Topic outline

  • General

  • For Teachers Only

    Please hide this module once you have read this as it is for you the teacher to know how we set up this course.

    We used the Book Format in Moodle for each of Things. Due to the fact links change throughout the year and at times we do tweaks to the site, we link to the actual Quest Page in each of the Moodle Books. This means there will be minimal changes in the Moodle course for you as the teacher to take care of throughout the school year.

    Last year, we embedded the Quizlet questions which can be found on the Graduation Certificate for each Thing. (Example) Answers change sometimes because technology changes so quickly so we decided not to embed the questions this year. If you want to type the questions in yourself, you can get a list of questions and answers in the Teacher Moodle course. All teachers have access to the course if they register at

    If you don't have access, please email

    You are welcome to personalize this course by adding in materials that will enhance the course or delete or hide Things you won't be teaching. Please adhere to our Creative Commons. We allow teachers to use our course, but it cannot be used commercially or for personal gain.

    (Copyright © 2013 - REMC.ORG - All Rights Reserved21things4students by REMC-RITS is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Commercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.)

    Please make sure to read the information on the site under Teacher Resources. There are Teacher Mission Guides for every Thing. These are Teacher Guides to help the teacher teach each Thing. There are additional resources and rubrics for the assignments.

    Have fun and we hope you enjoy teaching this course!
    The 21 Things Team

    • Begin Here- Welcome to 21Things4Students

      Please watch the short video introduction above, or download and read the text for this Introduction. BasicIntroduction.pdf

      • Basics

        Welcome! There are 2 parts to this adventure with technology.

        1. Your first Basics mission is a Briefing with four Quests, covering important basic skills which are part of the National Educational Technology Standards for students.

      • Troubleshooting

        According to Murphy’s Law – Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way. Anybody who has used technology knows this well. Your mission is to prove Murphy wrong – Complete the four Quests to learn how to troubleshoot common computer problems. You must be ready to solve problems.

      • Cloud Management


        Harness the cloudEveryone is talking about "the cloud," but what is it?  Do  you know?  Watch the video above to learn more about it before you try to harness the cloud

      • Visual Organizers

        As part of this mission, you will be learning how to create visual organizers and how to create and use QR codes.

      • Digital Footprint

        Your next mission is called Operation Digital Footprint.  You may not realize this, but each time you log on to the internet, use your cell phone or do anything digitally you are leaving a digital trail.

      • Cyber Safety

        Your challenge is to open the Cyber Safe by completing three missions to help make the connection between the "real" world and the "Digital" world. The decisions made in your digital world affect you as much as those made in the real world. In fact, your digital decisions and behaviors can affect you more and for longer than decisions made in the real world--even with prospective employers and college applications!

        Earn your Cyber Safety Expert badge by successfully completing the missions and cracking the cyber safe.

      • Be Legal and Fair

        Technology has brought about a potential crisis. It seems that a lot of artwork, literature, and music by our most creative authors, musicians, and artists have fallen into the hands of pirates. Our artists can no longer support themselves nor feel safe in creating new work. Their work is being shared all over the Internet as we speak. We need to put a stop to this. What would happen if your favorite musicians stopped writing and publishing their music? Do you want to listen to the music of your grandparents? That's where this assignment comes in.

      • Suite Tools

        Life is sweet! It is especially sweet when you have all of the tools right at your fingertips to complete a project thus making you more productive!

        Imagine using a program at school for typing a paper, however at home you do not have the software. Panic sets in! How are you possibly going to finish your assignment in the time your teacher has given without having the same software at home? Well, with a productivity suite that is FREE and online, you can get your work done in the comfort of your own home! 

      • Search Strategies

        Spider Web

        Welcome to Search Strategies! If you are like most people, it is very easy to get lost and spend hours trying to find the correct answer to your question while on the Internet. Never fear because you are going to learn the best sites for doing your research and you will never again spend hours lost in the huge spiderweb of the Internet. 

      • Digital Images


        Image Citation: Martinak15. Photo Albums. Digital image. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web.


        There are three basic Quests in this mission (and several additional Quests available--check with your teacher). You will be able to find, create, and edit digital images for a multimedia project. There is even an opportunity to work with infographics. Your ability to use images in multimedia material will allow you to express your creativity by communicating or presenting your ideas efficiently/effectively while respecting the work of others.

      • Powerful Presentations

        Tired of writing all the time? Would you like to express yourself through a presentation instead? During these two missions you are going to learn how to present your agent reports more creatively through Prezi and Google Presentations. You may even want to check out some of the additional resources with even more ways to present your reports in the GDrive Presentations Mission Quests. 

      • Interactives

        It’s time to use Web 2.0 tools to your advantage. Interactive websites are designed to help you learn through simulations and interaction with the subject-area content you are learning.  You will be learning about interactive websites through a series of three quests.  Good luck!

      • Dig the Data

        In the real world the word "Dig" is an analogy for thinking through a problem or issue or figuring something out so that you can make a decision based on your findings. In this mission you will "dig" through the quests to collect, organize and analyze data.

      • Social Networks

        A cyberwise student knows there are a lot of great web sites to go to for searching out information. In the Digital Footprint Mission you learned about locating information about people online. You will complete five quests in this mission, where you will learn about the kinds of social networks that are available, how they are used, and how to safely and effectively use social networks for a variety of purposes. You will also create a Personal Learning Environment to share with your classmates.

      • Hands-On-Line

        Your teacher wants you to undergo additional forensics training and there are three types of training classes available. You can go to class every day, take a hybrid class (part online, part in class), or take a completely online class. You’re tempted to take the online class, but is it the right fit for you? Complete the four Quests below to see if online learning is for you.

      • Career Prep

        This Mission includes five Quests.  You will begin by exploring your personality, skills, and interests.  Next, you will explore careers that fit your profile, and create employability documents and an online portfolio to spotlight you! 

      • Screencasting

        Ever thought about producing your own mini-movie or tutorial?  Screencasting is your ticket, a fun way to deliver a message to an audience. Buckle your seatbelts as we are headed to 21t4s TV to learn all about screencasting and create Emmy-worthy videos!

        You will have two quests to complete for this mission.

      • Multimedia Creation

        Multimedia creation is the latest and greatest way for to share and present information with animation, podcasts, and video creation.  Your end product in this mission will serve as an asset for your future development as a student and contributor in society.   

      • Buyer Beware

        Buying and selling on the Internet has changed the way we live. We can now perform a web search to locate, compare, and buy goods and services.

        You are going to investigate e-commerce as a consumer and learn some tips on how to shop online, avoid Internet fraud, and benefit from reviews and ratings.

      • Mobile Computing

        Before you are trusted with a virtual smartphone, we need to be sure that you understand some of the essential rules of what, and what not to do with a smartphone. Watch the following videos and complete the quests so you can earn your mobile computing badge, and your first virtual smartphone.

        Take a look at the following quests and listen for directions from your teacher.

      • Game Design

        Think about your favorite game, that cool website, or the app that makes your life easier.  What do they all have in common? They were brainstormed, coded, and refined just like you would research, write, and rewrite a research paper for your teacher. Programmers don't use magic to create the wonderful and exciting games and apps that you use.  They use coding languages like Python, Ruby, and Scratch. These languages can be learned--you don't have be genius to learn how to code.? Watch the video above and carefully listen to what these people have to say about coding.