Pear Deck gave me a belated Christmas gift: A new home page!
I love the new window that displays decks that have been recently used. I’ll usually create a deck to cover several days–sometimes an entire unit–and so I’ll open it a dozen times before I put it away for the year.
Until now, I’ve saved a session and then reopened the deck each time to forego searching my Google Drive and staying within the PearDeck site. Now, it’s a simple click on my presentation in the recent events.
Today I used a Pear Deck to teach grammar. The app has become my favorite way to address grammar because students can practice for 5-10 minutes each day. I can give a traditional lecture on a topic–today’s was subject verb agreement with multiple subjects–and then give them practice problems to complete right on the slides on their computers. On my iPad I can watch all of them complete the task and see who’s struggling. When we’re ready to check the answers, I can choose a random student slide to project on the projector screen to use as a visual aid while I’m explaining.
Then we’re done. No papers to look over. If I want to, however, I can save the session and look over their work later on.
Want to take a look? Here it is: Subject-Verb Agreement Pear Deck
I’m an unabashed supporter, promoter, and user of Pear Deck. It’s simple interface and amazing student interaction make my lectures much more dynamic. Plus, I can do quick formative assessments and vastly reduce the paper load.