Max Burman

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About Me

Max Burman

I am a 2018 graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in Political Science with a Concentration in Adolescent Social Studies Education. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo I moved to Buffalo, New York where I teach 8th grade social studies at the Charter School for Applied Technologies. I work with students in advanced classes as well as students with special needs, and everywhere in between. I have also served on my school's advisory board for social-emotional learning integration. In addition to this I also coach my school's modified baseball team. I am passionate about building relationships with students - it is my belief that students will only be able to learn from you if they trust you and have a relationship with you.

My Topic and Purpose

The intent of this course is to show educators how to utilize Microsoft Teams to help create and design instruction. Topics that will be covered include:

  • What is Microsoft Teams?
  • How is Microsoft Teams navigated?
  • How are lessons designed on Microsoft Teams?
  • How can content be created on Microsoft Teams?
  • How can educators collaborate with colleagues on Microsoft Teams?
  • How can students be evaluated on Microsoft Teams?

Learning Outcomes

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Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to use Microsoft Teams
  • Develop lessons on Microsoft Teams
  • Design content on Microsoft Teams
  • Design assessments on Microsoft Teams
  • Evaluate students on Microsoft Teams
  • Collaborate with colleagues on Microsoft Teams

Needs Assessment

Intent

Microsoft Teams is an organizational management tool that has a powerful educational component. Microsoft Teams is an extremely powerful tool in the classroom; however, it has a very high learning curve. The intent behind this mini-course is to help instruct teachers in the different ways that Microsoft Teams can be used in the classroom - to design, implement, manage, assess, and revise instruction.

Gathering Information

In order to understand the needs of the participants in this course, a survey was sent to 108 members of my school community. There were 28 respondents to the survey - ranging from teachers, in a variety of subjects and certification areas, to administrators. Respondents were asked to rank a variety of different areas they fell they would benefit from professional development in.

Summary

A summary of the responses can be viewed in this needs assessment summary

Analysis and Revised Intent

Respondents to the survey seemed to indicate that in general, teachers would like to receive professional development in a variety of different areas related to Microsoft Teams. One area that respondents indicated that they would like to receive professional development in is, using Microsoft Teams to benefit students (differentiating instruction, student enrichment, student intervention). The area that respondents indicated that they would least like to receive professional development in is, in communicating on Microsoft Teams.

After conducting this needs assessment, the intent of this mini-course remains largely unchanged. One area that will receive additional attention will be in how to design instruction to meet the individual needs of students. One area that will receive less attention will be on communication within the Microsoft Teams suite. This mini-course will still focus on best practices for using Microsoft Teams to design and implement instruction.

Performance-Based Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize how to use Microsoft Teams to design instruction
  • Display collaboration with colleagues on Microsoft Teams
  • Synthesize lessons and content Microsoft Teams
  • Create differentiated materials for students
  • Integrate Microsoft Teams into their classroom effectively

Task Analysis

Unit 1: Use of Microsoft Teams and Development of Lessons

  1. Participants will brainstorm what functions they want in an online platform
  2. Participants will view videos about functions available on Microsoft Teams
  3. Participants will set up their own Teams on Microsoft Teams
  4. Participants will set up channels within a Team

Unit 2: Design of Content and Assessments on Microsoft Teams

  1. Participants will view videos on how to design content on Microsoft Teams
  2. Participants will upload materials into channels they created during the previous unit
  3. Participants will view videos on how to create assessments on Microsoft Teams
  4. Participants will create an assessment on Microsoft Teams

Unit 3: Differentiation of Materials on Microsoft Teams

  1. Participants will view a video on creating private channels within Microsoft Teams
  2. Participants will view a video on assigning materials to certain students
  3. Participants will brainstorm ways to build in accommodations for all students in Microsoft Teams
  4. Participants will create an assignment that provides accommodations for all students, as well as specific students within a private channel

Unit 4: Evaluation of Students on Microsoft Teams

  1. Participants will view a video on how to create a rubric for an assignment on Microsoft Teams
  2. Participants will create a rubric an upload it to an assignment on Microsoft Teams
  3. Participants will view a video on how to provide feedback and score an assignment
  4. Participants will provide feedback and score an assignment on a piece of student work, that was turned in on Microsoft Teams

Unit 5: Collaboration in Microsoft Teams

  1. Participants will read about how to foster collaboration between the teacher and students
  2. Participants will read about how to foster collaboration between students
  3. Participants will read about how to foster collaboration between teachers
  4. Participants will view a video about how to foster collaboration between teachers and Microsoft
  5. Participants will provide feedback to Microsoft about Microsoft Teams

Curriculum Map

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