Microsoft Teams is the MCPS chosen online learning platform for the 2020-2021 school year. Whether I have students who are with me face-to-face in the classroom or participating in school online, I will be utilizing Microsoft Teams.
What is Teams? Teams is a free app on the Marion County student portal. It is the selected online platform for distance learning. Even if students have chosen to return to a traditional school setting, I will be implementing Teams in my classroom. In the event that traditional schooling is unavailable and students must switch to distance learning, I want my students to be prepared and knowledgeable about the platform. Teams is a way for students to collaborate, submit assignments, and join video calls all in one place. Students can also have online notebooks, chat with other students or their teacher, and submit assignments through the app. If a student has a smartphone, they can even download the app on their phone with parent permission.
I recommend watching some videos on what Teams is and how it can be incorporated into a traditional or online classroom. Here is a YouTube video that walks you through some features Teams has to offer and what students may see in my class.
An intro to what Teams is and some functions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL7e88jCcis
Quick overview for parents/students on how to navigate Teams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1OD89OTb2A
Good introduction from a student's perscpective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO9LE6ZKnUM
How do I get to Teams?
Step 1: To access this resource, students must first log in to their portal.
Step 2: After logging in to their portal, students will need to click on the "Office365" icon.
Step 3: Students need to click on the Teams icon.
Step 4: Students will need to find this class (Mrs. Flournoy, ELA) and click on the correct Team.
Step 5: Students are now inside of their 8th grade Language Arts Team.