If you are a school district that uses Naiku, I have a useful free tool for you! Derrek White from the Iron Mountain Public Schools and I came up with the Naiku Chrome App, and instead of hoarding it for ourselves I paid the darn developer fee and got it added to the Chrome Web Store for all to use for free.
What is the Naiku Chrome App you ask? Well, we had issues where students would switch windows during Naiku testing and cheat. I know your students may not do this, but ours did. So anyways, with the Naiki Chrome App you can set it as a app that a Chromebook or Chromebox can boot into or students enter into before logging in. Students are then stuck on the Naiku website and are unable to access additional windows or tabs. This would be similar to the M-Step testing. If you do not know how to add Kiosk Apps into your Chrome Dashboard, have no fear, here are the instructions: Adding the Naiku Chrome App to your Dashboard.
I hope that some other school districts can find this useful!
The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District was the host of the Google Certification Academy done by Google Certified Trainer John Sowash of Sowash Ventures on June 30th and July 1st. Twenty-five educators from around the Dickinson and Iron County areas attended this two day training that focused on the use of Google Apps in the classroom and school. Educators learned about resources available to them to enhance student learning and their own productivity. Attendees also learned about the options available to them to become a Google Certified Educator and/or Trainer. This training was made possible to the DIISD by the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRiG).
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