21 Things - Basics

Q1 Navigation

1. Basics


Direct link to this video



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
  • download a file

Key Vocabulary

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.

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.

Upload a file: To move or copy a file from one computing device to another one.

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

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

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice using a Quizlet for the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link


After this activity please continue to PART 1


1. Hot-spot interactive activity.

a. When you carry out this step, it will open a new window with a Screenshot of this page with "hotspots" to select. Learn about important parts of these Quest pages using the hotspots. A hotspot looks like a circle with a large + inside it.

A white circle with a purple center and white plus symbol inside.

b. After completing the activity, return here by closing the new window (or tab)

Use this link for the Interactive

c. Continue this Quest by expanding the content boxes below.

Now that you have used the hotspot activity, try this Navigation scavenger hunt. Are you ready?

Directions: There are seven questions listed below, take the Quiz and see if you can get 80% or better on your first try, or try again.

  1. When you move your cursor or mouse across the menu bar that is below the picture of some students, there are drop-down menus. Which one is a shortcut to all of the different 21 Things?
  2. How many I Can Statements are on this page?
  3. When you take the Vocabulary Quizlet, what word/phrase is not in the Key Vocabulary?
  4. What does the cc on the bottom of the video window do?
  5. True or False?  There is only one way to get to the next Quest.
  6. How many Quests are there in Basics, not counting the Gold Quests?

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 6-8 skills survey was updated 9/1/2022. 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.

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 this 21t4s Personal Learning Goals Document 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.

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 until you have made your own copy.

  • 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.

The Roadmap is a listing of all of the 21 Things and Quests. Some students and teachers find it helpful to keep track of the different Things and Quests that are completed during the semester or year.

Note: The Roadmap documents have been updated for the 2021- 22 school year. Check with your teacher for the file type to use to save your own copy of the 21t4sroadmap. Note that the Google sheet provided can be downloaded as an Excel file or PDF document from the File menu, or copied to your Google drive if you are logged into it.

A. Google Sheet Roadmap 2021-23: Use the File menu - use the File menu>Make a copy, or choose Download as...

B. Microsoft Excel (xlsx) Roadmap 2021-23 or Microsoft Word Doc

C. Adobe Acrobat PDF Roadmap 2021-23: Use the download arrow when it opens to save the file

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

Completing this Quest:

Once you have watched the video and completed each of the sections and checked off the Student Checklist, try the short knowledge quiz below and then proceed to the next Quest.

Try to get 100% on this four Question Knowledge Check.


 Check this off on your 21t4s roadmap!

Move on to Quest 2, Image Capture

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

ISTE Standards for Students

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

21t4s Audio and Videos

21t4s Documents & Quizzes

21t4s Roadmap Documents 

  • Microsoft Excel (xlsx) Roadmap
  • Google Sheet: File menu - File menu>Make a copy, or choose Download as.. This file can be Downloaded from Google Drive as a Microsoft xls, or PDF document.
  • Adobe Use the download arrow when it opens to save the file

21t4s Tech Skill Surveys