Sunday, March 12, 2017
Present with Maximum Student Participation with Pear Deck
I can't tout how great Pear Deck is enough. If you want maximum student presentation during a presentation, you gotta use Pear Deck!
Pear Deck is probably the app that I use the most. It works like any other presentation software. You add slides using the Pear Deck editor or you can import your own from another presentation app, and add to it from there. The thing that separates Pear Deck from PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides is that the students participate IN the slide show!
What do I mean by "IN the slideshow?" Well, instead of the 20th Century way of passive participation, with the students taking notes as the teacher presents the information, with Pear Deck, the students are forced to answer short or long answer questions, draw, answer multiple choice questions, or choose from true or false. Students simply login with their Google for Education accounts and away they go.
Another cool thing is that they can see their answers as well as their classmate's answers projected at the front of the classroom. They get a kick out of seeing each other's drawings and answers to the various questions. To top it off, the students can receive a copy of the Pear Deck along with their answers for use as a study guide when the Pear Deck presentation is complete.
Teachers are in control with Pear Deck. They have a dashboard where they can see every student's answers, set a timer for particular questions, and set it so students can work at their own pace through the slides. At any time, the teacher can show student answers on the front screen. Students aren't afraid of answering for fear of what their classmates might say with Pear Deck because answers are shown anonymously.
Granted, in order for Pear Deck to be effective, students have to have their own device connected to the internet. In today's education world, more and more schools are either equipping themselves with Chromebook carts, iPad carts or are one to one with their devices so devices are becoming less of an issue.
Pear Deck is also compatible with Google Classroom, which makes it easy to import rosters and share the "takeaway" after the presentation is over.
If you haven't checked out Pear Deck yet and have access to devices for your students, there's no better time than now to give it a look! Go create your first Pear Deck!