Microsoft Teams is a communication platform developed by Microsoft that offers video chat, text chat, file sharing, and more. Teams is available for download on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It is a useful tool for “face-to-face” communication without requiring in-person meetings, and boasts a number of integrations through Microsoft AppSource, allowing for the use of other applications in remote lesson planning. This community-centered tool makes it much easier for an instructor to manage their classroom, while also allowing for deeper learning through in-depth digital cooperation. Though designed for remote use, Teams’ collaborative features are usable within in-person or mixed settings as well, allowing students to have consistent access to the same work and resources no matter where they might be. Teachers can use Microsoft Teams to set up a classroom "team" where they can engage in online meetings with their students, teach lessons, facilitate class activities, post assignments, create quizzes, grade students’ work, and provide feedback. Students can use the video conferencing tool to collaboratively work with peers to complete all the class activities, assignments, and quizzes.
Free for educators and students at an accredited academic institution.
Type of learning
Ease of Use
Up to 300 students
Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator
Microsoft Teams complies with these standards
Microsoft Teams is a Microsoft product that is free to educators and students at schools with a Microsoft 365 subscription. Other plans for students and educators are not free if they do not have access to a school subscription plan. Direct purchase price ranges between $2.50 and $8 per user per month, depending on the type of user.
Behaviorism: Teachers can create activities or quizzes in Microsoft Teams using many apps connected with Microsoft Teams, such as Quizlet, Skooler, Edpuzzle, and MindMup, that provide students with immediate positive and negative reinforcement. For example, teachers can provide students with interactive online quizzes that allow students to do the quiz and receive immediate feedback regarding their answers. Students can learn from their mistakes and have the chance to do the exam again.
Social Learning: Teachers can create class "teams" within Microsoft Teams, which allow students to interact with their peers socially. Students can work collaboratively with their classmates through Microsoft Teams, learn from each other, engage in group activities, share their thoughts and experiences, and provide feedback to each other. These types of activities allow students to collaborate in real-time with their peers and assist them in improving their social learning.
Educators and students need to watch tutorial videos and follow the instructional tips to use the Microsoft Teams smoothly. Also, new users can use the downloadable guides to learn how to use Microsoft Teams and benefit from the tool's features. Microsoft Teams also supplies a webpage with answers to users' commonly asked questions and the information they may need to know about operating the tool effectively.
The Microsoft Teams website is fairly accessible. It lacks headings and specific locations for screen readers to jump to but is still easy to navigate with a screen reader nonetheless, and website elements contain alt text. The application features a number of keyboard shortcuts in order to access its features, though these can be difficult to memorize due to the sheer number of them. The Teams application also features live closed captions for English, language translation in chat, and a number of other features such as eye or voice control (on Windows 10 and iOS Android, respectively). Microsoft Teams is accessible to all individuals with and without disabilities worldwide, regardless of their necessities.
Microsoft Teams allows users to have an unlimited number of team members to collaborate in teams depending on the team type. However, in Microsoft Teams for Education, the team type is a class team that allows educators to meet for free with up to 300 students.
Login is required by all potential users via the email address or a Microsoft account. Users must also connect an active phone number to their account in order to access the application. Educators and students at schools with a Microsoft 365 subscription can sign up for Microsoft Teams for free.
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool. Microsoft Teams allows educators to download and integrate all Office 365 apps, such as OneNote, Whiteboard-chat, Forms, Math (Preview), and other apps. Also, some other outside tools and apps can be downloaded and connected with the Microsoft Teams, such as Quizlet, Skooler, Edpuzzle, MindMup, and other tools that can be found on the "Apps" page and be added to the user's "My Teams" section.
Here is an example of how Microsoft Teams might fit within the SAMR model:
Technology is often used to replace other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students enhance their skills and knowledge of technology), we encourage you to consider how you might use Microsoft Teams to modify or redefine learning.
Teachers can use the Math Solver or Math (Preview) apps connected with Microsoft Teams to teach math to students. Teachers and students can discuss math topics, understand mathematical concepts, practice math problems, and share their solutions for specific math problems. Also, teachers can create math videos by recording themselves in the videoconferencing tool to guide students through the problem-solving process and allow them to access this online video when doing their homework.
Teachers can design science experiment diagrams representing some science content and link the theory with the practice to improve the students' understanding. Also, teachers can create a blank diagram and ask students to collaborate in filling in information related to the lesson topic. Also, teachers and students can use tools connected with Microsoft Teams such as Mindomo, MindManager, Conceptboard, and MindMup to create mind maps and concept maps to visualize relationships between science concepts and provide a structure for discussions.
Students can use translation features provided by Microsoft Teams to enhance their English skills. Students can use the translation and read-back features to translate prompts, questions, and assignments into their first language and complete their assignments and projects. Microsoft Teams assisted English language learners during remote learning.
Teachers can use the Reading Progress tool in Microsoft Teams to provide reading fluency practice opportunities, differentiate reading instruction, and utilize repeated reading strategies to improve students' reading comprehension skills and build confidence. Teachers can have additional time to listen to students reading passages, analyze students' performance, and identify problems to differentiate effective reading instruction.
Students can use Microsoft Teams' Feelings Monster and Reflect check-ins tools to recognize, name, and share their feelings and emotions. These tools assist students in developing self-awareness, enhancing relationship skills, building emotional vocabulary, and expressing themselves clearly. Teachers can understand their students' social-emotional skills to provide them with a supportive classroom and a meaningful educational environment.
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