Using Microsoft Teams For Teaching

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When shifting to remote learning, school districts look for solutions that enable them to create secure virtual classrooms, streamline collaboration and communicate effectively online. In this recorded webinar and demo, learn about the Microsoft Teams features that help students, teachers and staff work seamlessly together — even outside school walls — and how CDW•G can help schools take the next steps in their remote learning journey.

Deploying Microsoft Teams involves more than just having the right tools. Learn more about how you can get started here.

To access Microsoft Teams for Education, click Sign In and enter the email address and password provided by your school. If your school is already signed up for Office 365 for Education and has turned on access to Microsoft Teams, or if your school is an accredited academic institution, you’ll be able to sign in or sign up. There are multiple courses on how to use Microsoft Teams, but what about how to teach with Teams? Knowledge of learning theories, strategies, activities, engagement and safeguarding all need careful consideration when adapting Teams from its original use as a business platform and applying it in an educational environment. Microsoft Teams is a digital hub educators can use to create remote learning experiences that meet the diverse needs of their students. With Microsoft Teams, educators can set up online classrooms and virtual meetings, as well as integrate its features to existing learning management systems and meeting platforms. Jun 01, 2020 It’s a good practice to create Teams for online teaching. Head over to the bottom left of the page on the Teams tab to Join or Create a New Team. Give the Team a name and add your students by typing in their names or emails. Now, your Team appears on your homepage.

Participants

    Lorena Mora, Education Technical Specialist, Microsoft

    Adam Rummelhart, Learning Consultant, Microsoft

    Gabriel Adler, Software Sales Manager, Public Sector, CDW

    Brandon Pierce, Practice Architect, Software Solutions, CDW

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Video Highlights

  • Digital transformation in education involves thinking about how technology empowers students to take ownership of their learning, which is even more crucial in a remote learning environment.
  • Microsoft Teams is a digital hub educators can use to create remote learning experiences that meet the diverse needs of their students.
  • With Microsoft Teams, educators can set up online classrooms and virtual meetings, as well as integrate its features to existing learning management systems and meeting platforms.

Teachers are on the frontlines of enabling the sudden shift to remote learning. Within a matter of weeks, educators have had to quickly adapt their engaging, aligned, in-person lessons into online learning for their students. This incredible change has shed light on the inspiring ingenuity, passion, and commitment of those who support our communities.

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What we hear from educators is that they need to be able to transition to remote learning quickly, to connect in a community to share best practices, and to learn from each other.

Using Microsoft Teams For Teaching

Based on feedback from our Remote Learning Educator Community, we’ve outlined five ways to help you get the most out of Microsoft Teams, a digital hub for communication and collaboration, during remote learning:

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  1. Connection and collaboration: Use the Teams built-in meetings features to effectively hold classroom meetings, collaborate on virtual whiteboards, and share documents. With assignments, conversations, files, notes, and video calls all pulled together, Teams is a great all-in-one hub for the collaborative classroom. Here is a great Teams for Education Quick Start Guide, and we have new updates rolling out regularly with improvements that have been inspired by educators.

  2. Inclusion: In order to ensure learners of all abilities are included, understanding which tools and technologies improve accessibility and foster an inclusive classroom becomes critical. With built-in capabilities like the Immersive Reader, message translation, and Live Captions for meetings, Teams is a non-stigmatizing platform.

  3. Meaningful feedback with rubrics: An important part of remote learning is good teaching practice. Teams Assignments have built-in rubrics. Rubric grading helps increase assignment transparency for students and allows you to give more meaningful feedback. These feedback mechanisms not only help students learn and improve their work, but they’re also a consistent and transparent way for teachers to grade. This has been an incredibly popular feature with both educators and students, and with rubrics now easily sharable, we have seen this practice take off in Teams.

  4. Staff and learning communities: Saving time, being more organized, and collaborating more effectively during remote learning is critical. With Teams being a hub for education, a core part of this also includes built-in Staff teams and Professional Learning Community (PLC) teams to go along with Class Teams. This provides a one-stop shop for educators. Staff Teams and PLC teams allow educators and staff to easily communicate and collaborate during remote learning. We’ve seen many three-ring binders tossed with the paperless use of Staff and PLC teams in schools.

  5. OneNote Class Notebooks, built into Teams: OneNote is a multifaceted note-taking tool that is built into Teams and can be used for a variety of lessons and activities. With OneNote Class Notebooks, you have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. You can also embed all sorts of interactive apps, lessons, and content onto the OneNote page. Especially with remote learning, paper notes and handouts are difficult to work with, and having a digital notebook for the class is a natural fit.


Using Microsoft Teams For Teaching

Remote learning is a journey for all of us, and we are grateful to the diligence and creativity of educators during this time. Please visit our Remote Learning Page (higher education here) and (K-12 here) for all of our resources. Thank you for all you have done for students around the world. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you.

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