What Is a “Clicker”or CPS?


A classroom response system (sometimes called a "Clicker" or "audience response system" or CPS) is a set of hardware and software that facilitates teaching activities such as the following.
· A teacher poses a multiple-choice question to his or her students via an overhead or computer projector, perhaps using PowerPoint to do so.
· Each student submits his or her answer to the question using a handheld transmitter (often called a “clicker”) that beams an infrared or radio-frequency signal to a receiver attached to the teacher’s computer.
· Software on the teacher’s computer collects the students’ answers and produces a histogram showing how many students chose each of the answer choices.

eInstruction: More information on CPS units...

How CPS K-12 Will Transform Your Classroom:

  • Use CPS to increase weekly test scores. CPS gives you immediate results to class answers on tests.
  • Streamline your grading. All of your tests are graded automatically within CPS saving you time and energy.
  • Your class test results can also be easily exported to Excel, Word, PDF, or the CPS Gradebook.
  • Use your existing Powerpoint Presentations within CPS.
  • You can even embed digital videos into your Powerpoint
  • Pass out a paper test and allow students to answer at their own pace.
    (From the ClickerClassroom Site)

Clicker Case Studies show how clickers can help teachers be effective with this interactive tool...

Websites for more information:

ExamView Newsletter with clickers
http://www.mhhe.com/cps/sup_faqs_using.shtml
Technology Tutorial for CPS
Other Ideas and Examples of ways to use Clickers in the Classroom: