Stands for "Classroom Performance System." CPS refers to a technology system that is used for educational purposes within a classroom. It includes both hardware and software that works together to create a modern, interactive learning environment for students. A typical CPS classroom setup includes a projector, a CPS Chalkboard, a computer running CPS software, and response pads that are given to the students.
In a CPS-enabled classroom, the teacher can use a handheld CPS Chalkboard to give lessons or tests that are visually displayed on the projector. The students can interact with the lesson or test by using the response pads, which are similar to remote controls. Each response pad has several buttons (i.e. A through H), which can be used to answer test questions displayed on the projector in real-time. This allows each student to answer every question in a more systematic way than everyone yelling out the answer at one time.
CPS has been shown to improve kids' learning capabilities and retention of subject matter. Because each student is able to interact with every aspect of the lesson, CPS can significantly increase students' interest in the subject matter. Considering how difficult it can be to keep kids' attention these days, many teachers may find CPS to be a welcome new technology.