Pear Deck: A Needed Piece of EdTech for Presentations

Freemium! Pear Deck is designed to integrate activities and questions into a presentation. To begin, users will need to log into Pear Deck using their Google credentials or sign in with their email. Next, a dashboard will load, and users can click the “New” button and then select the “Slide Deck” option to begin creating their presentation. At this point, users can import an existing PowerPoint, Google Slide, or PDF into their presentation or they can build their presentation slide-by-slide. If the import option is selected, users can click either the “Google Drive” or “Upload” option, navigate to the file…

Review Overview

A. Efficiency - 8.8
B. Functionality - 8.3
C. Design - 8.5

8.5

Pear Deck: A Needed Piece of EdTech for Presentations

Summary : Adding Questions and Prompts to Presentations Has Never Been Easier!

Pear Deck is designed to integrate activities and questions into a presentation. To begin, users will need to log into Pear Deck using their Google credentials or sign in with their email. Next, a dashboard will load, and users can click the “New” button and then select the “Slide Deck” option to begin creating their presentation.

At this point, users can import an existing PowerPoint, Google Slide, or PDF into their presentation or they can build their presentation slide-by-slide. If the import option is selected, users can click either the “Google Drive” or “Upload” option, navigate to the file they wish to upload, and select it. (Users will have had to connect their Google Drive to Pear Deck in order for them to import from their Google Drive.) Pear Deck will then automatically insert the file into the presentation. Once imported, users click and drag the slides on the left side menu to rearrange their order. If users chose not to import a file or if they wish to add slides to a file they imported, they can click the “Add Slide” button. A slide will then appear, and users can add images, text, lists, and YouTube videos to it.

After all the content is loaded, users can click the “Add Slide” button again to insert questions into their presentation. To do so, users can type the question prompt into the slide and add any additional information. Next, users can click on the right side menu and choose the type of question they wish to add, and their options include: multiple choice, free response text, and free response number. (If users choose the “Free Response Text” option, they will need to choose if the responses will be paragraph or short text length.) At this point, users can begin adding questions.

When finished, users can click the “Start Presenting” button on the top right of the screen and ensure their presentation is being projected. Student users can then go to peardeck.com/join and enter in the access code to join the presentation. (Student users may be asked for their email address and/or Google log in information.) That way, during the presentation, student users will view the presentation on their device, and the teacher user is able to control the slide shown on the student users’ devices. When a slide with a question attached is reached, student users are able to respond to it on their device, and their responses can be viewed in real time. At the conclusion of a presentation, all the question-response data can then be downloaded.

Please Note: This review highlighted Pear Deck’s basic functionalities. Additional options for Pear Deck are available for a small cost.

Classroom Applications for Pear Deck

  1. Teachers can import a presentation they have already created into this website and then insert questions into it. They can then have students respond to the questions during the presentation as a way to hold them accountable for engaging the presentation.
  2. When addressing a controversial topic, teachers can create slides about different aspect of the topic and embed questions into the slides that relate to the topics. Teachers can then present the slideshow to students and use the questions to garner their opinion about the topic.
  3. Teachers can use this website to create a quiz. To begin, teachers can create a slide for each question. Next, teachers can present the quiz to their class and have students respond to the quiz question on their device. When finished, teachers can then download the response data and grade it.
  4. At the beginning of the year, teachers can gather basic information (e.g., contact information, names of parents/guardians, etc.) about their students. To do so, teachers can make a presentation that introduces themselves, topics to be studied in class, and additional information as a preview and welcome to their class. Embedded within those slides can be questions to garner information about students.
  5. Teachers can create a slide that shows an image, data set, video, or short text and an open-ended question about the slide’s content. Students can then write their opinion, ideas, or critiques of the slide’s content. Teachers can then download students’ responses and use them as a springboard into a class conversation.
  6. Teachers can have students present a topic using this website and require they embed questions within their presentation. This opportunity allows students to share their knowledge and develop the digital literacy skills necessary to download the data and analyze it using spreadsheets.
A1. Productivity
A2. Frequency
A3. Guidance
A4. Relevance
A5. Credibility
A6. Differentiation
B1. Multipurpose
B2. Collaboration & Communication
B3. Ability to Save Progress
B4. Modifications
B5. Platform Integration
B6. Security
C1. Navigation
C2. Ease of Use
C3. Customization
C4. Aesthetics
C5. Screen Design
C6. Information Presentation
C7. Media Integration
C8. Free of Distractors

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