Have a Teams questions? She's got answers!
Adrienne leans into her background in education along with her knowledge of Microsoft Teams to provide tips, ideas and suggestions to make your experience with Teams brilliant!
Whether you are an educator, student, parent - or someone looking for general Microsoft Teams tips, Adrienne's here to help you build collaborative workspaces, connect with colleagues and create your ideal working environment.
Microsoft Teams for Education: Staying Organized
Check in with Adrienne as she shows you how to navigate Microsoft Teams effectively. A good plan will help you decide where and how to store documents to make them simple to find, and keep productivity high. Adrienne offers us a look at ‘ME’ space and ‘WE’ space to show how you to use these different views in an education environment and how they can be utilized by educators and students.
Microsoft Teams for Education: Best Practices
Adrienne shows best practices when setting up both teams and channels in Microsoft Teams. She will show you how to create teams for grades or for specific focus areas within grade specific curriculum – how to add additional channels to stay organized and how to share files within a channel. This will help organize your classes and create a space to collaborate depending on the focus of the team or class.
Microsoft for Education: Read Aloud
Adrienne shows you the text-to-speech technology found within the Microsoft Edge browser. The read aloud function in Microsoft Edge will read PDF files, eBooks and webpage content out loud allowing learners to follow along with highlighted sentences and words that are being read. The speed and voice of the read aloud reader can be modified to accommodate for a more personalized learning experience as well as enabling the identification of parts of speech to help with both the reading and writing process whereby increasing student engagement.
Microsoft for Education: OneNote & Built-In Tools
The Draw and Replay function within OneNote provides an opportunity for students to have processes, such as solving math equations, played back to better understand the steps in obtaining a solution. While the Math Solver assists students in solving equations that they might not know how to do by providing steps and further allowing them to engage with the Immersive Reader should it be needed.
Microsoft for Education: Tips for Microsoft Windows 10
Let’s find out about the Windows 10 start menu and how to organize your applications within the space. Being productive and using your time most effectively is something we all strive to do daily. Pinning the most frequently used applications and browsers to either the taskbar or start menu are ways to work efficiently and effectively. Go ahead and give it a try!
Microsoft Teams for Education: Raise Hand Feature
Adrienne shows us how to use the Raise Hand function in Microsoft Teams for Education. This feature allows students to raise and lower their hand during an online class as a cue to their educator and fellow classmates they wish to contribute to the ongoing conversation - just like they would in the classroom! The teacher is then notified by the hand icon beside their name and the order of raised hands is shown within the participants view whereby the individual that raised their hand first will appear at the top of the list and the second person will appear second and so on.
Microsoft Teams for Education: Live Captions Feature
Adrienne shows us how you can enable real-time captions with speaker attribution in a Teams meeting - so you'll see not only what's being said, but who's saying it. Live captions can make meetings more inclusive to participants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, people with different levels of language proficiency, and participants joining the meeting from a loud location.
Microsoft Teams for Education: End Meeting
Adrienne shows us how to use the End Meeting feature whereby the meeting organizers OR teacher can end the call for ALL students rather than just hanging up. This is essential for teachers to ensure no student is left unsupervised on the call once the teacher is no longer present, as well as ensuring the meeting recording will end.
Microsoft for Education: Microsoft Editor
Adrienne explores the powerful Microsoft Editor tool for all your writing needs within Microsoft Word, Outlook and the Edge browser. This AI-powered tool brings out your best writing by refining your work in more areas than simply spelling and grammar such as clarity, conciseness, vocabulary and so much more. You too can now have your own personal intelligent writing assistant.
Microsoft OneNote Web Clipper
Adrienne examines how Microsoft OneNote Web Clipper can help educators and students alike gather information for projects, tasks or research! Use this information gathering tool within your favourite web browser to clip a webpage for viewing and editing in OneNote. The ability to reference information when clipped is an added benefit when document sourcing is important to the learning process.
Microsoft Teams for Education: Sharing Content and Audio
Adrienne shows educators how to share content depending on what is chosen within their sharing tray, as well as how to ensure audio is included when sharing either a video or audio clip during a class meeting. Audio can be shared initially from the sharing tray or afterwards from the sharing control bar.
Microsoft Teams: Meeting Control Bar
Adrienne showcases the new features in Microsoft Teams meetings including position of control bar, together mode, gallery view, and more! Let's explore these features in the Meeting Control Bar with Adrienne as she walks us through what can be achieved with each.
Make your announcements POP in Microsoft Teams
Did you know you can create rich text messages or announcements within your Microsoft Teams channel's post tab? You sure can! Formatting a message makes it impactful and allows greater emphasis to be placed on the message you are sending out to members of the channel. It also allows the new message to stand out from a channel that already has a great number of messages and is more easily found when searching for specific content. It’s easy to use and impactful! Check out this video and give it a try!
Customize & Optimize your Teams Meetings!
Have you discovered the new meeting options that are now available within Microsoft Teams’meetings? With security and communication being a top priority, these new features help customize the meeting experience to ensure your meeting is conducted just the way you want it. The new meeting options allow the organizer to decide whether or not to enable a hard mute, allow reactions throughout the meeting to gauge for feedback and understanding and lastly, configure the chat to be enabled, disabled or in meeting only.
Check out my video to see how exactly these options help create a more tailored meeting experience for both your students and you the teacher.
FREE Virtual Training Offer for Educators
We're excited to offer K-12 teachers a choice of virtual training sessions delivered by a Microsoft professional. Let us know which topic is of interest to you, and we’ll set it up with our Microsoft Learning Consultant.