To ensure students complete their assignments in a browser "lockdown" mode, Edulastic has released a new version of its Kiosk app.
The Edulastic Kiosk Mode 2.1 app is now available on Chrome Web Store. It is designed to run as a kiosk app to enable secure testing on Chromebooks.
Edulastic Kiosk Mode App when launched looks different from a regular Chrome browser, as the display will not have a window frame, address bar or any other elements of the browser interface. Any student on Edulastic Kiosk mode will not be able to exit the app or switch to another task.
Steps to Deploy the Edulastic Kiosk Mode 2.1 to Managed Devices:
These steps will install the Edulastic Kiosk mode 2.1 app across all Chromebooks in your school or district, and will allow students to see a menu of kiosk apps in the system tray on the login screen. The student can then select the app to begin testing.
- Log in to Google Admin.
- From the home page, select Devices.
- Select Chrome management.
- Apply the appropriate device settings:
- Hover over the yellow "+" button in the bottom right corner.
- Select the "Add from Chrome Web Store" option.
- Search for Edulastic Kiosk and click Select next to the Edulastic icon.
- Verify the settings for the app.
- If changes are made, click Save at the top right of the screen.
- Note: For auto-launch settings, select the Kiosks tab from Apps & Extensions.
- Select Apps & Extensions.
- Select the Kiosks tab.
- Select the organizational unit that has the Chromebooks you will use for testing.
- To add the Edulastic Kiosk Mode 2.1 app app:
- Apply any other settings you feel are appropriate for your organization's testing policies on the Users & Browsers and Kiosks tabs.
- Click Save on the top right when you are done making changes.
- For Google help documents regarding setting up Chromebooks for assessment use, click here.
For Non-Managed Devices:
These steps work for Chromebooks purchased in 2016 or earlier. Newer Chromebooks must be managed under a Chrome Enterprise, Chrome Education, or single-app kiosk device management license to install and run kiosk apps. See Use Chromebook as a kiosk and Chrome service options at Google's support site.
To install the kiosk app on a 2016 or earlier Chromebook:
- Log in to the Chromebook using an administrator account and open Chrome.
- Open the Chrome menu, which looks like three vertical dots:
- Select More Tools > Extensions.
- In the upper right, enable Developer Mode.
- Select the Manage kiosk applications tab.
- To add the Edulastic Kiosk 2.1 app:
- In the Add kiosk application box, enter the ID for the Edulastic Kiosk 2.1 app: mknheejpeffammgcbacfciaeealbclod
- Select Add.
- Select Done.
- To launch the app, log out and use the Apps menu at the bottom of the screen.
How do I know what version I have installed?
The most current version is 2.11, released April 9, 2020. Launch the app on a student Chromebook.
Check for the version number in the bottom right corner.
How do I use the Kiosk Mode to ensure secure testing?
Secure testing using the Kiosk mode has been added for all users until July 2020. If you want the students MUST use the Kiosk app when they take an assessment, simply select the “Require Safe Exam Browser / Kiosk Mode” to Yes. This ensures that students can not open the assessment in a “Non-Secured” setting e.g. a Chrome browser that can be used to open additional tabs or allow the student to navigate through to other websites.
Student devices must have the Edulastic Kiosk Mode 2.1 app installed on their district managed Chromebooks. For Windows / Mac or IPad, Safe Exam Browser must be installed. Please see the detailed article on Safe Exam Browser and how to enable secure testing with Edulastic.
If the above setting is set to “Yes” Students will be prevented from opening the assessment in a non-secure environment.