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Joining a virtual class in Teams

Before joining a class, Teams will show you the ‘pre-join’ settings. These allow you to turn your camera on or off, choose what audio you want to use during your class and if you have your camera turned on, you can set a background filter – an image or blur – to hide what’s behind you.

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Schedule a virtual class in Teams

You can schedule virtual classes to replace your in-person teaching through your calendar, either in Outlook or in Teams itself. When you invite your students to the virtual lesson they will receive an email invitation including the link to join the lesson. As it’s in their calendar they will, by default, receive a reminder 15-minutes before the lesson is due to begin.

You can also schedule these lessons to also appear in your class Team, in whatever channel you choose. This guide shows you how to schedule your class in your calendar through Teams. View it here or download it to serve as a reminder or to share with your colleagues.

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A student and teacher’s guide to Teams

These two one page guides – one for students and one for teachers – gives you an overview of Microsoft Teams, whether you’re using it in a browser or in the Teams app itself.

You can view these guides in the browser or download them to share with students or your colleagues.

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Options available during a live class

During a live class delivered as a Teams meeting, teachers and students can use and make changes to their settings using the toolbar or from the More actions menu.

This guide explains the options available to you. Some are only available to the meeting organiser, usually the teacher however most options, especially on the toolbar are available to everyone.

Got any questions? Ask them in the comments below.

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Using Teams for remote learning

As students in the UK return to school after the Christmas break, many students will be returning to remote learning. Many schools started using Microsoft 365 for staying in touch with their students and setting work. As a teacher, if you need some help and support then Microsoft have a large amount of videos and written materials to help you get the most from Microsoft 365 and Teams.

Here are my suggestions for helping you get up to speed (and up to date since there have been many updates to Teams itself since the lockdown in early 2020:

Transform Learning with Microsoft Teams

This one hour course contains the following information:

  • Understand what Microsoft Teams is and how it can be used in classrooms and schools
  • Understand the different types of Teams
  • Learn how to create a Team and channels within a Team, including private channels
  • Learn how to navigate within a Team and manage the Team’s permissions
  • Learn how to upload/create Files, start and reply to conversations, and post announcements
  • Learn how to use the built-in OneNote notebook as well as add additional apps that can be used in Teams
  • Learn how to create an assignment and Form within Teams

Making the most of Teams in the classroom

This one hour course takes you through:

  • Looking from an educational point of view at some of the features of Teams
  • Taking a closer look at how Microsoft Teams can work in the classroom
  • Looking at some of the best practices for using Teams with students for powerful teaching and learning.

Keeping students engaged: Building a strong student/teacher connections in a remote learning environment

Learning objectives

  1. Learn about the types of teams you will need in your remote learning experience and how to create them; learn about starting a Teams call, tips for managing the call, and recording it for later review
  2. Examine varied methods for creating pre-recorded lessons
  3. Learn how to use Stream to manage and share your videos with students
  4. Evaluate the types of assessment available in remote learning and how Assignments and Grades in Teams support your review process
  5. Learn how OneNote Class Notebook can enhance your they way you share resources with students as well as evaluate their understanding
  6. Explore how Flipgrid allows you to stay connected with your students asynchronously

If you have any questions or comments about using Microsoft Teams or Office 365 then let me know in the comments.