PearDeck is a tool that can be used to solicit feedback or measure learning during presentations. Using either Powerpoint or Google Chrome, questions can be asked to participants before, during, or after presentations. Students are able to respond using text or numbers, drawing, multiple-choice questions, and drag-able items to label an image. Items submitted can be reviewed by the instructor and then showed anonymously for discussion and review. Once the presentation is finished, a document can be made for each student (if using Google Slides/Docs) for review later.
FlipGrid is a video curating platform for students to record and respond to questions and prompts. Students use personal devices to record videos anywhere between 30-90 seconds. Once completed they can add stickers and drawings over their video. Videos are reviewed and can be posted for class review and responses. Students are able to respond to other’s responses. Teachers are able to grade the responses in person as well. For students that may have difficulty or apprehensiveness writing, this is a different modality for students to show learning or to discuss topics.
I knew in my AP Government class, I wanted to add more to the slides used during lecture. I wanted to be able to ask questions to my students, to have them expand upon concepts presented as well as provide a way to review concepts closer to exams. Enter Pear Deck which gives teachers the ability to not only present previously created Powerpoints and Google Slides presentations, but to include interactive slides where participants can write text and numbers, draw on a digital whitboard, answer multiple choice and drag to label an image. Even though I teach seniors, Pear Deck let’s them be kids again. I have had my students draw visual representations when asked about Constitutional Amendments. Even recent participants during a district PD took part in telling me what they taught and where:
Recently, Pear Deck launched a Google Slides Add-On which allows for editing and creating of both static and interactive slides, right in Google Slides. I’m blown away by the fact that I can create a slide, adding my own flair, and then add the interactive (draw, write, respond, drag) layer right on top. Even better, Pear Deck has included a library of starter slides, organized by beginning, middle or end of the lesson, which can be edited for your presentation. In my casual glance, there were ideas for the interactive slides I had not even thought of, including drawing/typing on a mind map.
Both of these forces combined allows for out-of-the-box and interactive presentations which can be used in any classroom to give students something different, beyond the standard presentation of facts.