21 Things - Basics

Q4 Shortcuts Step 2

1. Basics


This activity focuses on shortcuts that are great for arranging the different windows or documents on your screen so you can see more than one at a time, and multi-task more easily. 

Splitting Your Screen

Splitting your screen is helpful when you are looking back at a passage to answer questions or write a response. It is also helpful when you are comparing information between two or more windows.

1. If someone in your class already knows how to split the screen, ask them to demonstrate how they do it and try it out. 

Example: Going to http://google.com for Chromebook help displayed this message

Search results for splitting the screen on a chromebook: Displays   to Click and hold the Maximize, drag to the left or right using the carat arrow keys, repeat for the second one.

2. Now you can search out the shortcut to split your screen for your device, searching “how do you split the screen on a ____________” (Chromebook, iPad, Mac, Windows PC, etc.)

3. PRACTICE IT..... SHARE IT... TEACH IT  to two or more individuals (a relative, classmate, friend, etc.).

Screenshot (screen capture or screen grab) of your entire display

1. Search the web for information on how to do a screenshot of the entire display on your device.


  • To document your work for the portfolio
  • To share an image, photo, quote, or a part of a browser window with another
  • To document an error message, cyber stalking action, or inappropriate content. or communication (such as bullying) to share with an authority or parent as evidence.

2. Now search for the "keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot..." with your digital device. Try it, and then share it with your teacher, classmates, partner, or group.

3. Be sure to put a screenshot onto your Digital Portfolio page, and describe how you did it.

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies