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How to Create a Microsoft Team

  1. Follow the steps to login to Microsoft Teams outlined in Microsoft Teams for Education Logging In.
    Result: You will be brought to the Teams home page.



  2. Naviagte to the top right corner of the screen and select Join or create team.
    Result: You will be taken to a screen in which you can choose to create or join a team.



  3. Select Create a team.
    Result: A window will appear in which you can choose a type of team to create.



  4. Select the type of team that you want to create. For information on the types of teams, see istdraft:Selecting a Team Type.
    Result: You will be brought to a window in which you can name and describe your team.



  5. Name and describe your team. Then click Next.
    Result: You will be brought to a window in which you can add members to your team.



  6. Add members to your team, and then click Add.
    Result: You will be brought to your team page.


Selecting a Team Type

When you create a new team in Microsoft Teams, you will be asked to select from one of four team types: Class, Professional Learning Community (PLC), Staff, or Other. Read the information on each team type below to decide which one is best for you.

Class

  • Description: Teachers and students collaborating on group projects, assignments, and more.
  • Team owners and team members: Teachers are team owners and add students as team members.
  • Permissions: Teachers moderate student conversations and who can post where. Students only have write permission in certain areas.
  • Features:
    • Class notebook
    • Assignments
    • Conversations
    • Files
    • Video and audio calls
    • Chat (if enabled)
    • Pinning new tabs with documents or sites like Microsoft Forms
  • Educational goals:
    • Assign, track, and review student work
    • Export grades
    • Collaborate and communicate in the classroom
    • Make announcements
    • Administer quizzes and polls
    • Work in student groups
    • Share and organize rich content
    • Invite virtual experts into the classroom

Professional Learning Community (PLC)

  • Description: Educators collaborating within a professional learning community. Examples include an academic department, a grade band, or group working on a shared goal.
  • Team owners and team members: Educators form the team and other educators join the team.
  • Permissions: Educators share equal read-write permissions.
  • Features:
    • OneNote notebook
    • Conversations
    • Files
    • Meetings
    • Video and audio calls
    • Chat (if enabled)
    • Pinning new tabs with documents or sites like Microsoft Forms
  • Educational goals:
    • Collaborate in professional learning communities
    • Communicate
    • Make announcements
    • Share work
    • Organize virtual or face-to-face meetings
    • Work in smaller groups
    • Share and organize content

Staff

  • Description: Staff leaders and staff members collaborating on school administration and development.
  • Team owners and team members: Staff leaders are team owners and add staff members as team members.
  • Permissions: Staff leaders control posting settings. Staff members only have write permissions in certain areas.
  • Features:
    • Staff notebook
    • Conversations
    • Files
    • Meetings
    • Video and audio calls
    • Chat (if enabled)
    • Pinning new tabs with documents or sites like Microsoft Forms
  • Educational goals:
    • Oversee professional development, staff, and administrative goals
    • Communicate
    • Make announcements
    • Share content and progress reports
    • Work in smaller groups
    • Organize virtual or face-to-face meetings

Other

  • Description: Students and school employees collaborating in interest groups and clubs.
  • Team owners and team members: Any combination or students and school staff can form a team and add members.
  • Permissions: Team members share equal read-write permissions unless the team owner(s) alter the settings.
  • Features:
    • OneNote notebook
    • Conversations
    • Files
    • Meetings
    • Video and audio calls
    • Chat (if enabled)
    • Pinning new tabs with documents or sites like Microsoft Forms
  • Educational goals:
    • Collaborate and communicate with team members
    • Make announcements
    • Share content
    • Organize virtual or face-to-face meetings
    • Work in smaller groups

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