Monday, October 06, 2008


I was finally upgraded to PowerPoint 2003 last week. This is a significant upgrade because the Classroom Performance System (CPS) "clickers" from eInstruction have software that works with PowerPoint 2003 (and 2007).

You actually compose your questions within PowerPoint using a special CPS toolbar. After engaging your question with the clickers, you'll see a screen like the one shown here.
This is a nice upgrade from the typical CPS screen which is pretty basic, even boring looking.
You can download the CPS for PowerPoint software from the eInstruction download page:
And remember, you can only use this version of the software in conjunction with PowerPoint. If you want to use the regular CPS software you'll need to have it installed on your computer also, it's not replaced by the PPT version (so don't uninstall it like I did!)


Anonymous said...

Where did you get the great chalkboard background?

WKMcIntosh said...

I am an eInstruction consultant in South Carolina. One "tip" I have given my CPS users is that you can 'google" for powerpoints. As you know every Powerpoint ends in .ppt( or now pptx) . If you type, for Example "2nd grade math and .ppt" you will find dozens of Powerpoints. Since these were posted to be shared, this is an easy way for a teacher to find LOTS of Powerpoints to use with CPS..or in other ways. I have a school here that has one of the Tuskeegee Airmen coming to visit, and I found several Powerpoints, including quiz , ready for use with CPS, just by "googling". And advanced google search will also let you designate ONLY the kinds of files you want, including .ppt

Jim Dornberg said...

I found the chalkboard template while searching for "Are you smarter than a 5th grader" PPT game template. It is really cool, though, isn't it??

Jim Dornberg said...

@wkmcinstosh Yes, that's a great tip! Matter of fact, I used it just last night to help my wife find a PPT presentation she wanted to use for church. It eliminates all the other millions of websites that don't have PPTs on them. On a side note, has the Tuskeegee Airman ever done a virtual field trip? We might be interested in doing something like that.