Clickers in the Classroom

Using clickers allows every student to have a voice in your classroom. It also gives you, the teacher, the opportunity to receive immediate feedback about how your students are doing.




Click here to download tutorials for how to use CPS.

To download CPS software

Click here for the link to download CPS software if you have a Mac machine. You will need to scroll down the page to CPS software.
If you'd like to use CPS in your PowerPoint presentations, download CPS for PowerPoint
Please note, if you've upgraded to Office '08, the CPS for Power Point will not work.

Helpful Hints

Make sure you check that your computer and the receiver are on the same channel before beginning a presentation. Go to Settings (in the toolbar at the top of the page), choose Delivery Options, choose Receiver. Make sure the correct type of receiver is chosen, check that the Base Channel and the Receiver are on the same channel, click Setup CPS Receiver. Finally, click OK.

When you are creating a new lesson, click on Tools, and choose New Lesson from the drop down menu. Do not go to File in the top toolbar and choose New. If you do that, you'll actually create a new CPS folder.

This link will take you to the site where you can download a PDF version of their user manual. It covers almost everything you'd want to know about using clickers! Click here

Import an ExamView test.

These directions will walk you through the process of importing tests from ExamView.


Clicker Lessons

Using Clickers to Increase Reading Comprehension
Overview: Students will use CPS clickers to check for periodic understanding of the story being read in class. Based on the results from the CPS, students will review as necessary or proceed with the story.

Story Elements
Students review and expand their understanding of story elements via PowerPoint and receive practice and immediate feedback via clickers.

That's Funny!
Overview:Students will be somewhat conversant in types of humor and how to distinguish between types of humor. As an example, students will be expected to recognize the difference between a pun and gallows humor. Students will also have had some exposure to examples of various types of humor in terms of spoken, visual and written forms.

Students practice their vocabulary words by participating in a multiple choice vocabulary student managed assessment. They send their answers to the teacher using the CPS clicker system. The teacher can give them instant feedback as to how their doing, alert individual students to words they don’t understand, and re-teach students who are sending incorrect answers--all in real time!

Victorian Time Period
Overview: Students will respond to 8 questions about the Victorian time period. Information about the historical and cultural aspects of the time period will be shared as the questions are reviewed. This information will provide a beginning framework for students understanding the background to two novels: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and A Christmas Carol.

Set Up

This document will give you directions and screen shots for setting up a session using the InfraRed (Alpha) clicker pads.

If you have the Radio Frequency (RF or AlphaNumeric) clickers, here are directions for setting up a session.
Here's a PDF copy.

Change Channel on the Clicker Pad

Here are the steps to follow when you need to change the channel on your clicker.
Press both arrows at the same time.
Press the +- key (plus, minus key)
Message will say, “Channel”. Enter the channel number that is on the receiver
Press ’send’
Message will say, “Address”. Enter the number of the clicker (on the end of the clicker)
Press ’send’
Press ’send’ again
Message will say, “Powering down”
Clicker will turn off and will be reset.

Make sure you check thissite

Change Receiver Channel

Open CPS
Go to Settings
Choose Delivery Options
Choose Receivers
Change channel number
Choose apply
Set up CPS receiver
Choose "OK"


Instructor Summary: Provides a list of students, number of correct responses and percentage correctPicture%201.png

Study Guide: Gives individual student responses to each question. Could print off and give to students to use as a study guide.

Study Guide - Incorrect Answers: Provides a record for each student showing only their incorrect responses.

Study Guide - Class Summary: Shows all students and the questions they answered incorrectly.

Question Report: Shows each question and how each student responded.

Response Report: Lists each question and the percentage of responses for each choice.

Item Analysis Report: Shows questions by their number and the percentage of responses for each choice.

Picture%201.pngExport Data to Easy Grade Pro

You can export data from the reports provided in CPS directly to Easy Grade Pro. Here are the steps:

Import Class Lists from ESIS

Picture%201.pngSTEP 1

Choose: File
Choose: Save > CPS database (folder on desktop)

  • Cannot save in the Excel Workbook - must be on the desktop
*Save as CSV file

Give the file the appropriate class name i.e., Period 1.csv
Click: "Yes", "Yes" on the pop-up windows
Choose: Close

Go back to CPS
Choose Classes (top tool bar)
Click Import
Choose Comma Separated Values
Click Continue
Choose Browse - find your class file (on your desktop)
Choose the class(es) you want to import
Click Continue
Go back to the CPS data base and you'll see your class in the left column with all the students and clicker pad ID numbers on the right.