Saturday, 29 October 2016

Setup solution: Chromebooks for exams

The JCQ (UK) requires that if a student has exams access arrangements to use a laptop, then it should not have access to the internet. With Chromebooks there's a variety of ways in getting round this normally using a kiosk app. It's still a little bit of a grey area though, and although you can completely restrict access to other websites and apps, a lot of the solutions still required using an online app, site or tool.

The amazing Dean Stokes came up with a great solution in this blog post, but many of the schools that I work with wanted something that simply existed on the device that could be printed immediately. There are a few Chrome App notepads that have offline editing mode, but a lot required a sign in and none seemed fully fit for purpose.

I then remembered, that you can launch a simple, editable html file with a URL. No need for a web connection. No sign in. Simple.

Copy this into a new tab to see: data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

So what I've come up with is really simple to use solution that will easily meet the needs of examiners, exams officers and students. Here is a setup guide and a video (6 minutes) below:

The setup guide includes 2 other versions with a bit of formatting and input fields that you may find useful. If you have a basic knowledge of html, you could customise your exam session however you wanted!
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  1. Great solution Oli. I'll pass it onto a number of schools that been asking for exactly this requirement. I had a go at this myself a few months back but hit a brick wall trying to use an app for the editing. The HTML solution is very elegant and could be taken in a number of directions. Wish I'd thought of it myself!

  2. Hi there, looking for a solution like this. How does the save work? I'd be concerned about someone losing all their work mid-exam.