Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool for teachers, allowing them to create engaging slides with various question types, view student responses in real-time, and integrate with Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Teams.
What Pear Deck does
Pear Deck is an add-on for Google Slides that helps teachers create interactive, engaging presentations for both in-person and remote learning. It allows teachers to present material on a big screen, while students follow along and interact on their personal devices. Teachers can include various types of questions in their presentations, such as draggable questions, drawing questions, free response questions, and multiple choice questions. Student responses appear on the teacher's screen in real time, allowing for immediate feedback and adjustment of the lesson pace. Pear Deck also integrates with other educational tools like Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.
Key features for teachers
- Interactive Slides: Teachers can create slides with multiple types of interactive questions, enhancing student participation and engagement.
- Formative Assessment: Pear Deck allows teachers to view student responses live, enabling them to adapt instruction based on immediate feedback.
- Integration with Existing Tools: Pear Deck integrates seamlessly with Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint, allowing teachers to transform their existing presentations into interactive lessons.
- Student-Paced Learning: With the premium plan, students can complete Pear Deck activities at their own pace, either in class or at home. This feature supports differentiated instruction and caters to various learning preferences.
- Anonymity Option: Teachers can make student responses anonymous, encouraging participation from all students.
- Takeaways: Teachers can enable a feature called "Takeaways," a Google doc that includes all of the slides and student answers. This allows for further learning extension and provides an opportunity for students to review and reflect on their responses.
Pear Deck offers three pricing plans: Free, Individual Premium ($149.99 per year), and Schools & Districts. The Free version provides access to most of the main features, while the Individual Premium package offers additional benefits such as the ability to view and highlight student responses by name, support for remote and asynchronous work, and the addition of draggable and drawing responses. The Schools & Districts package offers custom premium features for every teacher and student, with no hidden fees for data storage or content.