Who are we?

SharingTree was started by two teachers, Eddie and Dave. Our goal is to allow people to easily publish content from their Google Drive and collaborate with others from around the world.

Eddie and Dave are both science teachers in Oceanside, CA. Oceanside is about 20 miles north of San Diego and enjoys temperate weather most of the year.

Eddie moved to Oceanside, CA in 1986 and was raised by a hard-working single mom. He grew up skateboarding the streets of Oceanside during the birth of street skating. Science and Art have always been something he enjoys. Eddie is a 2001 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science and minor in Plant Pathology. After graduating, he worked in Africa, helping farmers with crop production and plant disease problems. Eddie taught for 12 years in Pomona at the high school and middle level and then returned to Cal Poly for a Master’s degree in Educational Technology in 2013. He has been a high school science teacher in Oceanside Unified School district since 2013.

When Eddie is not helping around the house with his two boys, he enjoys doing bodywork on vintage cars and scooters, organic gardening, video game programming, and skateboarding.

Dave grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Carlsbad after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. He worked as an engineer for the Navy and then transferred into teaching 15 years ago. Dave currently teaches physics at Oceanside High School and recently adding engineering courses to support their new STEM pathway. His hobbies outside of education are his family, biking, CrossFit, coffee, and donuts.

If you have any feedback about SharingTree or how we can better help G Suite users collaborate, please reach out to us at contact@sharingtree.net. We are excited to build this community with you.

How do I make a Group?

A group is a collection of leaves (published files), and it can also include YouTube videos and images with or without links. Users can open/purchase all the content in a Group in one click, and SharingTree makes a folder in their Google Drive with all the content for that Group.

To make a Group open the left account toolbar using the three bars icon (☰), then navigate to Groups -> Published.

Going to Accounts (☰) then Groups -> Published

Once here, you can make a new group or update any published groups.

Click the ‘+’ to make a New Group

You start by selecting a Group name. Hyphens are the only special character allowed. This name will also be part of the URL for the group.

Make a Group options

Next, you can select any published leaves to include in the Group, add a Youtube video, and any images with or without a URL link.

Lastly, you will identify a resource type, short description, optional long description, and a price ($0 for free) for the Group and click Save.

An example group to view is Kelly Hilton’s The First Days of School. This group contains resources from her ebook by the same title. When a user Opens/Purchases a Group, all the leaves (files) are added directly to their Google Drive in a folder with the Group name, and an additional spreadsheet called Other Content shows links to all additional resources.

Group transferred to user’s Google Drive

Let us know how our Group feature works for you and if you have any suggestions to improve it. Try publishing your first Leaf or Group today.

Visual Guide – Homepage and Viewing Leaves (content)

Published content is called a LEAF and you can search published leaves and from the main page.

Clicking on ‘View‘ will show you more details on a particular LEAF and allows you to ‘Open‘ or ‘Purchase‘ the leaf and have it added directly to your Google Drive.

Certain free leaves also allow other users to COLLABORATE using the ‘Add a Collab‘ feature. See this link for more information on Collaboration.


The table above summarizes the publishing options for content (Leaves) using SharingTree. The content you publish must be your original work, or you must have all required publishing and trademark rights to the content. SharingTree offers three license types when publishing content using ‘Add a Leaf‘. They are COPYRIGHTED, COLLABORATIVE or CREATIVE COMMONS as shown below.

The default option is COPYRIGHTED. Selecting COPYRIGHTED retains all your rights as the content creator. COPYRIGHTED content can be FREE ($0) or any price you select and it can only be used by others for personal use with no redistribution rights. Collaborations on COPYRIGHTED content is not possible. An author can change COPYRIGHTED published content to COLLABORATIVE or one of the CREATIVE COMMONS licenses at any time.

The second option is COLLABORATIVE. The COLLABORATIVE option is only available if you set the price to $0 (FREE). You also will see the following POP-UP warning you that you are choosing to make this content available for others to remix and share only on SharingTree (limited redistribution license). Collaborative content can be be changed to a Creative Commons license at any time or deleted. For more on Creative Commons licenses see this help article.

Collaborative License Pop-up warning

Content that is designated as COLLABORATIVE can be part of a COLLABORATION where other users are able to remix and upload a modified version for others to use on SharingTree. No other redistribution of remixed content is allowed by this license, unlike all Creative Commons licenses which allow unlimited redistribution. For the full details on the COLLABORATIVE license see https://sharingtree.link/CollaborativeLicense. This license is very similar to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) but with remixed or “Collab” distribution limited to SharingTree.

You can easily identify remixed content (leaves) by the yellow Collab Banner in upper left of a leaf’s preview image.

Collab vs Leaf Content

The quick recap is select COPYRIGHTED is you are unsure or want to charge $ for your content. You can always change COPYRIGHTS content to any other license type later. Only select COLLABORATIVE or a CREATIVE COMMONS License if you want to allow others to remix and collaborate on your work through SharingTree using the “Add a Collab” feature.

For more information on collaborations see the article “What is a Collab?“.

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