21 Things - Basics

Q1 Navigation

1. Basics


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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 is 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 or 5-click Navigation Challenge!

PDF transcript of this video (revised 9/7/18)

Direct link to the video

  1. Complete the new 4 or 5-Click Navigation Challenge!

Game Rules

  • The back arrow on the browser is off limits!
  • Start by clicking on the map of Michigan. Watch out, there are two different maps of Michigan!
  • Get back here in four clicks if you can (depends on which Michigan map you click on)

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.

Student Checklists

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.

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: This 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.

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 documents have been updated for 2018-2019 school year. Check with your teacher for which option to use to save your own 21t4sroadmap.

A. Google Sheet: Download and print or copy to your own Drive space

B. Microsoft Excel: Download and save 21t4sroadmap.xls

C. Microsoft Word: Download and save 21t4sroadmap.doc

D. Adobe Acrobat PDF: Download and save 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


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