Many of you have been using Microsoft Classroom (preview), released to Education customers back in April 2016. However, with the recent news that this was being discontinued on 31st January 2018, educators have been looking for the next class management tool.
Along came Microsoft Teams, “the chat-based workspace in Office 365”.
Microsoft Teams was initially designed as a competitor to Slack and designed to be used in the workplace, with an official announcement in November 2016.
In March 2017, during a global webcast from Microsoft headquarters, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams was made generally available, also introducing more than 100 new features to deliver ongoing innovation.
Educators began to use Microsoft Teams for staff communication and some student interaction, with relative success, however, key education features were missing. Then, on 3rd May 2017, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams would replace Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education.
Microsoft Teams is available online via https://login.microsoftonline.com and can also be downloaded from the app store for your mobile device;
Sign in using your Office 365 enabled education email address or Outlook account.
You can create Teams for groups of Students (classes), Staff (staff members), Community Educators (PLCs) and Anyone.
Here is Microsoft’s guide to Teams for Education: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=91F4E618548FC604!2263&ithint=file%2cdocx&app=Word&authkey=!AMAtJ_tqrNP2lyg