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Instructional Guide



Clicker Software Installation Guide

1. Click the Install CPS button to install CPS. If the installation process does not start in two minutes:

i) Click the Start button from your Windows taskbar.

ii) Click the Run command.  In the Run dialog box, type your CD-ROM drive letter, followed by :\install.exe.
(for example, d:\install.exe

iii) Click OK.

2. Jump to step 4 under "For both installation methods."

Installing from Download

1. Click on this link and download the .exe file to your local drive:

For MAC users, download the Clicker Software from

2. Double click on the download link

3. Click the Run button. If  you are prompted by a security warning click Run again.

For both installation methods

4. Click Next to navigate through the install wizard.

5. Click I Accept and Continue in the License Agreement dialog box. If you do not agree, the installation process stops

6. Click Next, accepting the default settings through the next two steps of install wizard

7. Click Install.

8. Click Finish.


Getting your lesson ready involves four steps: Creating a CPS database, Creating a Class and Creating a Lesson.

Before you get started, think about where you would like to store your data (Clicker questions and student responses). When making this decision, keep in mind the following:

    On a college computer (desktop or laptop), your data:

      • is only portable if using a laptop
      • can be deleted by anyone else using that computer
      • could be deleted during system repair or troubleshooting performed by the I.T. department.

    On your personal laptop, your data:

      • is portable
      • is accessible even if there are network access issues during your class
    • On a portable USB data stick, your data:
      • is transferable to any location
      • may be lost if you misplace the data stick, so back it up!
      • is accessible even if there are network access issues during your class

    On your H: drive, your data:

      • is accessible from any location within the college
      • will not be accessible if there are network access issues

Once you have decided where to store your data:

1. Click the CPS link icon usually located on your desktop.  You can also select it from your Programs list or Application folder is you are in a Mac.

2. Choose Create a new CPS database then Click OK.

3. You will be prompted to choose a location and a name for your database. Select the location, enter a name and click the Save button. The CPS program will now open automatically.

4. If the CPS Help window appears, Close it.

Creating a Class

You will now need to Create a class in which to group your students and assign clickers.

1. From the Prepare tab, select Classes and Students class.

2. Click New then Class.

3. You will be prompted to create a new account, IMPORTANT: select K-12 from the type of institution and Click Next.

4. Select No, if prompted for a user name and password for CPS online. Click Next.

5. Enter the required information (First Name, Last Name, and email). Click Next.

6. Enter a Class Name and select Next. Then click Next again.

7. If you want to create another class, check the "I want to make another class" box. Otherwise, leave it unchecked.

8. Select Done.

Now you will identify the number of clickers available for your class.

9. Click New then Student.  Repeat this action for the number of clickers that you want to have available for your class. There are 32 clickers provided, but you do not need to enter a student for every clicker. You may leave each student with the first name, "Student" or, if you wish to keep track of your students’ responses, you can edit this list with the names of your students. If you chose that option, you will need to ensure the same students receive the same clicker number (Pad ID) each time they use the clickers.

Creating a Lesson

A CPS lesson can be created in several ways:

  1. as a verbal questions ("on the fly")
  2. using an existing PowerPoint presentation with verbal questions
  3. using an existing PowerPoint presentation containing written questions
  4. using questions created using the CPS software
  5. using a PowerPoint presentation created using the CPS PowerPoint plug-in (for more information, contact CID)


To create a lesson using existing PowerPoint presentations,

1. Select  Lessons & Assessments lessons.  

2. Select the database you created in Part 2, step 3.

3. click on Add Files...

4. Locate your PowerPoint file and select Open.

Your PowerPoint lesson is now set up!


If you wish to create a lesson by adding questions using the CPS software,

1. Select  Lessons & Assessments lessons.  

2. Select the database you created in Part 2, step 3.

3. Select New and then Lesson

4. Enter Lesson attributes (Title and Description if appropriate) and click Next.

5. Click New Question.

6. Enter your question in the top field

7. Enter all possible responses in the answer fields, below. To change MC Optionthe number of possible responses, click on the drop down list containing MC4 and choose a different option.

8. Check the box to identify the correct answer.

9. Click Save to save this question.

10. To add more questions, click on New and repeat from step 6.

11. When finished, click on Close.


There are only a few steps you need to do to ensure a successful presentation. 

1. Select Settings from the menu bar and choose Delivery Options.

2. Select the Teacher Managed tab.  Use the following settings which we recommend for an optimal presentation.

delivery options

3. Insert CPS Receiver into an available USB port. (If you have a Mac computer contact CID to borrow the Mac receiver).


4. Select the Receiver tab and click Detect CPS Receiver button.


You should receive a message that the receiver has been detected.  You don't need to change any other settings on this page.

5. Click OK to exit this window.


Congratulations, you have successfully installed the software and are prepared to start using clickers with your class.


To engage a lesson proceed to the Guide to Engaging a Lesson.
Alternatively, click here to learn how to to Use Clickers with PowerPoint.



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