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A Software-Based Student Response System

ActivEngage is a software-based learner response system ideal for use in schools that have invested in 1-to-1 laptop initiatives, computer labs, tablets or mobile handheld devices. ActivEngage maximizes current technology investments and eliminates the need for additional hardware by enabling students to respond to questions with existing devices.

Using Promethean’s award-winning software ActivInspire or Promethean ActivOffice, display a question on the interactive display or ask it verbally, and students will respond using the virtual device on their computers or handheld devices. Assign full quizzes of varying difficulty with ActivEngage’s Self-Paced Learning functionality to encourage students to work at their own pace and comprehension level. Gain instant insight into student comprehension and progress with an intuitive, integrated application that makes the most of existing classroom technology.

Designed to grow with you, ActivEngage enables virtual voting across a single classroom, an entire campus and beyond. The software-based system can be managed at a classroom level or centrally on a networked server.

Why ActivEngage?

Utilize Self-Paced Learning
Assign questions of varying difficulty and enable students to respond at their own pace and view instant feedback. Use the detailed results data to provide just-in-time intervention to struggling students and to determine whether to spend additional time on the concept as a class or move on.

Reduce costs
Eliminates the need for additional hardware, optimizing existing technology investments.

Key Features

  • Wide range of response types—Students can reply in full sentences, as well as in numbers, symbols, math equations, fractions, true/false, Likert scales and more.
  • Real-time reporting—Track each student’s progress instantly and adjust instruction throughout the lesson to improve comprehension of key concepts.
  • Cross-platform functionality—Works on Windows, Mac, Apple iOS and Android systems simultaneously, allowing for mixed deployment.
  • Virtual, software-based application—ActivEngage is designed to work with any model of interactive display, but can also work independently, solely with a projector or networked devices.
  • Centrally controlled and scalable—Network-based registration delivers virtual voting capability across a single classroom, an entire campus and beyond. Or, take learning on the go with ActivHub.

Try ActivEngage on three student devices for free. Learn more about how to download and get started. 


  • ActivEngage Server (Stand-Alone or Managed/Network Computer) and ActivEngage Client (Tablet/Smart-Phone/Mobile Device or Desktop/Laptop Computer)
  • Minimum Computer Requirements for ActivEngage Server
  • Managed/Network Computer


  • Pentium 4 – 1 GHz processor (800MHz for Vista) Windows XP Pro SP3 and above (XP/Vista/7)
  • 10 Mb disk space, 128 Mb system memory required IP Network Support for both Server and Client computers
  • Microsoft Windows x86 Operating Systems; Windows XP SP2 32-bit, Windows Vista SP1 32-bit,Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows x64 Operating Systems; Windows XP SP2 64-bit, Windows Vista SP1 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Server 2003


  • OS X 10.5.5 Intel 32-bit
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 Intel 64-bit
  • Mac OS X Server 10.6.0 Server (Snow Leopard) Intel 64-bit

Registration Computer (Teacher’s Computer)

  • Pentium 4 - 1 GHz processor (800MHz for Vista)
  • Windows XP Pro SP3 and above (XP/Vista/7)
  • 1024 x 768 resolution
  • 1.5 GB disk space, 512 Mb system memory required
  • IP Network Support for both Registration and Client computers
  • ActivDriver (latest version)
  • ActivInspire (latest version) Personal Edition required.  In order to install the ActivDriver along with ActivInspire, you must download ActivInspire directly from Promethean Planet.
  • ActivInspire Professional Edition (latest version) or Promethean ActivOffice required to use full student response system features features including: Self-Paced Questions, Import Examview® & XML files, student response system question export to Excel format

Minimum Device Requirements for ActivEngage Client
PC Client

  • Pentium 4 – 1 GHz processor (800MHz for Vista)
  • 10 Mb disk space, 128 Mb system memory required
  • Windows XP Pro SP3 and above (XP/Vista/7)
  • IP Network Support required

Mac Client

  • 15 Mb disk space, 128 Mb system memory required
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11
  • IP Network Support required

Mobile Clients--Supported Platforms

  • iPhone 3G, iOS 4.2.1
  • iPhone 3GS, iOS 5
  • iPhone 4, iOS 5
  • iPod Touch 2nd generation, iOS 4.2.1
  • iPod Touch 3rd generation, iOS 5
  • iPod Touch 4th generation, iOS 5
  • iPad, iOS 5
  • iPad 2, iOS 5
  • Android OS 2.x
  • Android OS 3.0 and 3.1


ActivEngage requires the use of ActivInspire Personal/Professional Edition or Promethean ActivOffice to register clients and conduct response sessions. Importing ExamView® and XML files and exporting questions and answers to Excel™ require ActivInspire Professional Edition or Promethean ActivOffice. User with administrator/privileged access rights required for software installation.

View  ActivEngage on PrometheanPlanet.
View ActivEngage Specification Sheet for complete details. 

What's included with ActivEngage?

  • ActivEngage Client (for student devices – Mac, Windows, Apple iOS, Android)
  • ActivEngage Server (for managed, networked or teacher computer)
  • ActivInspire Professional Edition included for free when purchasing an ActivEngage license for 30 students or more
  • ActivDriver (included in the download of ActivInspire from Promethean Planet)

In which languages is ActivEngage available?

ActivEngage for laptop and desktop computers is available in the following languages: English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian (Cyrillic), Spanish and Swedish.

ActivEngage Mobile for Apple and Android devices is available in English (UK & US).

What software do is required to run ActivEngage?

ActivEngage runs through ActivInspire (current version) or Promethean ActivOffice.

Where can I download the software?

 Find the link to the software on Promethean Planet. The Mobile Client edition can also be downloaded directly from your mobile device using either the App Store (iOS) or the Android Market Place. Just search for Promethean ActivEngage and follow the on-screen instructions.

How do I install ActivEngage over a network?

A Network Installation Guide of ActivEngage can be found at PrometheanPlanet

What is the maximum number of devices that can connect to one Virtual Hub?


How do I connect my wireless device to the network?
You need to connect to a wireless access point that is connected to the ActivEngage Server. ActivEngage only works over WiFi.

MOBILE SPECIFIC Frequently Asked Questions

What platforms can ActivEngage Mobile be used on?

  • iPhone 3G, iOS 4.2.1
  • iPhone 3GS, iOS 5
  • iPhone 4/4S, iOS 5
  • iPod Touch 2nd generation, iOS 4.2.1
  • iPod Touch 3rd generation, iOS 5
  • iPod Touch 4th generation, iOS 5
  • iPad, iOS 5
  • iPad 2, iOS 5
  • iPad 3rd Generation, iOS5
  • Android OS 2.x, 3.0, 3.1

Can I try out ActivEngage?
A trial version of the server and clients can be downloaded for free from Promethean Planet.