What is Microsoft Teams and Why Use It?

  • Microsoft Teams is a digital hub for users of all ages. It provides a space for all of the information you communicate with a colleague, student, teacher, or classmate to appear in one place. All of your conversations, media, content, apps and assignments live in one spot in Teams. In education, Teams can support the development and facilitation of collaborative classrooms that connect students with their peers and teacher. Teams can also connect in professional learning communities and provide a communication channel for school faculty. 

    Streamline school communication and collaborate with ease… 

    “Microsoft Teams has evolved the way we communicate as a staff throughout the school. It has allowed us to reduce the number of emails being sent by having one central location to have conversations and store files.” —Primary School Assistant Principal 

    Using Teams, staff can move quickly and easily from conversations to content creation with context, continuity, and transparency. Teams addresses the unique needs of different groups enabling them to work together easily and get things done: 

    • Manage projects, tasks, and content using the applications that you use every day—all available in a single, custom workspace 
    • Stay in the know with real-time information and updates shared in persistent team conversations, private chats (these can be moderated, if needed), team meetings, and other channels 
    • Support rich collaboration and seamless experiences with integrated apps from Office 365 like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and education partners like Canvas, Flipgrid, and Nearpod! 

    Here is a short introductory video from Microsoft on What is Teams? (3.5 minutes) 

    Module 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Teams 

    Microsoft Teams operates on the belief that effective classroom technology is digital advancement delivered with purpose – to inspire creativity and cultivate curiosity. The classroom experience in Teams empowers the generation that embraces technology as their first language, encouraging their developing voices and helping educators implement learning strategies for their future success. See how Omaha Public Schools uses Microsoft Teams to transform the way their educators, students, and staff achieve more together.  

Microsoft Teams - How-To Guide for School Leaders

  • How Do I...

  • Get started with Teams

  • Create a Team

  • Choose the Team type

  • Set up a Team

  • Collaborate with my staff using Teams

  • Conduct an Online Meeting

  • Join a meeting

  • Share my desktop

  • Organize my projects, files, etc. in my Team

  • Use OneNote Notebook in Teams

  • Set up a OneNote Staff Notebook in a Staff Team

  • Manage Staff Notebook

  • Use my Collaboration Space

  • Pull my Outlook meeting details right onto the OneNote page

  • Send e-mail message to OneNote