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Pear Deck and Canva join forces to create beautiful, interactive presentation slides

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Pear Deck, the popular platform helping teachers engage students in proven instructional strategies using Google Slides and PowerPoint Online.Teachers have already been importing visuals and slides designed on Canva into Pear Deck for more powerful formative assessment in real time. Now, Canva for Education’s Template Team has created a series of ready-to-use, editable templates specifically with Pear Deck in mind!

Here's how to transform your Canva presentation slides into an interactive presentation slides using Pear Deck:

  • Login to your Canva account and search for “Pear Deck” templates. Canva designed a series of templates specifically for Pear Deck including Science, Social Studies, Math, Trivia, About Me, and SEL.
  • Once you’ve selected a presentation template, you can edit using Canva’s elements, text, photos and other graphics.
  • Once you’re happy with your presentation slides, click on the three dots in the top right corner and share as a Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Open Google Drive. Upload (or drag and drop) your PowerPoint presentation. After uploading, select “Open With” and select “Google Slides”. Select “File”. Select “Save as Google Slides”. Tip: Some PowerPoint features can't be displayed in Google Slides; make edits to these slides as needed.
  • With the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-On make your lesson interactive. If you don’t know what Pear Deck for Google Slides is, click here. Pear Deck is free for teachers to try and the premium Pear Deck offers additional features.
  • To add interactivity, click on the Pear Deck side bar and select which type of question to ask students: Text response, multiple choice, number response, website, Drawing response or Draggable response. You can also record or upload audio files for your lesson. Tip: you can only ask students one type of response per slide. Also, you can customize your own questionnaire to a have more interactive session.

Tip: You can also convert PDF to PPT with Canva.

  • Once you’re ready, click the Start Lesson button to start your interactive lesson as a presentation or assign as a Student-Paced activity. Enjoy your interactive presentation!

Get inspired with these interactive presentation ideas

Here are some top ways to get started with Pear Deck and Canva templates!

  • Science presentations - find a ready-to-use Science presentation template
  • Social Studies Presentations - engage students with an eye-catching Social Studies presentation
  • About Me Presentations - build connections with your students by sharing an “About Me” presentation
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Presentations - connect with your students with a Mood or Feelings check-in

Upgrade now to Canva for Education

If you’re a K12 educator, you can access Canva for Education - our free offering. With it, you get all the benefits of premium features such as millions of images, fonts, graphics, videos, animations, and templates. You also get a dedicated classroom space to invite students and teachers to share, review, and manage your work.

You can sign up here using your school, Dept. Ed’s, or Google-certified email domain. Please note, you’ll be asked to verify your teaching credentials so you can access Canva for Education.

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