About This Project


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, and is maintained by two of the original team members from Michigan (Shiawassee RESD, and Ingham ISD). It 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. The development of this resource came at the request of teachers using the initial 21things4teachers.net site. The Teacher site is now managed by the Macomb ISD staff, Dr. Jennifer Parker and Jan Harding. These resources are aligned with the Michigan Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for students.

Some of the original team members that helped initiate this project:

21 Team

Front row: Tina Tribu, Kalamazoo RESA, Jan Harding, Macomb ISD, Jennifer Parker-Moore, Ed.D., Macomb ISD 

Back row: Kay Hauck, Clare-Gladwin RESD, Carolyn McCarthy, Project Manager, Shiawassee RESD, Melissa White, Project Manager and retired from Ingham ISD

and in memory of Frank Miracola, Macomb ISD 

This project has received invaluable help and input from the following educators:

  • Members of the REMC Instructional Technology Specialists  in Michigan.
  • Teacher-educators: Each year between 10-15 educators from around Michigan, that teach with the 21Things4Students, participate in identifying and making annual revision updates.
  • Feedback from surveys and classroom visits guide the annual updates and revisions. These changes go live between mid-June through July.

Our team continues to work hard to provide project-based activities that:

1. Address the International Educational Technology Standards for Students (ISTE-S) and the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies (MITECS). The site has received the ISTE Seal of Alignment for being aligned with the Technology Standards. MITECS image from techplan.org/mitecs

2. Address the National Common Core Standards (where feasable) as well as areas of the Framework for 21st Century Learning as identified by the Partnership For 21st Century Skills

Contact information

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

Here are some comments from teachers using the 21t4s answering, "What do you like best about 21t4s?"

"It has the latest technology concepts that students need to be familiar with and they are aligned with national standards. I have looked for two years for something like this."

"The resources are varied and definitely appeal to my students' interests because of their relevancy."

"The concept makes it engaging for the students as well as teaches them very useful computer concepts."

"The flexibility to customize the presentation of materials and the multiple learning modes addressed with the provided materials."

"The flexibility to customize the presentation of materials and the multiple learning modes addressed with the provided materials."

"It covers all the essentials skills, and the tasks are engaging for the students."

"It is highly organized, has great resources, is up to date, and is in line with our state curriculum."

"To be perfectly honest, what I like best about 21things4students is that a professional team of people is in charge of updates--not me. Keeping up with changes in the cyber world can be exhausting and any resources available for purchase are costly and/or become outdated quickly. 21things4students is FREE and timely."

"I like the depth and detail of the lessons. This helps guides students to read more carefully and discern directions clearly, which is a very valuable skill to have."

"As busy as everyone is, the 21Things4Students is a great way to be reminded of the best resources available to use as an alternative way to teach a topic."

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."