Add a File to a Microsoft Teams Assignment
When creating assignments in Microsoft Teams you can add a file, such as PowerPoint. No kidding you’re thinking. BUT WAIT! Here is a feature I have always wanted, I can add a blank file from scratch!
When creating an assignment, click on “Create resources” underneath the instructions box.
It’s subtle, but when you choose “New file” you’re not just adding a new attachment… It’s a NEW DOCUMENT!!!!!!!
To help create independent learners I am a big supporter of posting the directions for every assignment, digital or not. Select PowerPoint or Word.
Name the File DIRECTIONS
It is my habit of starting the file name with capital letters DIRECTIONS. I don’t want to be ambiguous… open this file kids to see what you’re supposed to be doing.
Students Can’t Edit
Unfortunately, the default for adding a file is “Students edit their own copy.” I’m a big fan of NOT assigning myself digital piles of paperwork. In fact, I want an individual copy per student 20% of the time OR LESS. Click on the 3 dots on the file stripe and change to “Students can’t edit.”
Click on the Title
Click on the document title to launch the blank PowerPoint (or Word or Excel) to edit the document. Create your directions.