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Pear Deck: Best Tips And Tricks For Teaching

Best Pear Deck Tips and Tricks for Teaching
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The best Pear Deck tips and tricks for teaching can help you engage students better while potentially also saving you instruction time.

Pear Deck is a Google Slides add-on that offers templates and third-party examples to create presentations that are lively and engaging. It's worth mentioning that Pear Deck also works as an add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint. So whichever platform your school uses, adding Pear Deck is easy.

The result is the ability to create interactive slides from scratch or by using the available templates. Either way, students can learn subject matter – even the tougher stuff – in a way that enlivens their experience to create  better engagement and recall. But, of course, using it well is the key here.

So, read on for the best Pear Deck tips and tricks for your teaching environment.

Present live

Pear Deck (opens in new tab), at its most basic, offers an impressive presentation tool that allows a deck to be shared with one click. You can send a link to any students on your class list so they can join, online, via their device. As such, this works in class or remotely.

For in-class use, Pear Deck also displays the presentation on the main projector or screen in the room so the teacher can pace the presentation to the class. But since students can interact virtually, it accommodates both classroom-based students and remote learning pupils seamlessly. 

Pear Deck also allows you to set the presentation to students and have them work through it at their own pace. You can watch their progress and receive the results when they're done.

Use the audio feature

Pear Deck now allows teachers to record their voices directly into the slides. This is a great way to offer guidance to students as they work through the deck. Not only is it quick and easy for both student and teacher but it also adds a personal touch that is ideal for remote learning situations.

This feature is also great for emotional encouragement for students, works well for those whose native language isn't English who need pronunciation help, helps when explaining answers, and even gives the option to read a story. Simply layer the audio over any slide and the students can hear as they work through.

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Share answers with the class

One great way to help students learn is for them to type open-ended answers to assessments, as opposed to simple multiple choice answers. Teachers can then share answers that offer good insight with the class, when appropriate. That can help others to see the question from a different perspective that may help progress their learning.

Also, knowing that they might have their answer displayed to the group can help to motivate students to give the best possible response they have to offer.

Use multiple choice to check pace

It is possible to create a slide that is used simply to assess if the class if ready to move on - without having to make their responses public. This can allow you to stay on a topic if a student is struggling.

This can be done easily by taking a draggable agree/disagree slide from the "During lesson" slide library and simply editing that answer to ready/not ready, about moving on.

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(Image credit: Pear Deck)

Let students take the lead

By using a blank slide at the end, or at a junction point in the presentation, you can let the students take the lead. By asking them what an outcome is or what an ending should be, it allows them to think creatively and use the information they've learned actively. 

Making the slide blank allows for each student to come at the learning in their own way. This can create lots of results, ideal for sharing with the group. Also, it's a great way to help them cement new learning into their minds as they get it down in their own words. 

Label an image

Visual-based learning can be very powerful so using imagery and leaving the students to interact is a great way to engage them. Insert an image slide that is relevant to the topic and have them annotate it with information.

This could be a page from a book, a picture of an experiment, a map, a piece of art – the options are broad and the results will be refreshingly varied.

Pear Deck

(Image credit: Pear Deck)

Teach vocabulary using Flashcard Factory

Pear Deck features a fun Flashcard Factory that is aimed at helping students learn vocabulary. This free feature is a game in which students pair up and work together to create the flashcards.

Essentially, this requires students to define terms and illustrate meaning. This makes vocabulary learning a very active and creative process that results in these new words really sticking for the long term.

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.