Back in late summer Google announced that they would allow educators the ability to administer assessments with Google Forms in a distraction-free or “locked” environment. Last week they finally announced that the beta program is finally ready and are looking for help from us to test this new feature out (pun intended).
[NOTE: This feature is currently in beta and not available to all users yet. If you’d like to try it out, then you can sign up using this form.]
How it works
- Once enabled, navigate to a Google Forms file that you have setup to act as a quiz and click on the Settings gear icon.
- In Settings click on the QUIZZES tab to locate the Locked mode on Chromebooks option that is currently in Beta.
- Check off the box below to Turn on locked mode.
- Once enabled, a notification will be added to the front page of the Google Form stating that this assessment has the locked mode option enabled.
- A similar reminder will be displayed on the assignment description window for teachers in Google Classroom.
- Note that once locked mode has been enabled, certain options under the GENERAL tab in Settings will be turned off as well.
- If a student attempts to access the Google Forms assessment from a non-Chromebook device, they will receive an error message:
- Otherwise, students using managed Chromebooks will be greeted with the following message window upon accessing the assessment:
- Once students click the START QUIZ button, the browser window will switch to full screen mode and disable any shortcuts, touchpad gestures, etc. that could allow them to leave the Google Form. Students do have the option to exit by clicking on the CLOSE QUIZ button located in the top-right corner, but if so then none of their responses will be saved.
- NOTE: In addition to the window/tab navigation tools being locked down, other features like taking a screenshot have also been disabled.
For more information please visit Google’s The Keyword blog which contains additional information include a step-by-step guide, Help Center directions, and a link to sign-up to participate in the beta program. And if you do decide to sign-up please don’t forget to send Google lots of constructive feedback.