Microsoft Teams for Education is a new platform that provides a digital hub. It allows users to communicate through conversations, store and share resources, and create and complete assignments. Microsoft Teams is a great example of how cloud-based storage can help make instructors and students more productive and efficient.
- [Instructor] Perhaps my favorite cloud-based application to use in education is Microsoft Teams which now came out with a new version for education. This is a platform that we saw several times in this course but I wanted to go over it one more time, Microsoft Teams and what it can do. First of all, you have the ability to create different teams. You can set one up for each of your courses, you can set one up for professional development or staff development, and more. Right now I'm inside of my Biology 101 course and inside of here, I can create different channels.
So, I currently have my general channel which allows me to communicate with my entire class. Right now I'm in Conversations where I can give announcements to students, I can start discussions, and more. I also have the ability to leave at mentions. For instance here if I put reply, put @, start typing a student name. I can list their name and it will alert them that they have a message that's been targeted to them. I'm going to delete that for now. Next I have the Files tab which allows me to store, organize, and share my files inside of here so that students can access them.
This is a great way to store any resources that you want your students to access from anywhere they have an internet connection. Also, Microsoft's OneNote Class Notebooks are directly tied to Microsoft Teams, so when you have a Teams account, you will automatically get Class Notebook incorporated into it. You can add your own tabs, here I added one for Nature.com, a genetics article, and another default tab here is the Assignments tab which allows you to easily create assignments, schedule them, share them with students, have the students submit them, and then you can grade them and leave feedback for the students.
It is a wonderful process that really takes advantage of cloud-based storage at its finest. Now, on the left again, I have different channels. So, I set up different groups for the debate groups here so that they could have discussions, share files, and take notes within their particular group. I also created one for a Genetics Exam Study Group and Question of the Day. So, that is Microsoft Teams and to me it's the epitome of the cloud-based features and how you can take advantage of them in education.
I highly recommend checking out our course on Microsoft Teams for Education in our library.
- The benefits of the cloud
- Communicating with students
- Sharing resources
- Assessing students
- Taking notes
- Working with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams
- Integrating a learning management system