Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more E-fficient!
Ripening Classroom Engagement with Pear Deck
What is it and how do I use it?
What Information Can I Gather from Students?
A Draggable - Students are able to drag an icon to an image of your choice. Think of this as the ability to have students pinpoint locations on a map, or label different parts of the body.
Drawing - You can share an image and allow your students to draw on top of it. This could be great for those "Show Your Work" math problems, or tracing the journey of an explorer or character in a novel.
Free Response: Text - If you share out an image or a piece of text, you can have students respond with either short answer or a paragraph text. An added bonus of this is that you can display the answers anonymously on the front screen, making for a more engaging classroom discussion.
Free Response: Number - This is simply a quick way to have all student respond to a problem. It can be as simple as guess how many Skittles are in the jar, or "what answer did you get for question 2?" Then, students respond in the empty text box in the sidebar.
Multiple Choice - The most common form of formative assessment comes by way of the multiple choice option. Send an image, document, or map to the students and provide them with their choices. Then, the results are calculated by a percentage of who selected which answer.
Google Classroom Integration
Pear Deck Google Slides Add-On
Other Cool Things You Can do with Pear Deck
Check the Classroom ClimateWhile you're in the window turning on add-ons, make sure to enable the Classroom Climate add-on. This is an extremely quick assessment of how your students are doing with the lesson. While they're waiting for the teacher to begin class, they're asked how they are feeling that day, which indicates their mood. Then, once the lesson has concluded, they are provided with a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down option to gauge their interest and engagement in the lesson. This is a brief snapshot that could communicate beneficial messages how students were doing and how they felt about the lesson.
Lock a Student Screen
This is used in combination with a timer. You have the ability to lock the screen until you're ready to move on, or you can set a specific time. By clicking the Lock icon once, you're able to lock the current screen. If you hold down that icon, you can lock it for 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 3 minutes. This is a nice way to keep students engaged without other distractions on the Chromebook.
Share a Pear Deck to Increase Collaboration
The really cool aspect of this is that you may want to collaborate with another teacher when creating your presentation. Whether this is a co-teacher, or a same content teacher at another building, the option would be nice to have. Since Pear Deck presentations reside in your Google Drive, you're able to share these presentations just as you would a Google Slides presentation.