About This Project


This is a quick  glimpse of the 21things in under 8 minutes.


21Things4Students is an online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the real world. Teachers value 21Things4Students because it's experiential, relevant, applicable and adaptable. Students say they love this class! 

The 21Things4Students project, is funded by the REMC Association

This site was created as an educational and online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the 21st century. This project was originally developed to provide districts and classroom teachers with resources to help students meet or exceed the 8th grade technology proficiency requirements in Michigan and currently focuses on helping students build information literacy and digital citizenship skills and be knowledgeable about internet safety and cyberbullying.

Our team continues to work hard to provide project-based activities that:
1. Address current technologies and use sites and resources vetted as appropriate for students in grades 5-9.

2. Maintain and keep the links and content current.

3. Address the International Educational Technology Standards for Students (ISTE-S) and the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies (MITECS). The site received the ISTE Seal of Alignment for several years.MITECS image from techplan.org/mitecs

Contact information

Contact 21things4students@remc.org
No vendors please! Questions, non-working link information, suggestions and ideas are welcomed.

The 21things4students project originated from the passion of the founders of the 21things4teachers site. The 21things4teachers' site was originally created in 2008 by this team of Michigan educators (l-r) Melissa White Ingham ISD, Dr. Jennifer Parker-Moore Macomb ISD, the late Frank Miracola Macomb ISD (d. 10/15/2010), Carolyn McCarthy Shiawassee RESD.

The RITS (REMC Instructional Technology Specialists) met in 2009 and began work on the Student site under the leadership of the four who created the Teacher website. RITS members continue contributing their ideas and content to the Student site. 

Project Leaders:

Carolyn McCarthy and Melissa White



The International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) awarded the 21things4students site the ISTE Seal of Alignment for 2019-2020 indicating the site resources meets the technology standards for students.

The ISTE team did a comprehensive review of the 21Things and the Quests.

Their summary conclusion states:


Reviewers concluded that collectively, the 21things4students resource is an impressive resource that provides a comprehensive ladder of skills critical for students to be successful in the digital learning landscape. Students who complete the 21Things curriculum will be in an excellent position to further develop their skills and grow their effective use of technology as a tool for learning."