This week, Google announced more than a dozen updates to Google Workspace products. A new text box feature in Google Docs is included in these updates. The new text box option can be used to create interactive checklists. These checklists, like any other Google document, can be shared with colleagues and students who can then cross off items as they are completed.
In this short video, I show how to create interactive checklists in Google Docs. One of the cool things you’ll see in the video is that you can adjust the size and style of the checkboxes using the font menus in Google Docs.
Applications for education
My first thought upon seeing the new checklist option in Google Docs was that it might be ideal for students to use when planning group projects. The group can have their to-do list and all the details of their plans in one document instead of having to use a separate task management tool or having to write / rewrite comments when a task is finished.