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:
  • Combine the Google Slides design tools you love with the power of Pear Deck's classroom engagement 
  • Pear Deck’s easy-to-use visual sidebar makes it intuitive and easy to add questions
  • Access a library of slide templates with questions tailored for use at the beginning, middle and end of class
  • Developed by our team of educators, the library of templates are based on best-practices for research-based engagement and assessment
  • Change fonts, colors, layouts and themes quickly right from the Google Slides editor 

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 Sidebar to add Formative Assessments or Interactive Questions.

Simply click "Add-ons" and select "Pear Deck > Open Sidebar"

Now you can drop in a templated question from the Slide Library. 

Or create your own question using one of the five interactive question types (Text, Number, Multiple Choice, Website, Drawing or Draggables). 

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.

Note: Your Google Slides animations will not work in the Pear Deck presenter.  By presenting with Pear Deck, you get the magic of our interactive slides, but Google's slide transitions / animations will not convert.  

It's ok though! Minimally-designed slides are 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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