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Create a Pear Deck Assignment

The following article explains how teachers can create an assignment using Pear Deck.

  • Have an interactive Pear Deck for Google Slides or PowerPoint Online Slides file ready to present. The presentation files are saved automatically in your Google Drive or OneDrive and you will select the one you want to present to students in Step 10.
  • Open Canvas 
  • Go to Assignments 
  • Click on +Assignments


  • Customize your assignment. To add an interactive Pear Deck presentation, scroll down to Submission Type.
  • Next to Submission Type, open the drop-down menu and select External Tool. Then click Find to search for Pear Deck:
  • The Canvas Administrator must first install Pear Deck in order for it to appear in this list. After it is installed, you will see it in the list of External Tools that appears when you click on the Find button. 
  • In the list of External Tools, click on Pear Deck and then click on Select.

  • The Pear Deck URL appears in the External URL field of the Submission Type section.
  • When you are done customizing your assignment, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Save and Publish button.
  • Click Select a file from Drive. The first time you present a Pear Deck file in Canvas, you will be required to log into Pear Deck. You may log into your Pear Deck Home in another tab to assure that this works:

  • The file picker screen opens. Select the Pear Deck for Google Slides or PowerPoint Online Slides presentation you want students to complete.

  • Choose your Lesson Mode. One of the Presenter Views (Projector or Dashboard) opens for you in Canvas, depending on the Lesson Mode you choose:
  • Student Paced Lessons  (asynchronous; recommended for this integration): For the teacher, the private Dashboard View opens so you can see students' names next to their responses in real time. When students open this assignment, they get simple navigation controls on their Student View, allowing them to scroll through the slides in your presentation Session and respond to the interactive questions. This mode also allows students to click the Submit Work button at the end of the assignment to officially close it.
  • Instructor-Paced Mode (synchronous): The Projector View opens and responses are anonymous by default on this View. The Student View of the slides syncs up to your slide on the Projector View, so you will need to click through the slides so students can see them and respond to interactive questions.
  • In either view, you can use the Navigation Bar controls to scroll through the slides, show responses, open the More Actions (3-dots) menu to change the Lesson Mode, open the Dashboard in a new window, and more.

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