Microsoft Teams as a Power User
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Discovering how to Use Microsoft Teams like a Power User
As a response to the emergency teaching requirements of the COVID pandemic response in March of 2019, Microsoft Corporation ramped up the features of their business communication platform called Microsoft Teams. Also, by listening to and implementing educational specific needs, Microsoft has developed Teams into a likely mechanism for including students wherever they may be located.
As a specials teacher, you are familiar with working with individual students providing further understanding for your content area. Integrating Teams into an online learning presence may present obstacles to the teacher looking to offer multiple paths for students to engage with their material.
This mini-course will cover the history, tips, and tricks to consider, for using Microsoft Teams within a specials curriculum like a pro. While it will not cover a specific class structure, the information presented will allow you to modify it as needed with the end goal of providing learning support for students that are face-to-face, hybrid, or virtually enrolled in your class.
You will LEARN about what Microsoft Teams is, CREATE a classroom presence that supports face-to-face and virtual students, and UNDERSTAND how to use Teams as a power user, learning tips and tricks to increase your productivity.
Microsoft Teams is not a new product, but there’s still a bit of confusion about what it is and how it can promote educational productivity. Microsoft Teams is a robust application designed to enhance teamwork through collaboration, accountability, and communication. Unlike other Office productivity applications that have a legacy to preserve and millions of users to consider, Microsoft Teams has origins with the modern workplace in mind. Unfortunately, this concept also means that Microsoft Teams introduces a usage behavior that many – especially those used to email communications only – might find difficult to incorporate into their classroom environment.
The learner must have access to the following:
- Microsoft Office 365
- Microsoft Teams
- YouTube - for watching included videos full size with transcriptions when available
This course demonstrates a method to understand the Microsoft Teams workflow for your classroom situation.
For deciding if this is the right course for you, please consider the following course requirements:
- School district-level adoption of the Office 365 product line
- Teacher (Teams calls this Owner membership) level access to Microsoft Teams
- Some prior experience with using this application "platform"
- A need to expand on your current level of understanding with Teams
- Enthusiasm for applying what you learn
- And time to tryout the many features and options explored in this mini-course
Completion of this course will support your understanding of:
- What is Microsoft Teams as a teaching support application and platform
- Methods to include Teams for extending your class content online
- Better understand the various options and features available for your consideration and use
- Implement a variety of feedback styles for your class and individual students within Teams
- Provide an after course connection with a learning community of other teachers using Teams
Anatomy of the Course Pages
Every page of this course will use this layout schema. Starting at the top of the page moving down to the bottom navigation for progressing through the course.
- Course Quick Jump: Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 - for visiting any Unit quickly
- Unit Number and Unit Title of the current content area
- You Are Here: Navigation with Estimated Completion Time for the current Unit
- 💡 - Learning Objectives
- 🔑 - Key Idea to consider
- Unit LEARNING Material
- 👍 - Check for Understanding
- YouTube Resources - are available to further support your understanding of the many options, features or components of using Teams.
- 🏴☠️ - Teach like a space-ninja Pirate [ or ] 💭 - 5 W's and How
- Course Navigation: Unit Back | Next Unit for moving through the current Unit content
This mini-course includes the following learning units. Click the title of a unit to go to that page.
Unit 1: A History about Microsoft Teams
Now that school districts have embraced remote learning in some fashion (100% virtual, Hybrid, and in building face-to-face teaching), Microsoft Teams is no longer the new kid on the block. Included with this Unit are a background of where Teams started, a discussion of what it is, the update frequency from Microsoft, and what you will not be able to accomplish just yet. Another vital connection to your Teams content is prompting your students to install the app on their phone or personal electronic device. The reality is that at some point in time, your school device may not function as expected; installing Teams on their phone will provide a method to still stay connected to you and your class.
Included with this Unit is a video introduction to using Teams in under 10 minutes for anyone unfamiliar with this platform.
Unit 2: Using Teams
So you have some experience with Teams but interested in taking your understanding to the next level? This learning Unit focuses on many of the Power User features that will allow you more control or implement an enriching experience for your enrolled students. Teams is a powerful program enabling you to interact, present, and provide feedback through an installed desktop application, a browser on the Web, or your phone.
The purpose of this Unit is to reduce the time needed to identify and use these targeted features.
Unit 3: What is Next?
After completing the first two learning Units, you will be able to connect your content area with students registered in your classes, but what is next for moving forward?
You could join a learning community of other teachers using Teams in a specials environment and find information about specific Microsoft Teams feature requests will allow you to stay in the loop of current developments.