NYSTCE Technology Education

The NYSTCE Technology Education test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach curriculum related to the applications and types of technology that are available in our society in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Fundamentals of Technology and Engineering Education (16% of the exam)
Technological and Engineering Design (16%)
Manufacturing, Construction, and Materials (14%)
Information and Communication (12%)
Transportation and Energy (13%)
Biotechnology and Environmental Quality (9%)
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (20%)

The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Technology Education Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a focus of elementary school software?
A: Literacy
B: Mathematics
C: Readiness skills
D: Science

2. A seemingly harmless program that conceals a dangerous virus is known as a _____.
A: Trojan horse
B: phishing scheme
C: hack
D: land mine

3. Which of the following statements about technology education in elementary school is true?
A: Students should be left alone while they are working on a computer.
B: Computer work should always be done with a partner or in a group.
C: Computers should be placed in the high-traffic areas of the classroom.
D: Students should be allowed to select their software programs.

4. There has been a recent batch of internet programs that have increased user interaction. These programs are known as _____.
A: the Superweb
B: Web 2.0
C: W4
D: the Blogosphere

5. What is the name for a website on which content can be created and updated by users on their own browsers?
A: E-magazine
B: Site map
C: Web host
D: Wiki

Answer Key

1. D. In the early years of school, children should only use software that reinforces the concepts that they have acquired through traditional instruction.
2. A. A virus hidden in a seemingly harmless program is known as a Trojan horse. Students should learn how to scan programs with anti-virus software to minimize the risk of Trojan horses.
3. B. Students need to work together in order to obtain all of the social and cognitive benefits that technology offers.
4. B. Social networking sites, blogs, and wikis are all considered to be part of Web 2.0.
5. D. Websites that are created and updated by users on their own browsers are typically called wikis. The best known wiki is Wikipedia, the user-generated encyclopedia. However, it is important to remember that the information on wikis is not always trustworthy.