How to use microsoft teams: a beginner's guide

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Microsoft Team is just one of the many online teaching platforms available to lớn make the remote learning process a whole lot easier.

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Not only can teachers use it khổng lồ recreate the traditional classroom thiết đặt with the use of live video clip lessons, but they can also use it to lớn store documents, giới thiệu resources, streamline their teaching workflow and create more robust collaboration with their students.

Just in case you’re not familiar with Microsoft Teams already, here’s just a quick run-through of what you can do.


Microsoft Teams Teaching Benefits


Send messages and announcements khổng lồ individual students or whole classes at onceUsing the Channels feature, teachers can create sub-categories within each team for file storage, special projects, or focused topicsConduct đoạn clip meetings using built-in Skype technology or participate in đoạn phim discussions with Flipgrid, which is also integrated right into the platform

Microsoft Teams also has assignment management tools, which allow teachers to:

create, assign, collect, and give feedback on assignmentsattach relevant files (Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote are built into the platform, so you can create with these tools and allow students to vì the same)Create, save, & use rubrics khổng lồ assess student work (the rubric builder is customisable và allows users to add written feedback & go back và adjust a score later).

Making Lessons Fun và Engaging in Teams


Okay, so you’re probably aware of the basics behind using Microsoft Teams for lessons. But bởi vì you know how khổng lồ capture students’ attention và sustain it?

Thanks khổng lồ the versatility of Teams, there are a number of ways teachers can keep things fresh & entertaining. Here are our favourite tips for boosting lesson engagement in Teams.


Record lessons to lớn be watched again later

One major feature of Teams is the ability to record lessons during live đoạn clip meetings & share them around later. This is hugely important as it allows students who may have been absent to lớn catch up, or for present students to lớn go back khổng lồ particular aspects of the lesson they may wish to review and revise.


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Not only does recording lessons enable students lớn get more out of those lessons (thus enhancing their engagement), it also ensures that absent students will be more engaged in the following lesson as they won’t feel lượt thích they’ve missed out.


Slow down và narrate your actions

It may seem to lớn easy lớn simply carry out the motions as a teacher when setting up lessons or sharing resources…like 1, 2, 3. But slowing down và narrating everything you’re doing, when you’re doing it, will work wonders for students’ engagement.

For example: “I’m now just going to mở cửa up this PowerPoint here, & I’m going lớn navigate to lớn this slide…can everybody see that? Joan, can you see that?”

Talking students through the lesson và addressing specific students by name ensures they are following và gives them the chance to lớn say when things aren’t working.


Bring the class whiteboard online with Whiteboard

Microsoft Whiteboard is a freeform digital canvas that easily replicates the blackboard or whiteboard you would use in the classroom. Keep it free-style or transform work into professional-looking charts và shapes. Whiteboard works with pen, touch and keyboard.

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Teachers can use it lớn teach concepts lượt thích they usually would, or lớn allow students to lớn collaborate và share ideas.


Make Use of app Integrations

Microsoft Teams integrates seamlessly with other apps allowing teachers khổng lồ make lessons varied and fun. This is where a large portion of Teams’ creativity comes from, as it really opens up doors in terms of delivering content to students, structuring lessons and setting tasks.

If a particular phầm mềm is used frequently by a group, teachers can add a designatd tab to a channel just for that app, so students can find it quickly.

Here are some of the most popular apps inside the Teams environment.

Kahoot!

Adding a live game of Kahoot! to lớn your virtual lesson is a great way khổng lồ help students feel more connected and build a strong team spirit.

Nearpod

Nearpod allows teachers to lớn create and share interactive lessons with their students. Nội dung can include quizzes, polls or even VR field trips, delivered in real-time khổng lồ all students in the class.

Quizlet

Quizlet is a popular revision tool for students, with millions of study sets already created by teachers và students covering thousands of popular topics. All of the Quizlet activities, such as Flashcards, Learn, Write, Spell & the Match & Gravity games will run from inside Teams.

Flipgrid

Flipgrid allows you lớn have video Questions & Answers directly in your class’ Microsoft Teams Channel, using a range of devices. Students can also respond to other students, creating full class discussions.


Mix it up with blended learning

Blended learning can be difficult lớn achieve with a remote learning set-up and may take longer to lớn produce. But remember that variety is key.

Not every lesson has khổng lồ be a standard đoạn phim chat meeting. Try mixing things up by setting a task students can vì chưng independently, and offer them the chance to join a đoạn phim meeting if they want to ask questions. Or post a conversation starter by sharing a file in a channel. Students will be able to mở cửa and read the tệp tin you’ve shared, as well as comment in the conversation.