What is a Collab?

Collabs are free content (Leaves) published under a copyright option that allows others to “remix” and publish a modified version of the original file. This article focuses on the WHY behind collabs and then how SharingTree supports collaborations on remixable content.

As teachers, Eddie and I spent a lot of time developing custom G Suite lessons for our students alone. As we talked, we realized we wanted to build a community where teachers from around the world could collaborate and not have to create content by themselves. One day we drew out a tree diagram, like the one shown below, to model the sharing of lessons, and this image led to the name SharingTree. It is also why we call published content ‘leaves’.

Tree Diagram showing sharing of remixed content and our Original SharingTree Logo

When you publish a lesson using a remix license, you are allowing others to collaborate and share their version with our community. SharingTree will always provide the ability to charge for copyrighted content, but we also want to provide tools to make collaborating on lessons with teachers from around the world possible. The next part of this article shows how we enable collaborations on SharingTree.

How do I find remixable content?

You can search for remixable leaves using the ‘Collab’ option on the right toolbar. Anytime you ‘Open’ a free leaf on SharingTree and notice it has a ‘Collabs’ button next to it, then the leaf can be remixed.

Right search bar with “Collab” option selected to find remixable leaves
Collabs” button shows on all remixable leaves

How do I add a remixed lesson?

Clicking the ‘Collabs‘ button will take you to the bottom page where other Collab leaves based on the original are shown. Here you also have the option to add your own remix using the ‘Add a Collab‘ button.

When you click the ‘Add a Collab‘ button, you select a file from your Google Drive or Device to publish just like ‘Add a Leaf‘. The file you publish should relate to the original (extension, different format, modified grade level, etc.) and it will inherit the same copyright options. Using ‘Add a Collab‘ links your new remix to the original in the Collab section of both leaves. Your new Collab will be marked with a yellow ‘Collab‘ label to distinguish it from the original with a green ‘Leaf’ label.

Video showing linking between Original Leaf and Leaf publish using “Add a Collab”

Try ‘Add a Leaf‘ or ‘Add a Collab‘ today. 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.

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