How I Use It
I mostly use Pear Deck to scaffold instruction for my students, from what they already know to what they need to learn. Because I can see student responses as they occur, I can correct students who are getting off-track, and allow students to build off of and learn from each other. I will often post a few selected responses and then have students go deeper into the material by building off of their classmates. This occurs anonymously to the students (even though I know who wrote what), so they feel more comfortable taking chances and really diving into the material. Everything is documented for my reference later, and students have access to their own responses, so learning can be revisited or built upon at any time.
Pear Deck has been amazing for just-in-time teaching. It allows my classroom to feel more like a big tutoring session rather than a lecture. More of the heavy lifting is being done by students, and I can see their thinking as it is happening. This allows me to make whole class adjustments, small group adjustments and intervene one-on-one if necessary. I feel like I have a better picture of where the entire class is as we are learning the material, rather than a day or two later when the homework is graded.