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Technology In Practice

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Pear Deck

About Pear Deck:

Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool that can be used in any subject, or content area. Teachers can use the Pear Deck Google Slides Add-On to make any of their pre-existing (or new) slideshows interactive. This is a great tool to make your slideshows more engaging! Once you get the hang of adding questions, it is very easy to turn any slideshow into a Pear Deck.
Ways that students can interact with a Pear Deck presentation include:
  • Drawing/sketching in response to a prompt
  • Writing a reflection, or answer to a question (both with text, and/or numbers)
  • Answering a proposed question by "vote" (dragging an icon to a place on a sliding scale, for example)
  • Answering a proposed multiple choice question
Teachers using the Pro version of Pear Deck also have the ability to add audio to any slide (a nice choice for an asynchronous Pear Deck lesson.)
Pear Deck is a helpful tool for both synchronous, or asynchronous lessons. In a synchronous Pear Deck lesson, students will answer questions, and view responses in real time. If a Pear Deck is assigned in Student Paced Mode, students have the ability to interact with the lesson on their own time.

Technology Requirements:

Teachers must create Pear Deck lessons, and add Pear Deck questions using their Macbooks. This is because the Google Slides add-on is only available via browser (Safari, or Chrome), on a laptop.
However, Pear Decks that are ready to be shared can be viewed, or shared from any device. In some cases, it may be helpful to have a second device (an iPad) on hand when you are presenting a Pear Deck lesson to your class. That way you can keep an eye on the Teacher Dashboard, as well as the Projector view (what the kids are seeing) simultaneously.

Students can interact with a Pear Deck lesson from any device (iPad, or Chromebook), once the unique Pear Deck code has been shared with them.
There is no Pear Deck app for students. Students will join your Pear Deck by going to: joinpd.com on Safari (for iPads), or Chrome (for Chromebooks), and entering the Pear Deck code you share with them.

Here is a link with the technical requirements for Pear Deck listed!
Below is a short video introduction to Pear Deck for teachers:

Account Information:

Berkeley Carroll has a school account for PearDeck, so any BC teacher can access the premium features for free. You just need to sign in at https://www.peardeck.com with your BC Google account. You should now see a spiffy crown on your profile picture, and clicking on your profile picture should show you that you have a Premium Account

Installing the Pear Deck Google Slides Add-On:

Any educator can install the Pear Deck Google Slides Add-On, which will enable you to add Pear Deck features to any existing, or new Google Slides presentation.
To install the Add-On:

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  • Make sure to allow all permissions.

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  • Sign in using your Berkeley Carroll email address.

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Finding & Opening the Google Slides Pear Deck Add-On:

You have to install the add-on before you can use it in Google Slides
  • Open a new, or existing presentation in Google Slides that you would like to add Pear Deck elements to
  • From the Google Slides toolbar, Click on:
    • "Add-Ons" ---> "Pear Deck For Google Slides Add-On" ---> "Open Google Slides Add-On"

  • Pear Deck should then open up on the right-hand side of your Slides screen

 

Tip: If you do not see the Pear Deck Add-On, you may have to open "Manage Add-Ons" and then make sure that Pear Deck is enabled for Slides (instructions for this can be found in Pear Deck FAQs)

Creating a Pear Deck Lesson:

The following video shows you how to:
  • Open the Pear Deck Add-On From Google Slides
  • Add Pear Deck questions to a slideshow you have already created
  • Set up all of the different Pear Deck question types (Draw; Write; Drag; Multiple Choice; Web)
Of course, for your own Pear Deck lesson you don't have to add all of the different question types! Just add the ones that make sense for your class. 
Tip: You can also start a Pear Deck presentation from a blank slideshow. Follow the same steps to to do this, rather than add questions on top of an existing slideshow.
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.

1 Open the Google Slides presentation that you would like to add Pear Deck elements to. Or, you can start a blank presentation from scratch!

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2 Now open Pear Deck. Click Add-ons.

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3 Hover over Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-On

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4 Hover over Open Pear Deck Add-On and Click

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5 Click on the slide you would like to add a Pear Deck interactive element to. 

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6 You can see that this slide asks students to draw their response to the question. On the Pear Deck menu, Click Draw.

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7 A pop-up appears that shows you what it will look like from both the student device, as well as the projected class slide that everyone can see.

Click Update slide.

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8 This next slide asks students to WRITE their response to the posed question. For a write-in question with text, Click Text from the Pear Deck menu.

Tip: You can also have students enter a numerical answer by Clicking Number.

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9 This next slide asks students to DRAG two icons into the section of the slide that represents their answer.

Click Draggable from the Pear Deck menu to create this format of question.

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10 Choose your icon type, and color from the Choose Draggable Items drop-down menu (this is the icon that students will drag onto the slide)

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11 When you're satisfied with your icon color & style, you can change the size that will appear as from the Draggable Item Size menu. 

If you have many students dragging icons, you probably want to make them relatively small.

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12 If you want students to add more than one icon (for example, one icon for something they feel positively about, and one for something they have a question about), Click Add another

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13 Click Update slide when you are satisfied with your icons, and how large, or small they will appear on the slide

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14 To have your students answer a Multiple Choice question on your slide, Click Choice from the Pear Deck menu

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15 Enter your multiple choice options. Click Add another if you want more than three answer choices.

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16 Click Update slide when you are satisfied with all of your answer choices

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17 The last question type is one that asks students to browse a website, which is linked to on your slide.

To add this type of interactive element, Click Website.

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18 Click Next

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19 Paste the Web Address you would like students to browse into the Enter Web Address box

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20 When you've added questions to all of the slides you want students to interact with, you're ready to start (or share), your Pear Deck presentation!

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Here's an interactive tutorial

https://www.iorad.com/player/1692520/Docs-Google---How-to-untitled-task-name

Starting and Managing a Pear Deck Lesson With Your Class:

The following video shows you how to:
  • Share the Pear Deck Join Code with your class
  • Start your class
  • View + access controls in Presenter Mode
  • Add a Pear Deck prompt during your presentation
  • Open & utilize the Teacher Dashboard controls (star responses; leave feedback; hide responses)
  • Save & share your student "Takeways" (presentation & responses) after ending the class
You can watch this Tutorial as a video, or view it at your own pace as a scrollable list of steps (Select "View it - List" and scroll down on the dropdown menu for this option.

1 When you are ready to start a live Pear Deck lesson (or share it asynchronously), Click Start Lesson

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2 For a live Pear Deck lesson, Click Instructor-Paced Activity

(See Pear Deck FAQs for more information on assigning a Pear Deck as a Student-Paced Activity)

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3 When the join code appears, make sure students are navigating to: joinpd.com, and entering the code.

You can see how many students have joined your class on the bottom left-hand corner.

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4 You can also invite students to join your Pear Deck by Clicking Give Students a Link, and paste the link into your Zoom chat (if you are teaching the Pear Deck live)

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5 When all of your students have joined the Pear Deck, Click Start Class

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6 Your Pear Deck will open automatically into Presenter View. Advance through your Pear Deck slides using the arrows.

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7 When you reach a Pear Deck slide that asks for student interaction, Click Show Responses to display the student responses on the presenter screen

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8 You can see how many people have responded next to the Green "Presenting" Circle

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9 When enough time has passed for everybody to respond to the Pear Deck question, Click Lock Screens (this will make it so students can no longer submit to that specific slide)

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10 You can add a new question for students to answer directly into your Pear Deck, even when you're presenting live. To do this, Click New Prompt.

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11 It allows you to choose what sort of prompt to add, as well as when to add it (at the beginning of your Pear Deck, in the middle of it, or at the end)

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12 To open the Teacher Dashboard during your presentation, Click the three vertical dots, and then Click Open Dashboard in New Window (or in a new device, if you have an iPad handy)

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13 This will open up the Dashboard, where you can see who has (or hasn't) responded to the question, and also give feedback, or highlight ("star") answers.

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14 Click the blue button showing the number of students to pull up a "Roster" of who is in the class

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15 Click Star Answer on any answers you want to highlight to the class

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16 Click Leave Feedback if you want to respond directly to a student's answer

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17 Click Send Feedback to send the feedback (this is private feedback, between you and the student)

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18 Click the three vertical dots, and then Hide Response to hide any specific responses from the class

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19 Click Show Responses from this screen to make the responses visible to the whole class

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20 Student responses will appear automatically in a "list" format, but you can arrange them in a Grid by changing the layout on the top of the screen. You can also sort them by different factors.

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21 Click End when you are done with your Pear Deck lesson.

You can end your Pear Deck from either the Presenter View, or the Teacher Dashboard.

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22 If you want to review your student answers more carefully later, name your session so you can find it easily

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23 Check Publish Student Takeaways to have your slides, and student answers saved as a Google Doc directly into your Google Drive

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24 Click Save & End Session (it may prompt you to log into your BC email account, so everything can be saved correctly - make sure to allow all permissions, when prompted)

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25 You can also share the class Takeaways (slides & responses) with your class. Copy & paste the Takeaway link, or share it to Google Classroom

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Here's an interactive tutorial

https://www.iorad.com/player/1692524/Pear-Deck---How-To-Start---Manage-a-Lesson

Below are a few more "Frequently Asked Questions" that may help you use Pear Deck in your teaching practice:


1. Can I make an anonymous Pear Deck lesson, where student answers are anonymous to other students as well as the teacher?
2. How do I assign a Pear Deck lesson in Self Paced Mode for an asynchronous lesson?
3. Why is Pear Deck not showing up for me as an Add-On in Google Slides?

1. Can I make an anonymous Pear Deck lesson, where student answers are anonymous to other students as well as the teacher?
Pear Deck answers are always anonymous to other students. According to Pear Deck:
The Projector View displays all responses anonymously by default so students can focus on the concepts and not worry about being embarrassed to get the answer wrong. 
For example, this is what a Multiple Choice answer screen, and a Write-In answer screen would look like to students on Projector View (no names attached):

There IS a way to do an entire Pear Deck anonymously. In this lesson format, students will have avatars + nicknames automatically generated for them. Just keep in mind that if you start a Pear Deck in this setting, you will not be able to go back (or see in the Teacher Dashboard) who responded, or who submitted which answer. 
To start an anonymous Pear Deck session:
  • Click the 'Settings' Menu on the Pear Deck Add-On (the three horizontal lines).
  • Toggle 'Off' "Require Student Logins."

 


2. How do I assign a Pear Deck lesson in Self Paced Mode for an asynchronous lesson?
You don't just have to do live Pear Deck lessons. If you have created a Pear Deck that you want students to complete asynchronously, or on their own time, follow these steps:
  • Click "Start Lesson."

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  • Select "Student Paced Activity."

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  • You can now share the Pear Deck with your students in a few different ways: 
    • By copying & pasting the Pear Deck link into Google Classroom
    • By sharing it directly in Google Classroom as an Assignment
    • By providing them with the Share code, which they will enter at: joinpd.com

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3. Why is Pear Deck not showing up for me as an Add-On in Google Slides?
If you don't see the Pear Deck Add-On after installing it, you may have to manually add it. To do this:
  • From your Google Slides toolbar, Click on "Add-ons" ---> "Manage Add-Ons."

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  • Find your Pear Deck Add-On, and make sure that "Use in this document" is selected.

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Here are a few ways you might use Pear Deck - have students...

  • Check into class by drawing a quick doodle, or writing a phrase/word representing how they are feeling
  • Drag an icon onto a "mood scale" reflecting how they are feeling; or a "confidence scale," or "knowledge scale" determining how well they think they comprehend a class topic/skill
  • Drag an icon to visibly "vote" on something (the most icons on the respective option wins!)
  • Write in the answer to a class question - a great option for students who don't speak up in class as much
  • Browse a supplementary website (linked to within the Pear Deck) in a more controlled way
  • Complete an "Exit Ticket" for class - write/draw/vote on how they thought the class went

Below are examples of Pear Deck in practice:

And here are a few examples not from Berkeley Carroll (these are templates you can make copies of, edit & share):

Here are more resources from the Pear Deck support pages:


​Do you have a specific Pear Deck question that you can't find the answer to?
Email Help Desk: helpdesk@berkeleycarroll.org with "App Request" in the Subject Line.

Do you want to see how other educators are using Pear Deck? Interested in updates, or how they're approaching Remote Learning? Browse their Twitter feed!

Below is a recording of the Pear Deck Teaching and Learning Session. Content in the video includes: 
  • Logging into your Pear Deck pro account
  • Installing the Pear Deck Google Slides Add-On
  • Creating a basic Pear Deck presentation
  • Sharing your Pear Deck (in Instructor-paced, as well as student-paced modes)
  • A Pear Deck lesson demo with Mr. Duprez