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What are CPS Clickers?

CPS (Classroom Performance System) Pulse is a electronic response system that allows for anonymous participation and provides immediate feedback to the instructor. Users use a handheld "clicker" to enter their response whether it be true/false or multiple choice questions. Instructors can then collect data for easy grading or generating reports.


System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.8
PowerPC G4 1GHz or higher
512 MB RAM
300 MB hard disk space for installation
1024 x 768 or higher resolution video
One available USB Port
Microsoft Office 2004 (for PowerPoint integration)

Install CPS

To install CPS onto your computer, follow the steps below:
  • You can download the CPS software from here. A CPS Install icon will appear on your desktop.

  • Double-click on the icon to open the CPS Install window.

  • Double-click on the CPS icon. The Install CPS wizard appears.
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  • Follow the steps in the Wizard to install CPS to your desktop.
  • When the installation is complete, a CPS icon will appear on your desktop.

Create Data Base

A database is a collection of files (assessments, lessons, classes, and team activities) that you store in CPS. You can have an unlimited number of databases within CPS. The databases automatically save to your Documents folder, but you can move them to another location. If you choose to move your database, you will need to tell CPS the new location of your database when you start CPS.

Follow the steps below to create a database
  • Click the File menu and choose New.... A Save window appears.
  • Type in your database name in the Save As: box, and use the Where: pull-down menu to save your database to a specific location.
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  • Your database will automatically open in the CPS window.
  • You can add lessons, questions, standards, and team activities to your database once you have created it.


The Lessons section opens automatically the first time you open CPS. From the Lessons section you can:
  • Create lessons
  • Delete lessons
  • Print hardcopies of your lessons
  • Engage your lessons
  • Preview lessons
  • Create FastGrade lessons


The Lessons section splits into two vertical windows. The left window gives a view of all lessons in this open database. We refer to this as the lesson side. The name of the open database is the first item listed in the left window. Beneath that are parent-level lesson names. If a parent-level lesson name has child-level lessons, an arrow appears next to the lesson. Click on the arrow to view any child-level lessons.

The right window lists all of the questions from any highlighted lesson name. We refer to this as the question side.

Create Lesson Questions

You can create a variety of questions to include in your lessons. To create a question, follow the steps below:
  • Open CPS to the Lessons section.
  • Select the lesson to which you would like to add questions.
  • Click the New... icon from the question side of the Lessons section. The CPS Question Author window appear
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  • Choose your question template from the Template pull-down menu.
  • Type your question in the Question box of the CPS Question Author window.
  • Type your answers in each of the Question answer boxes of the window.
  • Click the box next to the correct answer to make a checkmark appear. CPS will now recognize that answer as the correct answer to the question.
  • Click the Save icon and close the CPS Question Author window to return to your lesson. Your new lesson questions will appear in the questions side of the Lessons section.

Authoring Functions

In the CPS Question Author window, you can change your question template; edit the size, color, or type of font; associate standards to your question; or navigate through your created questions using the Question Author toolbar. The Question Author toolbar, located at the top of the CPS Question Author window, has the following icons and functions:

Save Question icon: Click this icon to save all of your questions. Save_button

Move Previous/Next Question icon: Use these icons to navigate through your questions.Move_Previous_Next_Question_button

New question icon: Click this icon when you would like to create a new question. You can also use the Save and Move to Next Question icon to create a new question.

Save and Move Previous/Next Questionicons: Use these icons to save and navigate through your questions. Clicking the Save and Move to Next Question icon creates a new blank question.Save_Move_Previous_or_Next_Question_button

Text options: Use the pull-down Text menu and pull-down Font Size menu to change your question font of font size.Text_options_from_the_Question_Author_window

Template: Use this pull-down menu to choose a question template. Question_Template_option_from_the_Question_Author_window

You can also alter the difficulty level of your question. Use the Difficulty pull-down menu next to the Template pull-down menu to rank your question difficulty level from 1 to 5.