Active Learning and Pear Deck are a Perfect Pair🍐

Last year I attended one of Ed Tech Team's Google Summits and was introduced to Peardeck. I owe a huge thank you to Ed Tech Team for putting on the best PD I have ever attended. I left so motivated and having learned an incredible amount. Check them out if you get a chance @EdTechTeam and https://www.edtechteam.com/.

Pear Deck is a web-based tool that allows you to formatively assess your students. You create a slide deck with interactive questions that range from drawing their response to typing answers to dragging a dot to a location on a map. The wide variety of question types is one of my favorite aspects.

This tool is ideal for any 1:1 environment. There are three parts to starting a Pear Deck session.

  1. Launch your slide deck from the device attached to your projector. 
  2. Use your second device (ideally a tablet/iPad) to run the dashboard and control what is being seen on the projector. 
  3. Students use their device to login using their Google emails and enter the session code that appears on the projector.

Just recently, Pear Deck created an Add-On for Google Slides! It is officially one of my favorite tools and it totally keeps my students engaged. Here is how you can get started with it.



  1. Open Google Slides and create your presentation. 
  2. Get the Pear Deck Add-On by choosing "Add-Ons" then "Get Add-Ons".
  3.  Choose the Pear Deck Add-On. It is currently listed in the most popular Add-Ons, but if you do not see it you can search "Pear Deck".
  4. Once installed, go back to your Slide deck to add Pear Deck slides by clicking on Add-Ons and choosing the type of slide you want to insert.
  5. When you are all done editing your awesome new Slide deck, go back to "Add-Ons" and choose "Present with PearDeck"! (Bonus- you can now wirelessly control all your slides... not just the interactive ones.)

Enjoy!

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