Get Started with Microsoft Teams
Use Teams to connect with your students. Teams provides simple solutions for video conferencing, screen sharing, file sharing, custom backgrounds, and Together mode. In Teams, you can chat and meet with students, as well as collaborate with colleagues. Let’s get started!
Using Teams’ New Breakout Room Feature
Use breakout rooms to break students into small groups during class meetings. You can open and close rooms more than once during a session or move participants between rooms. Only meeting organizers using the desktop versions of Teams can create and manage breakout rooms.
New to Teams? Get Started Here
Microsoft Teams is the digital hub that teachers and school leaders need. It brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place, streamlining workflow for administrators and allowing teachers to create vibrant, personalized learning environments. With Teams, you can create collaborative classrooms, personalize learning with assignments, connect with colleagues in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and streamline staff communication. Teams supports teacher-to-teacher collaboration as well as class collaboration and communication. In short, it is the one tool that can help with educators’ administrative and classroom tasks, saving teachers time and teaching students future ready skills. Let’s get started!
Using a Pointer During a Class Teams Meeting
When you use an iPad to present to students during a class Teams meeting, you don’t have the advantage of using a mouse pointer to guide students through your presentation as you would on a laptop. You can, however, use an accessibility option to not only mimic a mouse pointer, but also have quick access to shortcuts that come in handy in the middle of a presentation.
Create a Simple Link to a Class Teams Meeting
Creating a link directly to a Teams meeting, and then placing this link in a Schoology course, provides a simple way for students to join your live class meeting.
Inviting Students or Educators to a Team
Need to add new students, co-teachers, or staff members to a team at your school? Create a link or code so they can join your team in just a couple of easy steps.
Taking Attendance in a Class Teams Meeting
Learn how to track attendance in your class Teams meetings. Jimmy Stewart shows you how simple it is to stay oh-so-organized.
Please note, this is for your own purposes only. Tracking attendance in a Teams meeting does not interface with Schoology Attendance and is not required by Wood County Schools.
Experiencing Video-Call Fatigue? Use Together Mode
“We’re social creatures, and the social and spatial awareness systems in the brain can finally function more naturally” within Together mode, Lanier says.”
“Scientists began studying problems with eye contact – or gaze misalignment – in earnest in the 1960s, and Lanier has been working to improve that element of video conferencing since the analog days of the 1970s. Yet while the technology has grown more robust and stable over the decades, there had been no real improvements to the human experience that were viable for widespread use. Together mode uses cloud computing instead of the specialized cameras and screens that used to be needed to make video calls better.”
Using an iPad as a Document Camera and Whiteboard on Teams
Missing your smart board and document camera? With our students learning remotely, how can we recreate our classroom setting to best reach our students?
Setup Your Teams Meeting Using Schoology
During the pandemic, we all feel the need to prepare for those what-if situations. Should Wood County Schools need to go to remote-only instruction, we want to help you get ready for connecting with your students. In this video, Eric Murphy shows you a simple way to setup Teams meetings in Schoology.
WCS has discontinued the Schoology/Teams integration. Please create Team meetings directly in the Teams app and then copy the meeting link directly into your Schoology course.
Setting Up Roles in a Teams Meeting
Concerned about a student recording your Teams meeting? Do you have a student who keeps muting another student? Learn how to change the user role from Presenter to Attendee.
Microsoft Teams allows for two roles to choose from when setting up an online meeting. The two roles are Presenter and Attendee. In most situations, you would want to assign your students the attendee role. Students can be changed to a presenter role, on-the-fly, during a meeting should they want to share their screen. Learn more in this blog post.
Mute Student Comments in a Class Team
Learn how to mute students as well as how to delete an inappropriate comment (redirects to a Microsoft webpage).
Transform Learning with Microsoft Teams – Online Course – 1 Hour
Learn about Microsoft Teams and how it can be used in classrooms and schools. This self-pace, online course should take around one hour to complete.
Want to jump right in there?
Check out the Teams Awesome Quick Start Guide.
Need a little more guidance to get started?
Watch an on-demand webinar and learn how to get started with Teams.
Teams Introduction for Educators and Staff
Duration: 60 Minutes
Microsoft Teams Video Training
This video training takes you one step at a time through every feature of Teams. Learn at your own pace.