When you open a project from the Projects screen, the Dashboard screen opens. The Dashboard includes a place to keep track of your research question and thesis statement, access to a 30-day project history, information detailing who the project is shared with, a to-do list, and a place to leave comments.

The Dashboard screen has three main sections: Project details, Sharing and collaboration, To-do list.  If you are sharing your project with your teacher or collaborating on the project with your teammates, you will see a fourth section, Recent comments where you can view comments from your teacher and/or teammates.

Project details

Research question: After you have done some initial investigation and focused your research topic, express the topic in the form of a research question. 

Thesis / Main claim / Hypothesis: Formulate a thesis statement that answers the research question. This sentence states your main idea precisely and succinctly. Your thesis will guide your extraction of evidence and ideas for your notes, the structure of your outline, and your final presentation. 

History: The “30-day log of work done on this project” displays the date and time that source references, notecards, and outline topics were created, edited, and deleted, as well as a variety of other events. You can also view the date and time the project was created and last modified.

Paper: Click “Start paper” to create a new document in your Google/Office 365 account and link it to this project for easy access and sharing. If there is already a document linked, click the link “Open in [Google Docs/Office 365]” to reopen it, or “Unlink” to break the link between the existing document and the project (allowing you to start and link a different document instead). To use this feature, you will need to specify your Google or Office 365 ID in your user profile. 

Links:  After you share your project with the teacher, you may see links related to the project, e.g. a calendar, an assignment sheet, a pathfinder, blog, wiki, etc.

Sharing and collaboration


Public view: By default, no public access to your project is permitted. However, there are scenarios where you may want to set up partial or full public access (enabling other researchers to view your sources as examples, or permitting them to copy a template of the project into their own accounts). Click the question mark icon for more information.

Sharing: You can share your project with one or more teachers through a project inbox. See “How to share your project with the teacher."

Student collaboration: If you are working with classmates on a project, this area allows you to give them different types of access. Another students can be a full collaborator (equal access to the project as yourself) or a peer-reviewer (read-only access, with the ability to write comments). If you will be working together on a Google Doc, be sure that all collaborators have their Google IDs specified in their user profiles.

To do list

The to do list enables you to keep track of tasks, assignments and project milestones. If you are collaborating with other students, this is a shared to do list.

NOTE: When you initially add a new item to the list, it will appear at the top. Reload the Dashboard screen to sort the items by due date.

Recent comments

The Recent comments area at the bottom of your project's Dashboard screen (below the "To-do list" section) displays all comments that have been written in your project to date. Learn more about using comments in NoodleTools in "How to write and respond to project comments (the basics)." 


Teachers, see: "How to comment on projects shared with your assignment inbox."