I’ve been putting off writing about Microsoft Teams partly because there’s so much there, I didn’t know where to start. (I’ve decided to start at the beginning!) I also wanted to build up to it. Essentially, everything else I’ve written about in Office 365 is in Teams, so technically I’ve always been writing about Teams. But today, it’s official. I wish I could have held out two posts longer, but #RemoteLearning can’t wait any longer, thanks to #Covid-19. So, welcome to Day 98 of 365 Ideas for Office 365– Introduction to Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams is pretty much the same in the online version and the desktop app. Since launching the app is just like opening any other program on your desktop, I’ll show the less obvious web version so you can even use it on a Chromebook. (There’s also apps for iPhone and Android.) Teams is the communication hub for all of Microsoft Office. It really has Outlook, Skype for Business, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Planner, you name it, all built in, with additional features as they all intersect.
Apart from the statement above, this is pretty much a tutorial to get you into Teams. More applications will follow soon. Let’s dig in.
Open web browser. In any browser, you can simply go to Office.com
If prompted, log into OneDrive.
Once in OneDrive, in top left corner, click on the all-white waffle (If you are using Chrome, don’t click on the multi-colored waffle- that’s for Chrome apps.) The all-white waffle turns into an all-black waffle when you click on it.
Then click on Teams.
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Once Teams is open, you will need to create your first team.
Creating a Team
Click on Create a Team.
If you don’t see this, make sure you are on the Teams tab, and click on Join or create team button in top right corner.
Now, click on “Create team”, as pictured above.
Follow prompts to create team.
Keep in mind that Team names may be visible your entire organization, and names can be reused, so “1st period Biology” probably isn’t specific enough. I recommend the teacher name, subject class period and at least school initials. Adjust as needed for elementary, like grade level instead of subject.
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That’s all for now- you have found Teams online and created your first Team. Next time we will add students, add files, and add your Google Drive. (No that’s NOT a typo!)
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