This project, code-named 'Pasteboard,' is a tool to help k-12 teachers remix content from the Web while creating their class materials. We are particularly interested in addressing these problems (from the POV of a teacher):
- Tracking and giving attribution to sources in my documents is cumbersome and time-consuming.
- When someone shares a document with me, it takes time and effort to make it fit my needs, because it comes decoupled from research links.
- When I re-edit a document a year later, it's hard to recall/find all the relevant research links I originally found when I wrote the document.
Currently an early experiment.
Pasteboard is not ready for most people to try out. However, there are still may ways to participate:
- If you're a teacher, we would welcome your input and would like to learn about how Pasteboard might (or might not) fit your workflow.
- If you're a developer, check out our code, implement a new feature, or let us know how you might do things differently (by submitting a patch!).
- If you're a designer, check out our designs, let us know how you might improve them.
No matter who you are, though, feel free to learn more about the work we're doing and don't hesitate to reach out or join our discussions if you're interested. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Join us in any of these ways:
- on IRC at irc.freenode.net, #cc
- on our products mailing list
- by tuning in to our short weekly product meetings
In our user research, we gathered valuable information about how teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area ("Silicon Valley") prepare and use resources, particularly digital ones. We held qualitative, 1x1 interviews, some in context (at a school). We gathered insights, jobs to be done, and constraints as well as information on workflows, tools, etc.
For more information, see the detailed /UserResearch page.
Our solution is a tool that allows teachers to clip portions of webpages and reassemble them into documents (currently using Google Docs), while keeping track of the sources both to be used as references, as well as for later editing (e.g. next year, or by another teacher). This storyboard has a good overview of how we envision the tool being used: