Use Pear Deck to make Google Slides interactive

posted Apr 17, 2019, 7:33 AM by Granger Meador

Pear Deck

Pear Deck

Teachers can use this Google Slides* add-on to allow students to open a presentation on their Chromebook and individually respond to on-screen questions. Teachers can use this for formative assessments for bell ringers, checks for understanding, exit tickets, etc.

The free version allows you to use the add-on, project anonymized student responses, lock slides when presenting, and more. 
If you use videos, animations, or GIFs in your presentation, be sure you install the free Pear Deck Power-up extension on your staff Chromebook or your desktop Chrome browser to improve performance.

You can get a 30-day free trial of the Premium version, which adds a teacher dashboard you can on your Chromebook while your desktop runs the show, draggable and drawing student response slides, more control over responses display, and takeaways for students. However, the Premium version is $150/year for a teacher to purchase individually. If a significant number of teachers would make regular use of the Premium features, the district would consider purchasing premium access for a school site.

*You can import PowerPoints into Google Slides so you can use them with Pear Deck.