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Logging In Students to Pear Deck: Give Them A Link!

Hello there!  Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend!  I am back today with more Pear Deck How Tos. 
                    I made this image at Canva.  If you want to 
                    try making your own graphics, head on over!

*In order to use Pear Deck, you need to add it to your Google Classroom.  You also need to log into the Chrome Browser.  Once you have added Pear Deck, you can take any slide deck and make it interactive.  

How To Give Your Students A Link

For remote learning and younger students, I recommend this log in method.  Here is how to post a link in the chat (where students love to go!):


With "in person" remote learning, I tend to adapt my lessons to Instructor Paced.  If you want to go the Student Paced route, you would post the link right in your Google Classroom.

As with everything, there is a learning curve to this.  It takes the students a while to get logged on.  Of course, at least one student gets "kicked off," and you need to repost the link to your lesson in the chat.  

My favorite way to use Pear Deck is to incorporate it with Break Out Rooms.  This way the para can work with students in a small group.  Again, adding this element takes practice.

Please try this out, and let me know how you do.  If I can make the instructions clearer and easier to follow, I would love to know!

If you would like to read my other Pear Deck post, click here.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Happy New Year! It is time to celebrate with the "Currently ~ Just January!" link-up.

Happy New Year Everyone!  Thank you so much for popping in today as I link up with Anne in Residence for her monthly link-up:

We are fully remote for the first week of January.  I see my students every day online, but it is so much better to see them in person.  I am hoping for our hybrid schedule for next week!
This week we started with Non-Fiction Reading and Writing.  I have been busy creating teaching materials.  Here is an example that I made on Canva which is an online design resource.  I use this site frequently, and it is easy and fun to use!
As the week goes on, and I adjust to teaching online, I feel more confident.  It is amazing how quickly you forget when you do not use the technology for two weeks.  Every day gets a little better!
I am also feeling grateful that all our snow has melted so that I can go out for walks every day.
By the way, if you would like to check out an adorable book and enjoy the snow vicariously, here is a suggestion:  

I am definitely not organizing at my house!  I spend most of my time working on Google Classroom independent work which I need to assign every day for my students.  Every day I assign the Morning Message as a Google Form with 5 multiple choice questions; 2 questions to answer about our read-aloud; a chapter that I read to the kids; and a multiplication review.

I am resolving to write in my blog more frequently!  I need to make writing a priority because I consider my blog a type of diary or record of what I am doing.  I have gone back to read some older posts, and I totally forgot what was going on "back in the old days."
The last in school day before Christmas, I decided to do dictionary work with the kids.  
I asked, "Who knows what a dictionary is?" 

Answer:  "Back in the old days, people had to use dictionaries to know how to spell words."
None of the kids had used a dictionary.  Amazingly, they were engaged and fascinated that they could find words they knew in the pages of the dictionary.
Consequently, I resolve to talk about the "old days" so the kids know how much life has changed in such a short time.

 Check out another creation I made on Canva!

I wonder every day when life will be "normal" again.  I love walking with my friends and family outside because that is the only way to have a visit.  I wonder if school will ever be "normal" again, too.  What do you think?

As always, I appreciate your visit!  Please leave a comment to say hello!  Stay healthy and be happy!

Pear Deck Perks: Getting Started

Hello there!  It's a miracle:  I am blogging again!  I am really excited to share a Google add-on with you:

I began dabbling in Pear Deck last spring when we went fully remote.  I love how Pear Deck makes lessons and activities interactive and engaging.  It took me time to realize that students can easily log on if I add the link to the lesson in the chat (My students would love to spend the whole meeting in the chat if they could!).  

In order to use Pear Deck, you need to add it to your Google Classroom.  You also need to log into the Chrome Browser.  Once you have added Pear Deck, you can take any slide deck and make it interactive.
This is a new slide deck I am working on in Google slides.  First, I create a slide deck; then I add the Pear Deck add-on to make it interactive.  I recently discovered how to add Pear Deck to the tool bar, but before that, I needed to click on Add-ons to access it:

Got Pear Deck, now what?

Open any slide deck.  Then open the Pear Deck Add-on.
Look to the right of your screen, and you will see the Template Library.

I have some free Pear Deck math activities and a "Would you rather...?" activity for you to check out.

In my next blog post, I will detail how to start an actual lesson and get your students logged on.  In the meantime, please try out Pear Deck and let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to help use this amazing resource.

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