Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on

You can get the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on and instantly add formative assessments or interactive questions directly to your Google Slides.

Overview

Here are some fun benefits:
  • You can change the fonts, colors, layouts, and themes easy peasy
  • If you realize you made a typo, you can just change it without having to re-import slides to the Pear Deck editor.
  • You can do all your editing in one place and don't have to import to the Pear Deck Editor at all.

Step-by-Step

  1. Get the Add-on
  2. Create Questions
  3. Present with Pear Deck

1. Get the Add-On

The first step is to get the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on.  You can go straight to the add-on with this link, or get it from the Add-ons menu in Google Slides, like this:

  1. Open a Google Slides file
  2. Click the "Add-ons" Menu
  3. Click "Get Add-ons"
  4. Search for "Pear Deck"
  5. Click "Install"

Now when you open the Add-ons Menu, you'll see that Pear Deck is an Add-on you can use.

2. Create Questions

Now you can open the add-on menu to add Formative Assessments or Interactive Questions.

  1. Click "Add-ons"
  2. Click "Pear Deck"
  3. Choose one of our Formative Assessment Templates,

or, create a custom Interactive Slide

3. Present with Pear Deck

When your slides are made, it's important that you present with Pear Deck. If you present with Google Slides, you will miss out on all the interactive Pear Deck magic you just created.

  1. Click "Add-ons"
  2. Click "Pear Deck"
  3. Click "Present with Pear Deck"


Note: Your Google Slides animations cannot work in the Pear Deck presenter.  By presenting with Pear Deck, you get the magic interactive slides, but animations do not transfer in. 

It's ok though! Having minimalistic slides is better for learning. Slides with a lot of information or zooming around leads to cognitive overload. It's difficult to process what a teacher is saying and process a bunch of things on a slide at the same time. We recommend simple slides with one graphic and very very few words (or even none at all) to act as a visual support for the words you are saying.  

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