Microsoft Teams is a place where you can share class files, facilitate conversations between students, signify key moments in the year with a shared calendar, create and grade student assignments...all in the one place!
How to Begin
To create your first class Team:
These are the areas I would focus on as a nice starting point for your first Microsoft Team:
Communicate with your class through Conversations
Conversations within Teams allows you to communicate effectively and effortlessly with your class. Teams has fantastic threaded chat that tracks conversations within your class team. This is great for students who join the class at a later date, missed a class, or for anyone who wants to look back on previous conversations to gain insight into a topic for revision.
Store files and share resources with Files
This is a great area to create and collect resources to share with your classes. Files can be added locally or from cloud storage, making organisation easy.
Organising content for your class with Tabs
The ability to pin a document or a website to the top of your team is awesome. It allows you to present a specific resource as a key area of focus for your class. Persistent tabs make it very easy to quickly move between different documents and even different web-based resources without leaving Teams!
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