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The 21t4s Experience from the Student Perspective

In this section you will look at the learning environment and project-based learning activities of the 21things4students from a student perspective. The next section will explore it from the teacher perspective with the teaching resources and supports available.

Steps (from a student perspective)

1. Start at the main 21things4students page.

2. Select 1 - Basics. This takes you to the Begin Here Orientation to 21things4students page.

3. Watch the introduction video (8:10) or one of the Presentation options (Google SlidesPPTX, or PDF) identifying the 7 main goals of the project.

4. If you are unfamiliar with Quizlet, read and watch the video for that.

5. When done, use the link "I'm ready to begin Thing 1 - Basics" at the bottom of the page.  (looks like this)

1. Basics Page

6. Watch the animated introduction video (2:06), read the Introduction and learning objectives.

7. Locate and look over the following links located on the right-hand side menu of the page:

  • Directions for using the checklists
  • Basics Teacher Guide
  • Learning Objectives Slide

8. Continue in Basics by selecting Quest 1 Navigation tips.
    Your task is to complete the following:

  • On the Quest 1 Navigation Tips page:
    • Review the steps and resources provided in the main section of the page as well as the side menu items:
    • In the main section:
      • Introduction, I Can Statements, Key Vocabulary
      • Expandable sections using the icon (+) with:
        • Vocabulary Game
        • Technology Skills Survey
        • PLG's
        • Student checklists
        • Roadmap of Things and Quests
      • Right side-bar menu: Student Checklist, Teacher Guide, and Competencies and Standards, and Websites and Documents
  • Proceed to Quest 2 Image Capture
    • Note the consistent structure of a Quest
    • Provisions to address different devices
  • Continue to Quest 3 Shortcuts
    • Looking at and trying out the shortcuts for the device(s) you use
  • Skip to the Basics Graduation Page

    • Note that teachers can print and provide award certificates and/or digital badges (provided in a Teacher Resource section)
    • The I Can statements and I Can Statements Slide (for teacher use)
    • The process in steps 2-3 for them to take and then show their Quiz results to the teacher
    • Preview the short survey in Step 4 that is used to collect feedback from students that helps guide annual revisions.
    • The presence of a Quizlet on the right side covering all of the vocabulary in this Thing.

9. Skip to Thing 6 Cyber Safety and the organization of the 9 Quests to address: Cybershield, Protect Your Identity, and Stop the Bully.  Take a brief look at one of the Quests in Thing 6 that is of particular interest. Two were flash-based and are in process of being replaced (spring 2021).

10. Return to the main 21things4students page and now select one of the 21 Things that looks interesting to you, perhaps something related to what you teach. Note the learning objectives and standards listed on the main Thing page and the Quest activities and resources available.

12. Reflect on your impressions of the Basics Quests and organization.

  • What will you need to do to support student navigation and learning?
  • What resources are provided for students to support their own learning?
  • Identify any potential issues you might need to prepare for

Set your own personal learning goals, and review them based on your new experiences and knowledge, and revise them as continue.

Move on to 21t4s Teaching Resources