21Things4Students Poster

Times and dates are displayed based on your device's time zone setting.

Participate and share : Poster

Kate Grunow  
Dr. Jennifer Parker  

Join us for a tour of 21things4students — an ISTE Seal of Alignment honoree. Explore our free activities to integrate technology into the middle school classroom curriculum (grades 5-9). Learn to use our free curriculum and curated digital tools to build student technology proficiency based on the ISTE Student Standards.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will be using the Internet
Topic: Using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: 6-8
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the 21things4 project and the resources shared here are for K-8 educators.
There are 21 "Things" - which are Ed Tech topics.
Personalize the learning by choosing a "Thing", which has several "Quests".
Each "Quest" is a project based learning experience based on free digital tools and resources to meet the ISTE Student Standards.
Move through the "Quests" and create digital artifacts, experience interactives and formative assessments, and earn Certificates and badges.
All of the resources are FREE and were created and annually updated by a team of instructional technology consultants in Michigan and supported by the State REMC Association.
Educators facilitate the web sites live or place content in their LMS to monitor students progress.

Supporting research

Lu, J. (2004). A personalized e-learning material recommender system. In International Conference on Information Technology and Applications. Macquarie Scientific Publishing.

Grant, P., & Basye, D. (2014). Personalized learning: A guide for engaging students with technology. International society for technology in education.

Turnip, B., Wahyuni, I., & Tanjung, Y. I. (2016). The Effect of Inquiry Training Learning Model Based on Just in Time Teaching for Problem Solving Skill. Journal of Education and Practice, 7(15), 177-181.

Watson, J. (2008). Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education. Promising Practices in Online Learning. North American Council for Online Learning.

More [+]


Kate Grunow, Macomb Intermediate School District

Kate Grunow has been in education for over a decade as a K-12 digital media specialist and English teacher. She currently serves 130,000 students and over 10,000 teachers as an instructional technologist in metro Detroit. She is one of the co-creators of the 21 Things 4 project and a presenter at local, state, and national conferences on topics such as blended learning, free technology tools, learning management platforms, and digital age teaching and learning. She has been the Schoology implementation lead for Macomb ISD for the past two years training over 3,000 teachers on Schoology during Covid-19.

Dr. Jennifer Parker, Macomb Intermediate SD
ISTE Certified Educator