Student Impressions from The Nation’s Report Card: Technology and Engineering Literacy

♪ MUSIC ♪ CALEB: I don’t think I ever took
a test like this. It’s like vizualization makes it
a lot easier for me. NA’IM: Because it was more fun,
it definitely helped me concentrate. Because
on a regular test, I would probably feel drowsy or fall
asleep. BRYAN: When it’s more fun that
whatever like that, it makes you engaged into the
test. ♪ MUSIC ♪ DYLAN: You had to understand how
different materials affects how heat would be trapped to
keep the cage warm for Iggy. NOELLE: With this test, I
learned a lot more about iguanas and about how to use
those facts to solve problems. CALEB: We learn about infrared
heat. It was actually one lamp that was running off infrared
heat. How the igauna adapted to the environment before we
started changing it up. DYLAN: It was a system that
would spray water into the cage in a mist form, so the lizard
could absorb it. And you had to understand that that’s what
the lizard needed. It needed moisture in the air
not drinking water. ♪ MUSIC ♪ DYLAN: It kind of reminded me of
things we do in science. It was a little interactive
program that we have in science sometimes that we
use. JAIDYN: How the wind is, how the
air is, warmer air and cooler air — it reminded me
of convection currents that we were learning. NA’IM: I definitely have more
background knowledge, because I have two turtles
myself. ♪ MUSIC ♪ BRYAN: A computer test, you can
do more things to make the person who’s doing the test
understand it, like the animations that were in
that test. DYLAN: It was more interactive.
It had an actual thing that you could see if you were doing
it right, see if you were following along correctly with
the information it was giving you. And it made
it interesting by having a lizard that you actually cared
about in the assessment. ♪ MUSIC ♪

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