I've noticed that many teachers in my district are still giving the material to the students through the traditional teacher-centered lecture/powerpoint based instruction. I wanted to try something that made the students accountable while you were presenting and had the ability to check their understanding through formative assessment. In my searching I found Pear Deck and boy did I fall in love. I recently tried Pear Deck with my students and was amazed and their engagement and participation. Pear Deck is like a traditional powerpoint except it can be shared on students computers or devices and has interactive questions, quizzes, and ways to promote social interaction in the classroom and check student knowledge. Then you can chart what they know or read it in class. I found once my students realized this they became much more attentive. With this free software is the ability to upload your already created powerpoints and make them interactive. I suggest trying this out and let me know what you think!
Example of engaging students in the first few minutes:
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