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COOL Check: Super simple digital testing

16 November 2021

COOL news for schools! Our revamped digital testing environment COOL Check is live. A+ user friendliness makes it the perfect tool to safely conduct digital tests on Chromebooks – even for teachers who feel unsure about using tech. COOL Check is simple, secure and fast. No need for an IT Admin to get involved!

COOL Check in a nutshell

Up until now, there was no simple exam application that is linked to schools’ Student Information Systems (SIS). The existing LockDown browser or other exam and assessment tools are often technically complex, meaning the IT department has to step in to assist.

COOL Check has changed this.

Within the protected environment of COOL Check, students can only access the resources their teacher has selected. It’s a convenient tool that can be used for lessons, dictations, tests and exams – whether they are low-stakes assessments or high-stakes admission and exit tests. 

By working with COOL Check throughout the school year, it quickly becomes a familiar (testing) environment for your students, while teachers benefit from easy, hassle-free digital assessment.

“During a pilot, I experienced COOL Check as an easy and relaxed way for students to take a test in a closed environment.”

Katja Rakic

Principal Anne Frank Montessori School

How COOL Check supports your school

COOL Check is suitable for all levels of education, from primary and secondary to vocational and higher education. Teachers are no longer dependent on IT staff to set up digital exams and students can work in a distraction-free environment they know.

 

The benefits
  • Integration: COOL Check is linked to the student information system (SIS)
  • Custom and standardised testing: Give students access to teacher-created tests as well as standardised tests by third parties. Any exam or test that is accessible with an URL is possible to use in combination with COOL Check.
  • Convenient preparation: Plan tests in advance and remotely.
  • Taking tests anywhere: COOL Check makes assessment less time-consuming and place-bound. Let students take tests from any classroom or even from home.
  • Ease of use: Even supervisors or substitute teachers can easily set up a test using the associated PIN.
  • Select resources: Easily select which tools may be used for each test, for example, a spell checker, online calculator, online dictionary, specific websites and other information sources.
  • Readability: No more illegible handwriting.
  • Personalisation: Set up different assignments or tests within one group. Using different versions of the same test prevents cheating and facilitates personalised education, for example to accommodate students with dyslexia.
  • Improved accessibility: COOL Check offers the possibility to have texts read out loud with ‘text to speech’.
  • Time management: Set the maximum time for completing the test.
  • Print in one go: Print all completed tests at the touch of a button.

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“Practicing and testing should be done in the same environment and on the same device. We know from research that changing test environments and devices can lead to fluctuations in student test scores. We don’t want that to happen. Moreover, it’s time consuming and costly to maintain multiple testing environments, devices and/or classrooms. Schools should avoid this.”

Eric Welp

Advisor and ICT Specialist at Kennisnet

Pricing and launch

Already a COOL customer? Then the updated version of COOL Check is free to use for your school! The app can also be purchased as a separate module in case your school is not currently using the COOL Platform. More information and fees will be announced at a later date.

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