Setting Up Chromebooks for MAP Testing using the Google Admin Console

cbWe are back to using MAP testing again this year. With the influx of Chromebooks in many schools, it only makes sense to use them for MAP testing. NWEA has actually made this easy since they have released a Chromebook app that can be deployed to your school Chromebooks. If you are a GAFE Manager for your school (meaning you have access to the Google Admin Console) you can follow the steps below. If you are not, you’ll need to submit a Helpdesk ticket to have the app setup on your Chromebooks.

One of the best things about the MAP testing app is you don’t have to long on to the Chromebook in order to use it. So a student forgetting their password on testing day is not an issue.

Most schools currently have their Chromebooks setup in one of two ways for daily use. I’m going to call them USER MODE and KIOSK MODE.

USER MODE – Students use their email address and password to log onto the Chromebook

KIOSK MODE – Students turn on the Chromebook and it automatically logs on and opens a particular website(s).

I’ve listed instructions for setting up both below. Follow whichever makes sense for your Chromebooks

*Chromebook is Setup for USER MODE

  1. Log into the Google Admin Console
  2. Click on Device management 
  3. Click on Chrome management (Left side)
  4. Click Device settings
  5. Scroll Down to Kiosk Settings
    KIOSK Settings
  6. Click Manage Kiosk Applications
  7. Click Chrome Web Store
  8. In the search box, type MAP
  9. Press Enter
  10. Next to “MAP Chromeboo…” click Add
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  11. Click Save
  12. When taken back to the “Device Settings” screen, click Save

Using the MAP testing app in USER MODE

  1. Turn on or Reboot the Chromebook.
  2. When on the logon screen, click on Apps at the bottom left corner
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  3. Click on MAP Chromebook Testing App

That’s it. No really, that’s all you have to do. To exit the app just press the power button a few seconds. You can then turn the Chromebook back on and use it normally.

*Chromebook is Setup for KIOSK MODE

These instructions are a bit more involved because you have a couple of options. I’ll explain the options as we go along.

  1. Log into the Google Admin Console
  2. Click on Device management 
  3. Click on Chrome management (Left side)
  4. Click Device settings
  5. Scroll Down to Kiosk Settings
  6. Click Manage Kiosk Applications
  7. Click Chrome Web Store
  8. In the search box, type MAP
  9. Press Enter
  10. Next to “MAP Chromeboo…” click Add
    kiosk2
  11. Click Save
  12. Your “Public Session Kiosk” settings probably look like the image below
    kiosk3
  13. Here’s where the options come in.
    • If you are only going to use the Chromebooks for MAP testing only (for now) you can choose the “MAP Testing Chromebook App” from the drop down under Auto-Launch Kiosk App. This will also turn off Auto-Launch Public Session
    • If you are going to use your Chromebooks in normal kiosk mode part of the day and MAP test the other part, I recommend setting Auto-Launch Public Session to No, and don’t auto-launch the MAP app

 

Using the MAP testing app in KIOSK MODE

  1. Turn on or Reboot the Chromebook.
  2. If you set your Device Settings to auto launch the MAP app it should do so, otherwise when on the KIOSK logon screen, click on Apps at the bottom left corner
    IMG_3871
  3. Click on MAP Chromebook Testing App

To exit the app just press the power button a few seconds. You can then turn the Chromebook back on and click on the KIOSK user to use it normally.

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  1. #1 by Sarah Holmes on December 12, 2016 - 12:21 pm

    I manage this part of MAP testing for our school district. In the past we have always locked down the Chromebooks (we used a Public Session instead of Kiosk Mode- but get the same results). I was wondering if you have had any issues with the students just manually going to the App? Have you noticed any benefits of one over the other?

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    • #2 by Dave on December 12, 2016 - 4:15 pm

      We have seen a problem with screen size when users try to use the app logged in rather than as a kiosk app. Specifically the second time they open the app. We haven’t tried it using Public KIOSK sessions.

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      • #3 by Sarah Holmes on May 2, 2017 - 3:48 pm

        What is the solution? I have read that the screen size issues with the app, require uninstalling and reinstalling the app? Our Chromebooks are managed, so students do not have the option to uninstall/reinstall. I was just wondering how this worked?

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      • #4 by Dave on May 2, 2017 - 6:57 pm

        If you are force installing the app then removing it from the force list would uninstall it. We don’t assign the MAP app to user/student accounts. Instead we push out the app as a KIOSK app via Device settings. The app is launched from the sign-on screen without anyone signing on. We haven’t had any screen size issues doing it this way.

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