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Submitted by Lisa Ransom, Learning Technology Advisor/Trainer, Auckland University of Technology

What is it?

Microsoft Teams is a tool in the Office 365 suite of tools. This “Introduction to Microsoft Teams” youtube video explains it all:

What can it do?

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool that provides global, remote and dispersed teams the ability to work together to share information in a common space and real time. It allows for combined workplace chat, meetings (video and voice), notes and file sharing. It cuts down on continual emails going back and forth and not have to go to 15 different places to collaborate.

Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android operating systems. Also runs in web browser.

Download the App

How does it work

  • Download the app and install (on either iOS or Android)
  • You will be prompted to “Sign” in or “Sign up” when you open Teams for the first time
  • If using “Sign in”: Sign in using one of your presaved accounts, otherwise enter your details and tap “Sign in”
  • If using “Sign up”: Enter your email and tap “Get started” – you’ll need to follow a few steps on the next screen to get your account set up
  • Once you’re signed in, you can begin to use Teams

Note: If you have Teams in your Organisation, you maybe prompted to use your institution credentials.

Extend your learning

You can set up “channels” to start a project to collaborate with other users. You can use this for sharing important “online” documents/powerpoint files. Incorporate other Office 365 tools into Teams. Set up strategic plans for technical updates. Search for files across all “channels”. Conduct group (or one on one) meetings via video and voice.


Microsoft Teams Best Practices (this is 29:23 minutes long but worth watching)

Here are some further resources to start using Microsoft teams Microsoft Teams Essential Training (Preview)

Microsoft. Get started with Microsoft Teams

Using Microsoft Teams in teaching and learning

Students can be put into groups and can collaboratively work on shared documents for group assignments.

Lesson plans can be developed for different subjects using effective communication and collaboration among teachers across your institute.

Organise classroom discussions and create personalised learning environments.

A short task – challenge yourself!

Join the 12 Apps Team

Once you’ve created a profile in Microsoft Teams (or if you have one through your institution already – you might not even know about it), forward the email used for your account in the comments below (break it up to avoid spamming) or send it to: keith.webster | at |

Create a team

  1. Click on JOIN or CREATE A TEAM – (on the bottom left of the team screen)
  2. Click on Create a team
  3. Create a team. (A team is a chat-based workspace).
    Teams are made up of channels. Users can create different channels to organize their communication by topic in each team. Each channel is built around a topic, like “Team Events,” a department name, or just for fun. Channels are where you hold meetings, have conversations, and work on files together.
  4. Fill in the details for Creating a team. In this example I have named one called: Discussion on Christmas desserts.
  5. Select the privacy area – in this example I have selected only team owners can add members.

    Click on NEXT. You can add users – you may need their email addresses.
  6. Your screen should look like this:
  7. Start a conversation under the conversation tab.
  8. Upload images, files, etc under the FILES area.
  9. Click on the GET LINK button to share the link to the files area.
  10. Make it interactive and fun ?

Don’t forget to come back and add a comment below, write a blog post or share your results somewhere on social media. Use the hashtag: #12AppsBC

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