Question

What is Microsoft Teams and which type should I use?


Answer

Microsoft Teams  is a digital hub which brings together your teams conversations, files and tools in a single workspace. Teachers can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities and communicate with school staff using this Office 365 app.

There are 4 different types of Microsoft Teams  available for you to choose from:

  • Classes
    Classes are ideal for teachers and students collaborating on group projects, assignments and more. Classes are a team with unique permissions for teachers and students. As owners of the Team, teachers assign and review work, and create channels and files. Teachers are able to moderate students conversation and who can post where. Each class team is linked to its own OneNote Class Notebook. Within this type of Team, students are able to collaborate in group work channels, share files, and turn in assignments.
     
  • PLCs
    This type of team allows teachers and educators to connect regularly and collaborate through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). 
    PLCs can be formed around interest area, grade levels, and across subjects. Teachers can be added at any time and all have Equal Read-Write Permissions. Team members can share files and collaborate through channels even when not at school, and each PLC team is linked to its own OneNote notebook for further collaboration.
     
  • Staff Members
    Staff Member Teams allow staff to easily share information and work together on school-wide initiatives. With integrated OneNote  Staff Notebooks, each staff member can access and contribute to both collaborative and private spaces. Each Staff Member Team will have a Staff Leader as the Owner, who can then add and remove other staff members. 
     
  • Anyone
    Anyone teams allow students and school employees to collaborate in interest groups and clubs. The Team can have any combination of Students and school Staff. Team members share Equal Read-Write Permissions unless the Team owner alters the settings. 


Each Team has the ability to add extra channels, based on topic or interest; click HERE for more information on channels. 
If you would like to learn more about Microsoft Teams   please visit the Microsoft Support Page.