To put a student into test mode, sign into cowriter.com as an educator or administrator, go to Manage Students, select one or more students, click the Lock icon, then select the test the students will be taking from the dropdown and click Turn On.
Placing Co:Writer's Chrome App into Test mode for STAAR for Basic Transcribing "STAAR-Transcribe" only allows access to a secure Word Processor and Speech-to-text. The test mode disables all the features that are NOT allowed for Basic Transcribing within the Chrome App as explained in the 2018-2019 Technology Use Guidelines PPT_FINAL_101818.pdf (Pages 18-22).
Co:Writer's Chrome Extension will also share these test settings when turned on. The extension can then be used in compliance with the test as long as the online word processor also complies with the requirements.
Features disabled from Co:Writer when in the Test Mode for "STAAR-Transcribe" are...
- Any feature that will edit or aid a student’s response. (Co:Writer disasbles spell-check, word prediction, and auto-correction. Co:Writer's Speech-to-text and word processor will not automatically capitalize words. In the case of Speech-to-text, words that begin a sentence like "this" will not be automatically capitalized. If the word does not exist as a lower-case word (when using Speech-to-text), like the word "Texas," it will be inserted as a capitalized word given the word "texas" does not exist.
- Any feature that will save a typed response and share/email a response (No writings are ever sent or communicated to a server or allowed to be shared anywhere outside of the local app/client computer. Co:Writer permanently and irretrievably deletes all student writing from the app/client computer immediately when a student signs out).
- Internet capabilities. (Co:Writer's Chrome App does not have online access outside the application's functions and is Kiosk compatible).
- Any feature that will allow the ability to access other programs/features not allowed on the device. (Co:Writer does not access any other features outside the App).