Over the past two weeks we have seen HUGE numbers of teachers taking advantage of the interactive features within PearDeck as a way to gather evidence of student learning (folks who are unfamiliar with PearDeck are encouraged to click here to learn more).
As a way to better manage and control how students access your PearDeck Presentations we are happy to announce the integration of Google Classrooms with your active PearDeck Account.
By following the directions posted below, teachers can now INVITE students directly to their PearDeck sessions without having to share out either a join code or sessions URL. This ensures that ONLY students who are rostered to your Google Classroom page would be permitted to join the session without your permission.
How to Turn Google Classroom Integration On
- Go to peardeck.com and click Teacher Login, or go directly to your Pear Deck Home.
- Click on your person icon.
- Click on My Account.
- Go to the Settings tab.
- Turn Google Classroom ON.
On your settings page, you can also choose to enable Student Push Notifications in Google Classroom. The fastest way to get students into your Pear Deck Session is to let them receive these notifications. Students have the opportunity to accept or decline, but by checking the box in your Classroom Settings, you give them the choice. If you don’t enable notifications, students can still sign into your Session at joinpd.com and see the invitation there.
How to Invite Students from the PearDeck Teacher Dashboard
Now that Google Classroom Integration is enabled, you can invite students to join your Session from the Teacher Dashboard. Here’s how:
- Start your Pear Deck Lesson.
- Open the Dashboard View.
- In the Dashboard, click on the blue Roster button, located in the top right corner of the screen.
In the Roster, click Invite Your Classroom.
Choose the Google Classroom section you want to invite to the PD session.
As student join, their names will light up.
You can also invite students directly from the Join Instructions screen on the Projector View of your Session.
What Students See
When students go to the Pear Deck join URL (joinpd.com), they will see a list of any presentations they’ve been invited to recently. They can click the Join button, and they’re in the Session.
Publish Takeaways to Google Classroom
When you enable the Classroom Integration, you automatically have the option share the Takeaways link to your Google Classroom after you publish Takeaways. Just click Classroom on the publish window (below). The link will be shared to Announcements. When a student clicks the Takeaways share link, it automatically recognizes who is logged in with Google gives them access to their own Takeaway Doc only (Takeaways are the student’s responses to the questions and any comments which the teacher has added). The teacher will be able to access all of the Docs from the Session. Learn more about Takeaways.