Add Interactive Questions and Formative Assessments to Your Google Slides Deck

You can add Warm-up Questions, Formative Assessments, and Interactive Activities to any lesson using the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on


  1. Install the add-on.
  2. Open a new or existing Google Slides file and the Pear Deck Sidebar.

  3. Once the Sidebar is open, you can  add interactive questions or pick a pre-made activity template for the Beginning, During, or End of Lesson. Let's start with a template for the Beginning of the Lesson. When you Start Presenting, students will be able to join your Session and type an answer to this question.  Right from the beginning of class, every student is actively thinking about the lesson and putting their thoughts out there. Notice the little Pear at the bottom of the slide with the speech bubble. That lets you know that this is a Text Response slide. Students will be able to respond by typing text.

  4. Add your own content and turn it into an interactive slide! 
    In this example, I chose a Drawing Response slide (notice the Pear with canvas at the bottom of the slide). Students will be able to draw and annotate on this slide during class.

  5. After you've created all the content you need for your lesson, add a temperature check or formative assessment slide to end class. 

  6. Finally, make sure you click Present with Pear Deck. If you present through Google Slides, your students will not be able to join a Session and interact with the amazing slides you just created! 

That's it! That's how easy it is to create your interactive formative assessments and activities.  Now every student can actively participate in your lesson leading to deeper, more long-lasting learning.

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