Pear Deck Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Pear Deck

Cloud-based student engagement platform for schools

4.5/5 (8 reviews)

Pear Deck overview

What is Pear Deck?

Pear Deck is a cloud-based student engagement platform that enables schools to organize synchronous and asynchronous classes for remote students, enhance group discussions, and track participation in real-time. Features include presentation streaming, screen locking, a countdown timer, and team communication.

The application helps teachers create courses and assessments with interactive questions, polls, or quizzes and aggregate and sort candidate responses for review. Students can join sessions anonymously through a link received via email and add answers to questions while navigating the slides. Using the instructor-paced session mode, mentors can control the pace of slides, collect and display candidates' replies in real-time, and save session decks for upcoming classes.

Pear Deck offers integration with various third-party applications such as Gmail, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, Canvas, and more. The dashboard helps mentors evaluate answers, hide or highlight responses in projector view, and provide individual feedback to candidates. Using Takeaways, teachers can leave comments in editable Google Docs and allow students to view their submitted answers.
www.peardeck.com

Pricing

Starting from
$149.99/year
Pricing options
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Free trial
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Devices

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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Pear Deck user reviews

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Madi McNew

Integrative, interactive slides

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-12-17
Review Source: Capterra

I really like Pear Deck and find new ways to utilize it every time. I love that I can add voiceover for hearing impaired students, let the students go through a deck at their own pace, and see their answers in real time. I am still discovering new uses, and I love it!

Pros
I love that I can use slides more effectively by making them more interactive. Google Slides are already so easy to use, and having a simple add-on that lets me ask questions and see the answers in real time makes Slides even more useful for learning. My favorite feature is the ability for students to answer questions by adding a drawing. I love seeing their creativity, and they have so much fun that they forget they're learning.

Cons
I understand that they need to make money off of their product, but it is frustrating that they hide certain features behind a paywall. To have students be able to draw an answer, you must be a premium user. I think it would be more productive to have the tiers be more substantial. Drawing seems like such a small (but my favorite, most useful) feature to hide behind the paywall.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Stacey Bonacci

One of the Best

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-05
Review Source: Capterra

PearDeck is a wonderful program that makes lessons engaging for my students and allows me to help them work through misunderstandings in real time.

Pros
PearDeck allows me to help my digital learners immediately. If they are not understanding a concept I am able to see where they are making their mistakes and help them correct it. I've used PearDeck in the classroom and teaching digitally and in both cases it is so easy to use and deliver lessons. Students can easily access PearDeck and with the paid version I can see who is working on the lesson and who is not yet in.

Cons
My one request would be that the add audio pop up, is always blocking the pages that you are trying to record from which makes it difficult to remember what was on that page.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Good, with room for improvement

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2021-01-18
Review Source: GetApp

I use it daily because my first graders find it user friendly.

Pros
Pear Deck allows a teacher to see her students’ work in real-time and therefore make better instructional decisions. Pear Deck allows students to write on slides, answer multiple-choice questions, and drag up to five shapes.

Cons
This software could improve by allowing teachers to upload their own draggables and allow more than five draggables on a slide. Additionally, the customer service is very limited. I’ve had a student unable to access the slides for a couple of weeks now. Waiting to hear back from Pear Deck because my school’s technical support has not found a solution on their end. Additionally, I’ve google my student’s problem and haven’t found a solution. I am tech savvy.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Jennifer Peglow

Great way to connect with students!

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-08
Review Source: Capterra

Positive!

Pros
As a teacher it is nice to be able to connect with students in class in a remote way. Students can add there thoughts, opinions, and ideas to a class discussion without necessarily needing to speak. Gives even the shyest student a voice.

Cons
Not completely user friendly. Takes a few times to figure out how to use and implement.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

I LOVE PEARDECK

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2021-01-07
Review Source: Capterra

It's a really really great platform! I'm so thankful we purchased it as it makes learning interactive and much more seamless during these times.

Pros
Online learning is HARD. Pear Deck makes is much easier, and is one of my favorite platforms for e-learning so far. It has great features, particularly the ability to save student results as evidence of learning. I truly love it!

Cons
It took me a while to figure out how to use it seamlessly. It's got a lot of great features and isn't necessarily difficult to figure out, but require time and focus to do so.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Pear Deck pricing

Starting from
$149.99/year
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Pear Deck offers a 60-day free trial for new users, after which the software is available across 3 pricing tiers. Pricing details are outlined below.
Basic: Free
Individual Premium: $149.99/year
Schools & Districts: Please contact Pear Deck for pricing details.

Pear Deck features

Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Learning Management
Progress Tracking
Student Management
Third Party Integration

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Attendance Tracking (122 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (132 other apps)
Blended Learning (118 other apps)
Calendar Management (111 other apps)
Course Authoring (149 other apps)
Customizable Branding (127 other apps)
Data Import/Export (125 other apps)
Progress Reports (143 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (221 other apps)

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