Note: The interface described in this article was released on 1/19/2017.


In NoodleTools, when you share a project with a teacher's inbox, you can send comments to and respond to questions from that teacher. Likewise, if you've added students as collaborators on the project, you can read and respond to their comments. Note that if no student collaborators have been added and the project has not been shared with an inbox, you will not see the commenting features described below.


Comments are permanently added to the project and cannot be deleted, so be responsible with what you choose to say!


How to send or respond to a general question or comment


The Recent comments area at the bottom of your project's Dashboard screen (below the "To-do" section) displays all comments written in your project to date. If you just want to write or respond to a general project comment (a comment that is not specific to a particular source or notecard), this is where to do that. Enter your comment under "General project comments" and click Send.


To post a new question or comment specifically about a source or notecard, see sections below "How to send or respond to a comment about a source," and "How to send or respond to a comment about a notecard." 



If a teacher or collaborator responds, the To-do/Done toggle at the top-right will say "To-do" to alert you to the new comment. 



If you enter a response and click Send, "To-do" will automatically change to "Done." Alternatively, if you don't feel a written response is necessary, you can just click the red "To-do" toggle and it will change to "Done" (and also automatically add a "Status: done" note to the comment thread, to let your teacher know you read and addressed it).




How to send or respond to a comment about a source


If your comment or question is about a specific source citation, open the Sources screen. Comments are displayed by default, but if you need to hide them for the current session, you can click "Show/hide all comments."



Enter your question or comment directly below the source citation. Your teacher or your student collaborators will be able to view and respond to your comment if necessary.



When a teacher or collaborator writes a source comment, or responds to yours, you'll see their feedback in a different color and the To-do/Done toggle at the top-right will say "To-do" to alert you to the new comment.



If you enter a response and click Send, "To-do" will automatically change to "Done." Alternatively, if you don't feel a written response is necessary, you can just click the red "To-do" toggle and it will change to "Done" (and also automatically add a "Status: done" note to the comment thread, to let your teacher know you read and addressed it).



When new comments are added to your sources, they also appear in two other places:

  1. On the Dashboard screen in the Recent comments section, under "Citations and notecards." 
  2. On the To-Do/Active Conversations panel (see "How to view a complete list of active conversations (your to-do's)" below).



How to send or respond to a comment about a notecard


Comments on notecards can be viewed and written either on the Sources screen or the Notecards screen (on the Details view). On the Sources screen, notecards are organized by source, whereas on the Notecard Details screen, notecards are organized by notecard pile. Based on that, you can decide which screen to use for viewing the notecard comments.


For this tutorial, we'll look at them from the Notecard Details screen. You can click the "Details" button for a specific notecard on the Tabletop, or just click the orange "Tabletop/Details" toggle to switch over to the Details view.



Comments are displayed by default, but if you need to hide them for the current session, you can click "Show/hide all comments."



Enter your question or comment directly below the notecard. Your teacher or your student collaborators will be able to view and respond to your comment if necessary.



When a teacher or collaborator writes a notecard comment, or responds to yours, you'll see their feedback in a different color and the To-do/Done toggle at the top-right will say "To-do" to alert you to the new comment.



If you enter a response and click Send, "To-do" will automatically change to "Done." Alternatively, if you don't feel a written response is necessary, you can just click the red "To-do" toggle and it will change to "Done" (and also automatically add a "Status: done" note to the comment thread, to let your teacher know you read and addressed it).


When new comments are added to your notecards, they also appear in two other places:

  1. On the Dashboard screen in the Recent comments section, under "Citations and notecards." 
  2. On the To-Do/Active Conversations panel (see "How to view a complete list of active conversations (your to-do's)" below).



A note about required responses


If you click the "To-do" toggle and a red message is displayed (see below), it means that your teacher would like you to write out a response and click Send, not just mark it done.




How to view a complete list of active conversations (your to-do's)


On the Projects screen, click on a project to open it. The project's Dashboard will open. Click the comments button to the left of the My Account button and a To-Do / Active Conversations panel will appear. Think of this panel as your to-do list -- comments that your teacher(s) or collaborator(s) have written on the project and expect you to read.



The panel displays all items that have conversations in the "To-do" state. In the screenshot above, there are comments on two citations that need your attention. Click on a source and its comment thread will display. 



You have three options: 

  1. View source - Click this button to navigate to the Sources screen where you can view the source citation. Then you can either write a response directly on the Sources screen under the citation, or click Respond in this panel to respond there. 
  2. Mark as done - If you don't feel a written response is necessary, mark it done to remove it from your to-do's and let your teacher or collaborator know that you have viewed the comment.
  3. Respond - Click this button to respond within the panel, if you prefer. 


Once you click "Mark as done" or "Respond > Send," the item moves from the "To-do" state to the "Done" state, which means you will no longer see it in the To-Do/Active Conversations panel. Of course, you can always view the comment threads for each source citation and notecard directly on the Sources and Notecard Details screens (and general comments are found on the Dashboard under Recent comments).