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Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Getting started with microsoft teams webinar

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

YouTube video
YouTube video

Microsoft Teams is the perfect way for O365 users to interact with their students. In this webinar series with Adam Grocott we look at what you can do with Microsoft Teams and how to create assignments.


Go to teams.office.com or install the desktop app for teams.

Microsoft Teams teams

Your class is a team, I love this idea! We learn TOGETHER!

Your Microsoft Team is your class

Teams does so much, I can’t really reduce it down to this tiny list, but here are some main points.

You create a Class Team if you want to have assignments capabilities. You use one of the other kinds of Teams if you’re looking to interact with a group of people without assigning and grading.

It is easy to add students to your team. Either type their name or give them the class code. OR your IT people may preload your Team with students.

My favorite part of Teams is the channels. Teams has a default “General” channel but you can and should add more!

Click on the 3 dots next to the Team name and choose “Add channel.” Make a channel for every unit. A channel for every project. A channel for every small group.

Unlike other types of Teams, a Class Team has a “Class Materials” folder under the Files tab. It allows you to add your syllabus and other view only files. Files outside of the class materials folder are collaborative with the class. I love that.

Find the Assignments tab along the top of the General channel (or on the left sidebar is an Assignments icon) to assign students work.

Assignments tab on the general channel

Add resources and documents to your assignment.

Assign to multiple classes, assign to only a select number of students, set a due date and time. And of course, add some points and a rubric if you like.

The paradigm shift is you can access student work before they submit it. This changes our role to giving formative feedback during the learning process, not at the end.

Locate student work by clicking on Assignments on the left hand side of Teams. Click on the assignment stripe to open the work.

You are taken to a roster of your students and their status on the assignment. Teams lets you know if a student has viewed the assignment or “Not turned in” really means “Never opened.”

Click on the student status to provide feedback. If before they have turned in, you can leave notes in the document. If after turned in you can give overall feedback and a score right in the sidebar.

Returning is an essential part of Microsoft Teams. It releases their score and shifts their status to the “Graded” tab and gets it out of your way.

The Activity Bell in Teams notifies the student that work has been returned to them.

They can find their score and feedback quickly and easily this way.

Technology allows us to rethink why we do things. Do something, turn it in, get points and move on can be improved on. When we give feedback we want students to respond to the feedback and show that they learned from the feedback. Students can “Turn in again” if they make updates.

We also covered rubrics, adding tabs to a channel, and collaborating with the class in the webinar.

Microsoft Webinars

If you want to learn more about MicrosoftEDU check out my schedule of upcoming webinars, the playlist of videos for past webinars, and more videos on helping you with Teams and O365.

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