Microsoft Teams is a group chat and collaboration application. It allows people to share information, chat online, conduct video conferences and work together remotely.
It “glues” together a bunch of other Microsoft applications to make this work. It works with Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and the rest of Microsoft’s suite of programs making it easy for teachers to set work and communicate with learners. It’s all part of the Office 365 suite.
It’s also multi-platform so teachers and learners can use it regardless of what computer, tablet or smartphone they use.
Basic Guide for Harbour School Staff Using Teams
Here at The Harbour School, we have created a specific step-by-step guide for accessing and using Microsoft Teams.
The guide covers:
- Logging in
- Scheduling a meeting
- Joining a meeting
- Joining a video call
Below is a longer, more in depth guide that covers a wider variety of features present in Teams.
The guide covers all of the previous features plus:
- Screen sharing
- Call control options
- Recording a meeting
- Raising your hand in a meeting
- Chat messages
- File sharing
For further information, consult the general guides published by Microsoft:
Accessing Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams can be run in two ways. Either online in your internet browser (such as Edge or Google Chrome) or as an installed program.
To access Teams online, login to Office 365, then click on the Teams icon in your taskbar.
Alternatively, If you are using a computer which runs Windows 10, then you might already have Teams installed as an application.
If Teams is installed, you will be able to find it by searching in the start menu.
If Teams does not appear in your search results, then download it from the Microsoft site here.
Microsoft have released a set of video tutorials to help you learn.
Actions in Teams – Step by Step
In addition to the video tutorials, there is a set of guides detailing exactly how to perform certain actions in Microsoft Teams, such as answering a call, starting a call from a chat, and joining a meeting.
These actions range from making and receiving simple calls, all the way to setting up meetings.
The full set of Microsoft’s guides are available here.