One of the most powerful uses for Microsoft Teams is utilizing it as a way to save and share files and resources with students or team members. Files saved in Microsoft Teams are available in the cloud and can be accessed from most devices from anywhere you have an internet connection.
- [Instructor] One of the key benefits of a program like Microsoft Teams is the ability to store all of your files in the cloud so that you and your students can access them on your devices anytime that you have an internet connection. In today's age with smartphones and WiFi, this is pretty much all the time. Now use this opportunity to upload important resources for your class such as a syllabus, forms, or other course information, content resources which students can access to complete assignments. You can include assignments that you've created inside of Teams, rubrics, and more.
Now within a course, you're going to have your different channels. So we just took a look at how to create a course and I created my 21st Century Communications course. The channel that will appear in there by default is the general channel. And if you're on that channel, you'll have these different tabs up at the top. One of them is for files and if I click on here, you'll notice right now that I don't yet have any files and that's because we just created the course, haven't added any yet. So if we want to add them, we can do so by going up to these different icons up at the top.
First if I click on New, I can begin creating my own resources using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. So that's extremely convenient. Also I can upload things. So if I have something that I've already created, I can go to Upload and let's say for instance on my desktop I want to share these classroom starters. I'll click Open. It's uploading those files and saving them now to this file library inside of our 21st Century Communications team.
So these will be files that everyone who is part of this team will be able to access. You'll notice on the right if I click on the three dots icon, I get several different things I can do here. I can edit it in Teams, open it in Word, open it in SharePoint, download it, rename it, get a link for it and more. So there's a lot that you can do with it. Now let's go take a look at a course that has already been developed. If I navigate to this biology course and then the general channel, up at the top I have these different tabs. There's some additional ones here that were added in, but I want to click on Files.
Now here you can see that there are a plethora of files that have been added by this instructor. So here you have an oceans paper, homework, PowerPoint, photosynthesis sway, many different files that are available here to any students or instructors who are part of this course. So I highly suggest that you utilize your file libraries inside of your Microsoft Teams so that you can share resources and content that instructors and students can access from anywhere they have an internet connection.
- Overview of Microsoft Office 365 for educators
- Creating effective and engaging presentations in PowerPoint
- Recording presentations for flipped classes
- Creating tutorials and flipped classes with Sway
- Tracking student progress with Excel
- Creating visual representations of data in Word
- Sharing resources with OneDrive
- Creating class notebooks with OneNote
- Communicating and collaborating with Microsoft Teams