21 Things - Basics

Q1 Navigation

1. Basics


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The 21 Things 4 Students website is a very large website filled with lots of technology activities. Begin each Quest by reading the "Introduction", review the "I Can Statements" and the "Key Vocabulary". In this Quest you are going to learn how to successfully navigate this website. 

I Can Statements

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

Key Vocabulary

Video controls: Video controls are play, pause, full-screen, scroll, volume, cc (closed caption), share and more. (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 is the 21 Things 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.


PART 1 - 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 (your browser might use a different symbol). We use it when there are long sections of content. You can click on the  to contract it again.

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1.1 Navigation Challenge

Welcome to the Navigation scavenger hunt. Are you ready?

Directions: Work with a partner and when you are done compare your answers with others in the class.

  1. Move your cursor or mouse across the menu bar that is below the picture of some students. Notice there are drop-down menus. Which one is a shortcut to the 21 Things?
  2. Can you get back to the main 21 Things page with one click without using the back arrow? (Hint: it’s an image)
  3. How many I Can Statements are on this page?
  4. Look at the Vocabulary section, then locate the Quizlet-Navigation Quiz link and try the Flashcards or Learn. What was the extra word that is not in the vocabulary section?
  5. What does the cc on the bottom of the video window do?
  6. What are two ways to get to the next Quest?
  7. How many Quests are there in Basics?


This next section has a collection of items to use as you go through the 21 Things:

  • 2.1. A short technology skills survey to help plan your learning journey.
  • 2.2. Tips for success by setting PLGs (Personal Learning Goals).
  • 2.3. Student Checklists to help you step through each Quest.
  • 2.4. The 21t4s Roadmap.

2.1 Short Technology Skills Survey

Short Technology Skills Survey

To help you identify Personal Learning Goals, this skills survey is provided.

1. Please check the button below for your grade level to complete a very short technology skills survey.

2. When you complete it, check with your teacher for specific directions to save a copy of your completed survey, and where to save it.

***NOTE: 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.

3. You will be able to compare your answers to a similar survey later on when your teacher has you do the post-assessment. 


Note: The Pre and the Post Skills Surveys are located on the Assessment Menu on the top menu bar. The goal is to provide an opportunity for you to identify personal learning goals first, save the results (or print them out), and then take it again in a few months, and see if you have improved and met your goals.

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

2.2 PLGs

PLG's = Personal Learning Goals

Studies of successful learners has found that when students are involved in setting their own learning goals it can help:

  • improve their academic performance
  • increase their motivation to achieve by being more engaged
  • increase their own pride and satisfaction in performance
  • improve their self-confidence

Some important goal setting tips: S. M. A. R. T.

Write your goals down and:

  1. Set goals that are SPECIFIC (example: I will improve my keyboarding).
  2. Set goals that can are MEASURABLE (example: I will type at 20 words per minute on the typing test).
  3. Set goals that are Achievable (example: I will practice keyboarding for 10 minutes four times a week until I reach my goal).
  4. Set goals that are Realistic and Relevant (examples: Something you want to do so that you might get a higher grade, be able to type your papers faster, help you edit photos and images, etc.).
  5. Timely, set a target date to achieve them, and plan to revisit the goals frequently and revise them as needed.
  6. Celebrate when your goals are achieved.  (Treat yourself to a favorite snack, share it with a friend, or do a favorite activity).
  7. Reflect on the goal you set, was it S.M.A.R.T. 
  8. Don't be afraid to ask questions and others for help.

Getting Started:

  1. Check with your teacher and open and save one of these 21t4s Personal Learning Goals documents (Google doc, OR Microsoft Word doc) to your own file space.
  2. Think about the skills survey you just completed, look at the I Can Statements at the top of this page, and write down two to three goals.
  3. Select some goals that are important and you want to learn to do.
  4. Share your goals with your teacher.

We will remind you to review and set new goals as you go through the 21 Things.

2.3 Student Checklists

Student Checklists


There are Quest specific checklists (located on the right-hand side) that list each step for the Quest. Students asked us to add these and find them helpful.

IMPORTANT: The checklists are Google documents that you cannot write in.

  • Google Drive users: If you use Google Drive then you can go to the File menu and make a copy for yourself and rename it.
  • Microsoft users: If you use Microsoft Office use the File menu and use the Download as... Microsoft document.
  • We suggest renaming the checklists using the Thing and Quest number, so this one would be 1.Q1 and your initials.

Notice there are also be boxes for you to:

  • write a reflection about this Quest and something new that you learned.

Click the - symbol to contract this section.

2.4 Roadmap

The Roadmap is an overview of all of the 21 Things activities, but not the Quest steps that are in the student checklists. Many students find it helpful to keep track of the different Things and Quests they have completed.

Note: The Roadmap documents have been updated for the 2018-2019 school year. Check with your teacher for which file type option to use to save your own 21t4sroadmap.

A. Google Sheet: File menu - choose copy to your own Drive space

B. Microsoft Excel:  Save as Microsoft Excel 21t4sroadmap.xls

C. Microsoft Word:  Save as Microsoft Word 21t4sroadmap.doc

D. Adobe Acrobat PDF: File menu - Save as PDF Document 21t4s roadmap.pdf

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

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 and completed each of the sections, including setting some Personal learning Goals and checked off the Student Checklist you are ready for the next Quest.

 Check this off on your 21t4s roadmap!

Move on to Quest 2 , Image Capture

Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.