I have posted about how much I enjoy PearDeck before! Today, I used it to survey my classes about their likes and dislikes before discussing it as a class. However, their new addition- PearDeck vocabulary- is great for many classes especially foreign language classes. It will allow ALL students to engage in creating pictures and creating examples of vocabulary. Plus, once you copy and paste your Quizlet list into PearDeck- that is all that you need to do for prep! Instead of starting with a new deck, you can start with the vocabulary. Then, you can start with any Quizlet list that you have. Click on the three dots for more then export in Quizlet, then copy the box at the bottom of the page. It will look like this:
You can paste that into your PearDeck set, and you are ready to go! When you open the PearDeck vocabulary with your class, they will all log in in the same way that they log into a regular PearDeck:
After everyone joins, you can click clock in. Students are divided into groups- night shift and day shift. Within the groups, they are also paired up. If a student does not have a pair, it is ok as well. This is what the screen looks like. I encourage you to have the pairs sit together to help.
Once you click on Let’s Play, this screen appears:
Each student works on a picture of the vocabulary word or a definition in Spanish/example of the word. You could also have them use it in a sentence accurately depending on the level of the students. Below you can see my attempts to do so!
Once the partners (or individuals of those working by themselves) finish, they see the finish product and ship it off!
Once you have all of the words finished or you finish for a set period of time, you will get to do quality control. Each drawing, word and definition pops up, then as a class, the class votes on whether or not it works together. You can click the check or X for each one.
Once you vote on all of them, the ones that you approve are exported to Quizlet! It is a really neat integration. Also, a “shift” wins. I will say that overall, my students really liked it, and I plan on using it throughout the year. I want to change up the approval process because many people tended to not always pay attention. I may make signs for them to vote. I had my students work for about 15 minutes then we voted for about 5-7 minutes.
The only downfall is this is in beta currently… but get on the list! My fellow teachers moved up the list and got access pretty quickly. This is the perfect technology tool that enhances instruction, encourages collaboration and involves all students.