The “Add a Leaf” button on the top toolbar allows you to publish content in your Google Drive or Device to SharingTree. Start by clicking the ‘Add a Leaf‘ button and then follow the steps below. Publishing should only take a few minutes and be sure you have the right to publish the content.
Once you click ‘Add a Leaf’ you will search your Google Drive to locate the file to share.
One important choice is the type of COPYRIGHT to apply to your document. See our copyright guide to help you decide. Copyrighted content can always be converted to Collaborative or Creative Commons later. You can also revise most information later by going to Leaves -> Published. The exception is you can not change Creative Commons or Collaborative content you publish to Copyrighted later. The last page you will see for ‘Add a Leaf’ is below.
This page lets you click the link to view your published leaf. You can also change any information or add a custom image using Leaves -> Published or selecting Manage leaf.
Thanks for learning how to use ‘Add a Leaf‘ to share content with the world directly from G Suite. Please let us know if you have any ideas to improve collaborating from G Suite using firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expectations placed on teachers are increasing quickly, and I’m not sure any of us can meet them by ourselves. Eddie and I built SharingTree.net to help teachers share, collaborate, and inspire each other. Not just the teachers you see in video meetings but also teachers from around the WORLD. In this article, we show ways to share your curriculum using Google and SharingTree and the benefits of each service.
1. Provides a URL
This is the most basic function for both services, and they both offer similar capabilities.
To share any file or folder in your Google Drive you can follow this three-step process.
Step 1 – Right click and select ‘Share’ on file or folder
Step 2. Select your sharing options. For public sharing choose ‘Anyone with the link’ and ‘Viewer’.
Step 3. Copy the link and share.
Sharing a file on Sharingtree requires the following:
Go to SharingTree.net, select ‘Add a leaf’, then select the file to share in your Google Drive. You must be signed in share.
Add tags, a description and choose copyright type
Copy the link for for your Leaf and share anywhere. We call shared content Leaves.
SharingTree allows you to share ANY file in your Google Drive through our website, SharingTree.net. Just click the ‘Add a leaf’ button shown below.
To use ‘Add a leaf’ you must be signed in, find/select the file in your Google Drive, complete the tagging process, and then copy the URL. See the short video below on this process.
The last step once a leaf is published it to copy the link (from URL or share icon) and use your link as normal on FB, Twitter, email, etc.
2-6. These steps take some extra time for publishers but it protects your files and allows users to easily find them.
Here our service starts to show its benefits over Google Drive. It will take about 1 minute to share your content on SharingTree since you are adding tags and a description.
Google does not provide these options, with the exception that Google does generate preview images for Slides and Drawing files.
The major benefits for items 2-6 are the following:
1. No more File -> Make a copy for users accessing your shared file or trying to find copied files in your Google Drive. All shared files are added to your Google Drive when you ‘Open’ a Leaf or Group. For a Group we transfer all the files to a folder in your Google Drive so you can easily find and edit them.
2. Users can search the WEB or SharingTree.net to find your content. If you have ever tried to search for ‘Google Docs’ you know it is an uphill battle. The option to share a Google file with ‘Anyone with the link’ provides limited ways for people to find your file on the web.
3. SharingTree provides a permanent backup of all your Open/Purchased/Published files. SharingTree protects your files by making a separate copy and never sharing them from your Google drive.
If you have ever clicked an older link and seen Google’s “Page not found” message, it just means the file is not shared anymore. This error can happen for many reasons, but as teachers, we should not consider our district Gmail accounts as permanent. If you ever switch jobs, then all of your files may not switch with you unless you share them using SharingTree!
You can also go SharingTree.net Account section (☰) and Get/Open any of the contentyou have opened, purchased, or published. I find it faster to go to SharingTree to locate my final version of shared files than my personal Google Drive. Publishers can also revise their shared content to an updated version at any time.
These services are only provided by SharingTree.net for FREE content with a ‘remix’ license type. Remix licenses include SharingTree’s ‘Collaborative’ license (like a CC-BY-NC-SA but with redistribution through SharingTree.net only) and Creative Commons licenses without ND (no derivatives).
Examples of a ‘Collab’ could be a user translating the original file to a different language, adapting the content from secondary to elementary, or switching the format from Google Docs to Slides or Forms. We hope we have piqued your interest and try ‘Add a leaf’ or ‘Add a collab’ today!
9. Allow PAID($) content sharing for copyrighted content
This option could be a game changer if you want to share PAID content you create. You can share individual files as Leaves or collections of files as a Group. Both options allow users to pay for the content using Paypal or Venmo (mobile only) and then have the files added directly to their Google Drive. PAID content must be copyrighted and “remixing” using Collabs is not allowed.
If you have any questions about sharing or collaborating using SharingTree just let us know at email@example.com.
SharingTree makes sharing and collaborating on G Suite files simple. In this article, we will show you how to sign-in, open, and share all in under five minutes. You can browse all Leaves, Groups, and blog articles without signing in, but when you try to open or share content, you will encounter a pop-up to “Sign in with Google“.
Signing Into SharingTree
Google requires SharingTree to ask permission to See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files. This permission request needs an explanation. We do need to see and create files in your Google Drive, but we do not use the ability to edit or delete any files. Unfortunately, Google bundles all these permissions. This leaves you with two options to use our service. Option one is to click the “Allow” button. The other option, is to use a secondary Gmail account that only connects to services like ours and then click the “Allow” button. Once the files are in your secondary Google Drive account, you can easily share them with your primary account.
After signing in, your Google account icon appears in the top right and you will be auto-logged in unless you sign out.
Adding Content to your Google Drive
To add any content on our site to your Google Drive (Leaves or Groups), press the “Open” or “Purchase” button depending on if the content is free or not.
G Suite files open ready to edit and other files can be downloaded or organized in your Google Drive using the three dots (⋮) menu option.
The process of Opening a Group is similar except the files open in a Google Drive folder. On a Mobile Device, you will need the Google Drive app to view this folder.
Another option when you sign-in is the ability to quickly share any content in your Google Drive or Device using “Add a Leaf“. We call shared files Leaves.
Content that is published to SharingTree is called a Leaf. Any file in your Google Drive or on an electronic device can be published in minutes using our service. You can choose to publish your original content for free or charge any price. Users then use Paypal for paid content or just OPEN the leaf to have it transferred directly to their Google Drive. Publishers can also add a title, tags, and a description to help others find their content. For education resources, the grade level and standards can also be entered. Leaves looks like the following in SharingTree:
For Leaves you have published you can also revise any information and add different preview images to it by going to Leaves -> Published
You also have the option to delete any content you have published using the Trash can or Remove options.
If you would like us to add additional features let us know by going to Account -> Contact
A Group is a collection of content from one person. They can include leaves (shared files), images, and links to YouTube videos. Groups are easily recognized in SharingTree by their blue Group banner in the upper left corner.
Purchasing or opening a Group creates a folder in your Google Drive with all the shared files called Leaves copied inside in one simple click!
Editable content can then be customized for your personal use. We also include a Google sheet in the Group folder with links to all the images and YouTube videos. Groups can be offered at a discount compared to purchasing the individual Leaves and you also qualify for free updates or additions to any content in the group. Check out shared “Groups” by going to the right toolbar on the desktop or clicking the three dots ( ⋮ ) icon on mobile .
And all of this works identically on your phone as long as you have Google Drive app installed (see link below).