Use Teams To Support Your Team

Editor’s Note: We are still working to turn on Teams for students. The article below refers to using Teams with other staff members (which it is great for!)

Microsoft Teams

Getting together and sharing resources as a team or a department is essential to powerful learning. However it can be difficult due to the constraints of time and space.

While Teams won’ t give you the ability time travel (at least not yet) it does make it easier to share documents, collaborate and have conversations around resources.

To get started, pick something small that your team is working on, like sharing resources of an upcoming unit or collaborating on pacing a content area. Then follow the directions below to create the Team and invite your department or grade level teams.

This will give you a chance to see how Teams works and the collaboration tools it makes available. These tools include a conversation tab that makes it easy to share questions and ideas and a files tab in which any file loaded or created is shared with the whole team.

Create a team

Create Team

  1. Select Join or create a team.

    This is where you create your own team, or discover existing ones.

  2. Select Create team to create a new team.
  3. Choose Anyone from the options that show up.
  4. Give the team a name and add a short description if you like.
  5. By default, your team is Private, meaning you’ll have to add the people or groups you want on the team.

    Select Public if you want anyone in the organization to be able to find and join the team.

  6. Add members.

    You can add people, groups, or even entire contact groups.

    If you need to add people from outside your organization, use their email address to invite them as guests. Add a friendly display name for them too.

  7. When you’re done adding members, select Add and then Close.

Create a channel

Channel Creation

By default, every team gets a General channel, which is a good channel to use for announcements and information the whole team needs. To add more:

  1. Select Select to see more options More options next to the team name.
  2. Select Add channel.
  3. Enter a name and description for your channel.

    You can build a channel around a topic, project, department name, or whatever you like.

  4. Select Automatically favorite this channel for the whole team if you want this channel to be automatically visible in everyone’s channel list.
  5. Select Add.

Customize and manage your team

  1. Select Select to see more options More options next to the team name.
  2. Select Manage team to find MembersChannelsSettings, and Apps for your team all in one place.
  3. Select Settings > Team picture to add a team picture and give your team some personality.

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