With Real-Time Collaboration, students and teachers can use the CodeHS Sandbox IDE to work together on the same coding activity live and asynchronously! Any collaborator can save changes to the program. Collaboration is now more like a Google Doc! Owners can leave and participants can still make changes to the program as well as edit file names and add new files.
Start a Collaboration Session
To start a real-time collaboration session:
Go to the Sandbox program you'd like to collaborate on
Open the Collaborate tab in the left navigation panel
Share the link that is generated with your peers. Anyone with collaboration access will be able to make changes to the program until their access is disabled.
Remember to save as you work!
Disable Collaboration button to no longer collaborate on a program together.
When a collaborator opens the link, they'll be able to code with you on your program:
Anyone with the link will be able to continue making changes to the program at any time until you Disable the Collaboration!
To stop collaborating:
Open the Collaborate tab in the left navigation panel of the
Click Disable Collaboration. You can alway re-enable Collaboration later!
Forking a Program
If you'd like to make a copy of a program to work on in your own Sandbox, click Fork:
This will create a new copy of the program in your own Sandbox where you can continue to edit. These edits will not transfer to the original program.
Collaboration in Karel
Collaborating in a Karel program is only available when the original owner keeps the program open. Once the original program owner logs out or disables the collaboration session, the guest user will see a message at the top of the IDE: "The owner of this project has stopped collaborating. Your changes won't be saved. You may have to reload the page."
To begin a collaboration session in a Karel program, click the Share button at the top of the code editor, click into the Collaborate tab, and then share the collaboration link with others.
Collaborating with Karel looks like this:
Collaboration Chat (Beta)
Teachers can enable Collaborate Chat for their students to chat with each other while collaborating in the Sandbox.
Check out this article for more info: Collaboration Chat
Students unable to email or send links to each other
If students aren't able to directly email or otherwise send links to each other, you can use this sheet to collect and distribute program links - feel free to make a copy for use with your class!
Collaboration is not available in programs using block coding.
Still have questions? Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!