Google Docs has a brand NEW Dropdown Chips feature! I am pretty excited about this update as not only does it allow you to insert a dropdown but it also allows you to create templates. Today’s blog will also explore a few different ways educators may use Dropdown Chips such as rubric design, flexible groupings, and progress or project monitoring.
How do you locate this new Dropdown Chip feature? Well, there are a couple different ways you may do so.
Option 1: Go to the Menu and select Insert– Dropdown.
Simply click on Insert in the Toolbar and then select Dropdown.
Option 2: Use the @ symbol to add the Dropdown Chips
Another way you may insert a Dropdown Chip is by typing in the @ sign. You may then scroll to the bottom and select Dropdown. Or, you may also type @dropdown to quickly locate the Smart Chip.
How could you use Dropdown Chips?
There are many different ways you could use Dropdown Chips in education. Let’s explore a few different ideas:
Idea 1: Rubrics
Insert items that may be included in a rubric. Make sure to name the template so you may continue to access the rubric as needed. You may also color code your template by changing the text and background colors.
Idea 2. Flexible Groups/Small Group Instruction
Dropdown Chips would make it much easier to create your flexible groups for small group instruction. To do this:
- Go to Insert Dropdown
- Create a template named “Class List”
- Name your first student “Student”. This will serve as a placeholder
- Add the rest of your students to the template
- Insert the Dropdown Template “Class List” into a table for small groups
- Your first placeholder Student should appear.
- Copy and Paste this Student Dropdown Chip into the columns as more placeholders.
Idea 3: Project/Progress Monitoring
You may have noticed the PRESET DROPDOWN templates when you selected Insert-Dropdown.
The Project Status template you see above will allow you to edit a template like this:
Have you used Document Chips? I’d love to hear your workflow or integration ideas!