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Introducing a special lesson series

PBS NewsHour Classroom + Pear Deck

We’ve teamed up with PBS NewsHour Classroom to bring you free, ready-to-teach lessons on the events affecting our world today. Each week, you’ll find a Deck made for middle school and high school learners on a current-events topic, complete with thought-provoking interactive questions and embedded videos from reliable sources.

PBS Newshour Classroom logo

PBS NewsHour Classroom provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. NewsHour Classroom’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”

Pear Deck logo

Pear Deck allows educators to build effective and engaging instructional content — right from Google Slides. This powerful learning tool makes it easy for teachers to build interactive slides with custom questions, formative assessments, embedded audio, and more.

PBS Newshour Classroom logo

PBS NewsHour Classroom provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. NewsHour Classroom’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”

PBS Newshour Classroom logo

Pear Deck logo

Pear Deck allows educators to build effective and engaging instructional content — right from Google Slides. This powerful learning tool makes it easy for teachers to build interactive slides with custom questions, formative assessments, embedded audio, and more.

New to Pear Deck? Get started in three easy steps.

To celebrate our partnership with PBS Newshour Classroom, new Pear Deck users can enjoy 90 days of Pear Deck Premium, no credit card required. To learn how to create a new Pear Deck account, click through here.

Once you have the Pear Deck Add-on for Google Slides or Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint Online installed, simply follow the directions below!

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    Click on one of the Decks below to get a preview of the Deck and make a copy for Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint Online.
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    Once the presentation is open in Google Slides or PowerPoint Online, open the Pear Deck Add-on through the Add-ons menu in Google Slides or the Add-ins menu in Microsoft PowerPoint. You can edit the existing questions or add your own custom questions from the slide library. You can also use it exactly as it is!
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    Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button to start your interactive lesson!

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Get the Decks

Just click and copy to get these ready-to-teach activities!

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