Unit 1: Use of Microsoft Teams and Development of Lessons
The purpose of this course is to enhance your teaching by giving you access to the digital platform of Microsoft Teams to help you in your teaching practice. Microsoft Teams can be effectively used to design instruction; collaborate with colleagues; create content; differentiate materials; assess students; and, provide feedback. This course will assist participants in effective use of Microsoft Teams. This first lesson will serve as an introduction to Microsoft Teams.
Thinking about what you currently do
Please take time to brainstorm answers to the following questions.
1. Have you ever used Microsoft Teams before? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven't -- have you ever heard of Microsoft Teams? If so, what have you heard?
2. What kinds of features would you want available on a digital platform for education?
21st Century Education
The world of education is changing rapidly. What students need to get out of education is changing rapidly as well. As the world moves deeper into the 21st century what is required to be successful not only in schools, but in the world, is changing. We are moving into a world that is dominated by two huge factors – globalization and digitalization. As the world moves faster and becomes increasingly connected, “it [is] imperative for educators to rethink the conventional aims and means of education for all students” (Banks, et al., 2007, p. 7). As the world is changing, we “need to rethink such questions as what is taught, how it is taught and how students are assessed” (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 1999, pp. 152-153).
- What skills do students need to be successful in the 21st century?
What is Microsoft Teams?
Directly From Microsoft
"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."
- How can Microsoft Teams be used to enable a 21st century education?
Microsoft Teams and a 21st Century Education
Skills students need in the 21st Century
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Technology Literacy
How Microsoft Teams Enables a 21st Century Education
Microsoft Teams is a digital platform that provides students with real world experience in developing their technology literacy. Microsoft Teams easily allows students to work collaboratively. A major way that students can benefit from Microsoft Teams in the 21st century can be seen from the current COVID-19 pandemic. As schools transitioned to fully digital learning - Microsoft Teams became one of the premier ways that teachers provided instruction to students. It allowed for students to work collaboratively even though they were no longer physically present in the school building.
Microsoft Teams also helps prepare students for life after school. According to reporting from Venture Beat, in March of 2019, Microsoft Teams was used by 500,000 organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100 companies. That number has only grown. For students to be successful in their futures, getting them comfortable with the tools used by many companies will only serve to benefit them.
Setting up a Microsoft Teams Page
Quick Start Guide
Setting up a Microsoft Teams Page
Go to the following website https://teams.microsoft.com/go#
After signing in with the credentials from your organization, click "Create Team"
Give your Team a name, and a description. As the teacher, you want to leave your Team as "private" so that you have to add individual students to the course
Add members to your Team
Adding a channel. Hit the three dots next to the name of your Team and then click where it says, "Add channel"
Name your channel. Make sure to hit "automatically show this channel in everyone's channel list"
Once you have done the following you can move on to the next unit where we will be exploring designing content and assessment on the Microsoft Teams platform.
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Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (1999). Chapter 6: The Design of Learning Environments. In J. D. Bransford, A. L. Brown, & R. R. Cocking, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition (pp. 131-154). Washington D.C.: National Academy Press.
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Moorhead, P. (2020, June 22). Microsoft Strengthens Its Education Offering With New Microsoft Teams Features. Forbes.
Protalinski, E. (2019, March 19). Microsoft Teams is Now Used by 500,000 Organizations, Promises 8 New Features. VentrueBeat.