Teacher Review for Pear Deck

Peardeck For the Win!

My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Practice
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I am currently using Peardeck as a Preview/Review for my Computer Science Discoveries elective. Students are currently creating a website, and they are working independently. On a weekly basis, I run a Preview/Review Peardeck and students share tips about they learned and then view what other students wrote. Students are in different places, so for some this activity is a preview of what they will be learning in future lessons, and for others it is a review. I am consistently surprised with how much students write. If I asked them the same question in doc form, I would probably get incomplete sentences and phrases. Students seem to want to write more when I run a Peardeck activity. After we complete the activity, I post the Take Aways to Google classroom so students have access to their own notes, and many students are choosing to link their notes to their digital notebook.
My Take
Peardeck is a FANTASTIC tool, and my students seem to enjoy this tool. They really like the drawing feature, and the drag and drops also seems to motivate them to participate. I do have a suggestion based on a student comment: "Could the Take Aways be published so we have access to other people's notes and comments?" So much of what we are doing is collaborative, so this really is a good idea.