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September 12, 2023

Exciting New Features Await You in Pear Practice

The Pear Practice (formerly Giant Steps) team has been hard at work over the summer, and we're thrilled to bring you exciting new features that will elevate your teaching experience with Pear Practice. We've listened to your feedback for Pear Deck’s sister gamified learning product and are delighted to introduce these game-changing (no pun intended!) updates. First, check them out in this informative video, then read on to learn more about them!

Quick Play - a faster route to learning

We understand the importance of flexibility in the classroom. That's why we're introducing Quick Play, a brand-new game mode that offers an alternative to the BigBoard. Quick Play maintains the essence of collaboration and teamwork while streamlining the gaming experience. It's the perfect solution for those times when you want to dive straight into the action without sacrificing the core educational principles that make Pear Practice great.

A screenshot of the quick play screen

A whole new season of fun!

Just in time for the new school year, we're unveiling an exciting new season of avatar items. Your students can now explore the captivating Giant Quest theme park and use their hard-earned XP to unlock fresh avatar items. It's a fantastic way to motivate and engage your students, making learning even more exciting and rewarding.

A screenshot of the season two map

Custom Groups - tailor your live sessions

You know your students best, and we want to empower you to create the most effective learning environment. That's why we're excited to announce you can now customize your student groups for Live Sessions. Whether you prefer carefully curated groups or random pairings, Pear Practice lets you choose the style that suits your teaching and your students' needs.

A screenshot of the edit student groups page

Explain Feature (beta) - real-time learning assistance

Introducing our groundbreaking generative AI feature, the Explain Feature (beta). If students encounter a challenge during independent practice, they can simply click "explain" and receive a real-time explanation for why their answer is correct or incorrect. Plus students can ask for a Practice Question to have another try at the problem. It's an invaluable tool for clarifying misunderstandings and reinforcing learning, providing immediate feedback to support your students' growth.

A screenshot of an answer explaination

AI Question Generator (beta) - your time saver

We understand time is your most precious resource. To make your life easier, we're introducing our AI Question Generator (beta). With this feature, you can generate items for your Practice Sets in seconds. Just enter a topic, select your question type, and voila! Questions will be generated for you, ready to be added to your Practice Set with a single click. Say goodbye to the time-consuming task of creating questions manually and hello to more efficient lesson planning!

A screenshot of the AI Question Generator screen

Impact Insights - data at your fingertips

We know that sometimes you need quick, actionable data to make informed decisions in your classroom. That's where Impact Insights comes in. You can now configure daily or weekly emails that provide you with vital information, such as how many students still need to complete assignments due tomorrow. This feature empowers you to stay on top of your classroom's progress effortlessly.

Teacher Profiles - connect and share

Pear Practice is more than just a platform; it's a community built for educators, by educators. With Teacher Profiles, you can showcase the Practice Sets you've crafted alongside other educators. You can also follow fellow Pear Practice teachers whose Practice Sets you find valuable. This enables you to receive updates when they publish new Practice Sets, fostering collaboration within our vibrant community.

Seamless Google Classroom Integration

You asked for it, and we've delivered! We're excited to announce our Google Classroom Integration for assignments. Now, you can effortlessly link your Pear Practice classroom with your Google Classroom. When you assign a Pear Practice task and a student completes it, the results will be automatically recorded in your Google Classroom. This integration streamlines your workflow, saving you time and ensuring a seamless educational experience for both you and your students.

At Pear Practice, we're committed to enhancing the educational experience for both teachers and students. These new features are just the beginning of our journey to provide you with innovative tools and resources that make teaching and learning even more enjoyable and effective.

Explore these new features today at giantsteps.app and discover the endless possibilities they bring to your classroom!


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