In this Pear Deck tutorial, I’ll show you how to install the app and create your first interactive slide show. Then, learn how to present your lesson and see what your students will see.

Pear Deck is an add-on for Google Slides and PowerPoint. It allows you to add interactive elements to your slide presentations. Your slides are pushed out to your students as you step through your lesson. While presenting in Pear Deck, students are asked questions. Or, you can gather feedback with features such as drawing or draggable sliders.

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Using Pear Deck for Remote Learning

Pear Deck is an engaging tool in your distance learning toolbox. Launch your Pear Deck session and share with your students learning over Google Meet or Zoom. At the same time, your any in-person students can follow along from their own devices or by watching your projector screen.

Is Pear Deck Free?

Yes…but also no. Like many software products, Pear Deck has freemium offerings. This mean you can use many of the Pear Deck features without paying. However, software developers need to eat too. So, many of their advanced features are part of the annual subscription. Have a look at the Pear Deck pricing page for more details. If you are a technology leader or district administrator, I suggest including Pear Deck as part of your annual budget. This is a powerful tool for your teachers.

How to install Pear Deck

Pear Deck is not a Chrome extension. It is an Add-on for Google Slides. You find the Pear Deck add-on from the Google Marketplace. Your school district tech people can also push this out to everyone.

After you install Pear Deck, you will find it in the Add-ons menu. You will also find the Pear Deck button added to your menu. It’s hard to miss. Use either of these to launch the Pear Deck window.

Pear Deck will ask for permission to access your Google account. This is typical with any application that integrates with Google.

Pear Deck Sidebar

The Pear Deck Sidebar is where you find the tools to add interactive questions to your slides. You open the panel from the menu by clicking Add-on > Pear Deck for Google Slides > Open Pear Deck Add-on. The panel opens on the right side of your screen.

You will find a link to the template library from the sidebar.  These templates are slides curated by teachers. They are organized by grade level and content type.

The Pear Deck sidebar also has the Start Lessons button. Make sure you launch your session using this button instead of the normal Google Slide present button.

Creating Your First Slide Deck

Let’s start with a simple slide show to understand how Pear Deck works. Include questions throughout on your slide as you normally would. For the first example, we will add a multiple choice field. Students will see your slide with a multiple-choice question.

From the Pear Deck window, select Choice. Pear deck shows you a preview of how this will appear on student and projector screens. The idea is the display board in your classroom will show results while students are prompted with a question. Click next to continue.

Here you add your choices to the question