Do you want help introducing a tech tool to your students?
Aidan, Kris & myself are more than happy to help introduce tech (remote, or IRL) to your class. We can also spend time, or an entire Digital Essentials class period helping your students, or supplementing an existing project in your curriculum!
If it makes sense for one of us to come in more than other (ex: Do you want Kris' database, or Sora expertise? Aidan's website building skills?) We can come into your class even if we don't regularly teach Digital Essentials in that grade.
Just let us know as a team in advance, & we will work out the logistics.
We are also as excited as you are to help in a more significant way with interdisciplinary projects. Let's collaborate!
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!
2 Now open Pear Deck. Click Add-ons.
3 Hover over Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-On
4 Hover over Open Pear Deck Add-On and Click
5 Click on the slide you would like to add a Pear Deck interactive element to.
6 You can see that this slide asks students to draw their response to the question. On the Pear Deck menu, Click Draw.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
13 Click Update slide when you are satisfied with your icons, and how large, or small they will appear on the slide
14 To have your students answer a Multiple Choice question on your slide, Click Choice from the Pear Deck menu
15 Enter your multiple choice options. Click Add another if you want more than three answer choices.
16 Click Update slide when you are satisfied with all of your answer choices
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.
18 Click Next
19 Paste the Web Address you would like students to browse into the Enter Web Address box
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!
1 When you are ready to start a live Pear Deck lesson (or share it asynchronously), Click Start Lesson
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)
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.
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)
5 When all of your students have joined the Pear Deck, Click Start Class
6 Your Pear Deck will open automatically into Presenter View. Advance through your Pear Deck slides using the arrows.
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
8 You can see how many people have responded next to the Green "Presenting" Circle
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)
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.
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)
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).
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.
14 Click the blue button showing the number of students to pull up a "Roster" of who is in the class
15 Click Star Answer on any answers you want to highlight to the class
16 Click Leave Feedback if you want to respond directly to a student's answer
17 Click Send Feedback to send the feedback (this is private feedback, between you and the student)
18 Click the three vertical dots, and then Hide Response to hide any specific responses from the class
19 Click Show Responses from this screen to make the responses visible to the whole class
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.
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.
22 If you want to review your student answers more carefully later, name your session so you can find it easily
23 Check Publish Student Takeaways to have your slides, and student answers saved as a Google Doc directly into your Google Drive
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)
25 You can also share the class Takeaways (slides & responses) with your class. Copy & paste the Takeaway link, or share it to Google Classroom
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.