Digital assessment, the easy way
Digital tests and exams aren’t new. But one year of remote and hybrid learning have catapulted schools into a teaching and learning experience that is richer on the IT-side than ever before. Having the right digital tools at your fingertips is no longer just a nice-to-have extra; it’s vital to your daily teaching practice. Of course this raises questions such as: Which exam software should we use? Is it secure? What is the best device for (remote) online testing? How do we prevent students from googling all the answers?
The solution: COOL Check! COOL Check is an easy-to-use tool for conducting quizzes, tests and exams in a secure digital environment. Specifically developed for Chrome devices, it offers handy features like locking students’ Chromebooks into the COOL Check environment and live monitoring with up to three supervisors. This helps teachers to support students in an effective manner and keeps everyone on task. Full integration of COOL Check with the COOL platform makes setting up for a test or exam a matter of seconds! Even from a distance.
No cheating, more focus
In COOL Check, students’ devices are locked. This means that students cannot access apps or screens other than COOL Check for the entire duration of the test. It’s like the digital version of an exam room: a separate, secured space that always runs full-screen. Teachers can easily enable additional resources like a dictionary or calculator. They can also attach Google Docs, Forms or other files from their Drive. No special technical skills needed!
Why students love COOL Check
- Less distractions during a test = more focus and better results
- Personalised assessment, adapted to specific learning goals and needs
- Accessibility features such as text-to-speech for special needs learners
- Direct teacher support
Monitor student progress and tackle problems upfront
The COOL Monitoring tool makes it possible to view students’ real-time screen activity. This means that teachers can easily track the progress of the group or individual students during the assessment, live from their own device. Is a student taking too long to answer a particular question, or are several students having difficulty solving the same task? Simply send an individual or group message to offer extra explanation and resolve confusion on the spot!
Exam-ready in one click
Starting a quiz, test or exam with COOL Check is easy and fast. Once students have logged in to COOL Check, the teacher shares the 4-digit PIN needed to take the test, so everyone gets to start at the same time. Teachers can monitor group and individual progress in real-time from their own device and offer guidance or add extra time when needed.
Why teachers love COOL Check
- COOL Check can be activated for single, multiple or all students
- Real-time monitoring of individual and group progress
- Planning, supervising, grading and archiving tests in one place
- Proactive support and problem-solving during tests and exams
- No special IT skills or admin support needed
Exams from a distance
With COOL Check and a Chromebook, students can even take a test at home! Of course, using COOL Monitoring and COOL Check remotely is optional. The school’s admin can set a specific time window during which the Monitoring function is available. For example from Monday to Friday between 9AM and 3PM. In this way, monitoring students outside of school hours or on weekends is never possible.
What you need to use COOL Check
- Chrome device or device set up with CloudReady
- Google’s Chromebook Education Upgrade
- Google for Education account
- COOL Monitoring module
- COOL Check
We work to improve COOL Check everyday! One of the latest tweaks allows teachers to set the duration of an assessment in advance, so that the test or exam will automatically end when the allotted time runs out. Adding extra time during the test is done with two simple clicks. Of course, all future updates based on our teacher community’s feedback will be automatically added to your COOL Check environment.
Is there something we missed? Get in touch and tell us what you still need to manage your students in an exam situation. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions and are happy to answer your questions!