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Create Digital Dynamic Rubrics 

General Instructions 
Avant de commencer… 
- A Google Sheet is made up of a series of ​columns​ (A,B,C…) and ​rows​ (1,2,3…) 
- Each cell can be identified using the column header and the row label. (B6) 
- A cell can… 
- contain t​ ext​ which can be formatted (font type, font size, right/center/left) 
- contain a n ​ umber​ which can be used in formulas/calculations 
- contain a f​ ormula​ to return a result (sum a series of numbers, calculate a grade) 
Sizing a cell 
- The height and width of a cell can be adjusted 
1. Place the cursor on the line between the column headers 
2. The cursor will change to an arrow 
3. Click, hold and drag the line until you have the desired column width 
4. Repeat the same steps to resize the row 
Changing the formatting of text in a cell 

Use the drop down menu to change the t​ ype​ of font 


Use the drop down menu to change the s

​ ize​ of the font 

Make the text ​bold 


Make the text ​italic 


Strike out​ the text 


Change the ​color​ of the text 


Change the ​background color​ of the text 

Add/Remove a b
​ order​ to a cell 

Move text to the L

​ eft / Center / Right / Justify​ of the cell 
  (Horizontal Adjustment) 

Move text to the T

​ op / Center / Bottom ​of the cell 
  (Vertical Adjustment) 

Wrap text​ in the cell/merged cells 

Freezing Rows or Columns 
- Select the last row or column that you want to freeze. 
- Select ‘View,’ ‘Freeze,’ then ‘Up to current row (#).’ 

Merging/Unmerging Cells 
- Select the cells you want to merge 

- Click on the merge/unmerge cells button:  

- Cells will merge into one and act like one cell 

- To unmerge a cell, select it 
- Click on the merge/unmerge cells button 
- The cells will then unmerge 
Creating a hyperlink to an online resource 
- Enter the text you want to appear as the hyperlink 

- Select the cell and use ‘Command + K’ short cut key. 

- Copy and paste the URL (web address) of the online resource in the ‘Link’ box. 

- Click Apply 
- The text will turn blue and be underlined indicating that it is an active hyperlink. 

Creating a pull down menu in a cell 

- To create a pull down menu, use ‘Data validation…’  
- Cell Range: The cell/cells that will contain the pull down menu. 
- Criteria: You may use an existing list (List from a range) or type in a list (List of items) 
List of items: Use commas to separate values, Don’t use spaces. 
- Check off ‘Show dropdown list in cell’ 
- Leave all other settings the same 
- Click ‘Save’ 
Using cells to make calculations 
- Begin all formulas with the ‘=’ sign 
- Use the same operators of a calculator to create basic fomulas ( + - / * ) 
- To create a formula that reference a number/value in a cell… 
a. Enter ‘=’ 
b. Click on the cell which contains the ​first number/value​ of the formula 
c. Enter the desired operator ( + - / * ) 
d. Click on the cell which contains the ​second number/value​ of the formula 
e. Hit enter/return to finish the formula 
f. The value in the cell is the result of the formula 
Basic Pre-programmed Formulas 
- To access the most popular formulas, click on the t​ hree dots​, 
then the ​sigma symbol​. 
- To access more functions, click on the ‘More function…’ icon in 
the drop down menu. 
Lookup Formula 
- The Lookup Formula will find and return a value in a table based on another value. 
- For example, if a student scores a rubric score of ​“28”​ and you would like a cell to display 
the percent score of “​ 93%”​, you would use the following Lookup Formula: 
Table with Values 

C2​ = the calculated rubric score (28) 

$I$7:$L$40​ = the range of the table (​ use the ‘$’ symbol in 
front of the column letter / row number to freeze the range in 
2​ = the number of the column which contains the 
value you want returned 
False​ = If the number set in the first column is sorted, 
use TRUE. If not sorted, use FALSE. *In most instances, 
you will use FALSE.*