21 Things - Basics

Q1 Navigation

1. Basics




The 21 Things 4 Students website is a very large website with many good technology skills to learn as you go through each Quest. Begin each Quest by reading the Introduction, I Can Statements and Key Vocabulary. In this Quest you are going to learn how to successfully navigate the website. 

I Can Statements

  • confidently navigate the 21 Things 4 Students website
  • expand a dropdown box
  • control my computer’s volume
  • download a file
  • upload a file

Key Vocabulary

Video controls: Video controls are play, pause, full-screen, scroll, volume, cc (close caption), share and...  (video controls diagram)

Drop-down menu: This menu drops down to show you more options when you move your mouse over it or click on it. An example it the 21Things menu at the top.

Web Content Block: It is a block of information that can be expanded to show more information, or contracted to hide it. 

Download a file: To download a file is to copy a file (image, video, music) from one computer location to a different one. An example is to download a document from one of the 21 Things webpages to your own device so you can use or edit it.



  1. Play and carefully watch the video below that demonstrates how to navigate our webpages. You will then have a 4-click Navigation Challenge!

Direct link to the video

  1. Complete the 4-Click Navigation Challenge. 

Game Rules

  • The back arrow on the browser is off limits!
  • Start by clicking on the map of Michigan
  • Get back here in four clicks or less

Select the + to expand the content block below when you are ready to move on.

Expand/Contract - Click the + to see this information

Bella, rottweiler dog says Congratulations in a banner

Bella sends her congratulations for expanding this content window by clicking on the . This is a new feature that may make the pages easier to view and navigate. We will use it when there are longer sections of content. You can click on the  to contract it again.

Go on to Basics Navigation Part Two by expanding that section.

Part 2: Student Checklists, Skills Survey, & the 21t4s Roadmap

PDF transcript of this video

Direct link to the video to play fullscreen.

Student Checklists 

  There are Quest specific checklists (as shown on the right hand side) that give you each step for a Quest in a Thing.

Click the - symbol to contract this section.

Part 2 Continued: Short Technology Skills Survey

Short Technology Skills Survey

Please check the button below for your grade level to complete a very short technology skills survey. When you complete it, check with your teacher for specific directions to save a copy of your completed survey, and where to save it. There is a box at the end for you to type your first name and last initial or a student ID number. Please do NOT put your full name in the box for privacy. You will be able to compare your answers to a similar survey later on in Thing 15.


When you are done with this section use the - button to contract it.

Part 2 Continued: 21t4s Roadmap

The Roadmap is an overview of all of the 21Things activities, but not the steps (as broken down for the student checklists). Many find it helpful to keep track of their progress.
***The Roadmap has been updated for 2017-18. Check with your teacher for which option to use to save your own 21t4sroadmap. Download and print (or copy from Google Drive to your own Drive space) this Roadmap 21t4sroadmap.xls, Google Drive roadmap or Microsoft Word doc to copy and save.

Note: The Things and Quests do not have to be completed in the order they are listed. You and your teacher may choose to skip some or only use a few. Save your 21 Things roadmap for future classes

Part 3: Controlling the volume on your device

Make sure you know how to turn up, down, or mute the volume on your computing device. This will be helpful for classmates around you. 

If you are not sure how to adjust or mute the volume, view the directions for the Chromebook, iPad, Kindle Fire, Microsoft Surface tablet, Macbook, and different Windows computers with this Google Doc or Word Doc.

Completing this Quest:

Once you have watched the video, taken the navigation challenge, and completed the Basics Skills checklist you will have completed this Quest, congratulations.

 Check this off on your 21t4s roadmap!

Move on to Quest 2 , Image Capture