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 (see above). This starts a new Pear Deck Session with Join Instructions, including a direct link to the Session (click Give Students a Link), and the unique five-letter Join Code that students can use at joinpd.com. Students can use either one to log in.
Click here to learn more about how students join a Pear Deck Session.
After they sign into your Session, every student participates!
For more information, check out this guide to getting started with Pear Deck.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!