Pear Deck is a tool that allows you to turn presentations and lessons into interactive learning materials. The way the Pear Deck works is simple and easy: First, make sure you have the Pear Deck add-on installed in Google Drive or OneDrive. Then open your PowerPoint presentations or presentations and add the interactive features of the Pear Deck.
You can add a number of question types including multiple choice, open ended questions, pull questions, and more. You can also use the pre-made Pear Deck templates to design interactive presentations. Once your presentation is ready, you can present it to the whole class. Students can join the session from any device using a web browser with a unique access token. Or you can assign it as homework for students to work on at their own pace.
With teacher speed mode, teachers can control each group of their computers, monitor student progress and provide timely feedback. Teachers can also select specific student responses to share with the whole class or show the entire class’s answers. Anonymous Student Answers Only teachers can access personally identifiable information. Teachers can also lock students’ screen and prevent them from modifying their answers.
The purpose of this post is to introduce you to the Pear Deck and introduce you to some of its main features. More specifically, the post covers the following points:
- What does a Bear Deck do?
- How to use the Pear Deck in the classroom
- How to add a Pear Deck to Google Slides?
- How to Create a Lesson or Presentation for a Pear Deck?
- How to add pre-made slide templates to your presentation
- How to manage student responses
- Teacher-paced mode versus student-paced mode?
- Add Questions to Pear Deck Lessons / Shows
- A- Teacher’s Notes Pear Deck
- b- Provide notes to students using ready meals
- Evaluate students’ responses
- Is the Bear Deck free?
- Pear Deck Video Tutorials
What does a Bear Deck do?
The Pear Deck essentially adds interactive features to your presentations and lessons making them more interactive and easy to learn. You can either design your interactive presentation from scratch or use an existing presentation in Google Slides or PowerPoint. Alternatively, you can access the Pear Deck Library and search for ready-made templates to use in your presentations.
How to use the Pear Deck in the classroom
Here are some helpful suggestions on how to use the Pear Deck in your classroom:
- Create interactive lessons and presentations to engage students in learning.
- Use the Pear Deck to conduct formative assessments in your class. Create presentations with specific questions to test students’ understanding and use the teacher dashboard to display student responses in real time. Similar tools to be used in formative assessment include: Quizalize, Kahoot, Quizlet, Goformative, Blooket, Quizizz.
- Empower students to express themselves by allowing them to share notes (anonymously if you want) and encouraging them to take charge of their own learning.
- Have students work in groups or individually to create interactive presentations to share with the whole class.
- Create interactive presentations to use in various learning activities in the classroom including bell rings, meditations, and exit tickets.
- Provide shy students and those who are afraid or embarrassed to ask questions in front of their peers a place to talk, share, and participate.
- The Pear Deck supports multiple learning styles. Students can write, draw, or provide digital responses and feedback.
- Students use Flashcard Factory to create vocabulary lists to review and reinforce their vocabulary learning.
How to add a Pear Deck to Google Slides?
There are two ways to add the Pear Deck add-on to Google Slides: The first method is to go to the Pear Deck, click Create Presentation, and follow the onscreen instructions. The second method (for presentations) is:
Open a presentation in Google Slides
Select Get Add-on
Find the Pear Deck and click to install it.
How to Create a Lesson or Presentation for a Pear Deck?
All Pear Deck lessons and presentations are created within Google Slides or PowerPoint online. You need to install the Pear Deck add-on/add-on to create your presentations. If you haven’t already installed it, you will be prompted to install it when you start creating presentations.
You can either design your presentation from scratch, use existing presentations, or use a PowerPoint presentation. Here’s how to get started creating Pear Deck Shows/Tutorials:
- Log in to the Pear Deck
- Click Create Presentations
- In Google Slides, click Add-ons and select Open Pear Deck Add-on
- Use the Pear Deck sidebar to add questions, audio, or pre-made templates
How to add pre-made slide templates to your presentation
Pear Deck has this great library of free pre-made templates that you can use to create your lessons and presentations. You can edit the templates the way you want. For example, you can change background images, text, question types, etc.
Pear Deck offers several types of molds including:
- Lesson start: Use these templates for tutorials and they include easy-to-use warm-up, temperature-check, and inversion slides.
- During the lesson: Slides in this section can be used to prompt more thought, discussion, or deeper engagement. Slide types include true/false, check understanding, summary, charts, maps, graphs, and more. These flexible slide types can be customized to a variety of limited number of subjects.
- end of the lesson: Use these slides for activities that “encapsulate the IP category with opportunities for reflection and exit tickets.”
How to manage student responses
As a teacher, you can view students’ answers anonymously on the projector screen. This way they can see and compare their answers. Also, those who struggle with questions will realize that they are not the only ones experiencing problems.
When the answers are displayed on the screen, students may be asked to change their answers causing a distraction in the class. To prevent this, you need to time-lock the answers by clicking on the lock responses button. Click the button again to open the responses.
The premium version of the Pear Deck provides more tools to help you manage student responses. This includes the ability to filter students’ answers before they appear on the screen, star answers to show samples on the screen, hide inappropriate answers, and even block rebellious students.
Teacher-paced mode versus student-paced mode?
This mode is ideal for simultaneous teaching. Allows you to connect with your students in real time.. Student paced mode allows students to follow the Pear Deck lesson/view at their own pace. They can control the movement of the slides.
From the teacher dashboard, you can view students’ work. Simply hover over the thumbnail to see who is on each slide and who is left behind. While browsing students’ answers, you can star the people you want to discuss with the whole group. To set the rest of the Pear Deck questions as homework, simply leave the session open by clicking Leave Session. Student Speed Mode is especially ideal for use in flipped learning sessions, distance learning, to feature or support teaching, and more.
Add Questions to Pear Deck Lessons / Shows
Make your lessons/presentations interactive by adding different forms of questions. These include:
- Text questions: Student text responses to your prompt.
- Multiple Choice Questions: Students choose the correct answers
- Number: Students provide numerical answers
- website: Students view and interact with a website embedded on their devices
- fee: Students draw a picture or text on their device in response to your prompt
- retractable: It can be in the form of OK/Disappointed or Excellent/Down.
Two ways to provide teacher feedback to students:
There are two ways to provide teacher feedback: one with the teacher’s Pear Deck notes and the second through a takeaway:
A- Teacher’s Notes Pear Deck
Teacher Feedback Pear Deck has been launched in beta! This tool allows you to leave feedback for students next to any type of response (drawing, text, number, multiple choice) via the dashboard. Students instantly receive their own feedback on the student’s presentation Teacher Notes, along with the dashboard, is a Premium feature available to those who sign into the Pear Deck with Google and Microsoft Office 365.”
b- Provide notes to students using ready meals
Pear Deck Takeaways (premium feature) allows you to give students personal feedback regarding their performance. The takeaway is custom, editable Google Docs that contains presentations from the presented session, student responses, and areas for leaving comments and notes.
Each time you post Takeaway, students receive a link to Takeaway. They will not be able to see the junk food of their peers. Students can access a copy of the takeaway in the Share with me section of Google Drive.
When they open their highways, students will see their responses and accompanying slides. As an instructor, you have complete control over the ownership and editing rights in Takeaways. You can also share student takeaways with parents and/or teaching assistants through Google Drive.
“Every time you post a takeaway, you get a blank response copy, which is stored in your Google Drive folder with the rest of the takeaway in the session. You can share it with the student who missed the class so they can work through the lesson.” Check out this page for a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to use takeaway in your teaching.
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Evaluate students’ responses
One way to make it easier to grade students’ answers on the Pear Deck is to export them to a Google Spreadsheet. This requires logging into the Pear Deck with your Google account. If you want to see student names in the spreadsheet, you need to request an email login before applying. The process of exporting student responses is simple: after the session is finished, open the “More Actions” menu and click “Export to Spreadsheet”. All spreadsheet exports are saved to the Exports folder located in the Pear Deck folder in Google Drive.
Is the Bear Deck free?
Pear Deck is a free service. It offers both basic and premium subscriptions. The premium plan has additional features: add drag-and-drop responses, an immersive reader, add audio to presentations, support remote and asynchronous work with student speed mode, keep students in sync with locks and timers, share student progress and feedback, and other That’s a lot.