I have been trialing Microsoft teams with my senior and junior classes throughout term 3. My focus has primarily been on the conversations/chat element. I have not touched the class notebook integration (as you cannot import existing notebooks and it is near the end of the year) or the assignments function (we use our LMS for this).
I am finding the conversations tab really useful, mainly with my year 7 maths class. My senior classes not so much. I created a rule that students were not to email me under any circumstances (unless they need to make contact privately). All questions and correspondence is to be posted to teams. Here are some of my experiences to date.
A student posts a question (tags the class). All students receive a notification and can respond. Here students are responding to each other with video:
Here students are responding to each other with written responses:
I can see many benefits to this:
2. Less work for teacher
3. Ownership of learning
4. Student's having opportunities to become the teacher
5. Learning take place anywhere anytime
6. Builds relationships and trust
7. Provides a safe space monitored by teacher
8. Immediate feedback
Here are some examples of general administrative communication:
Of course sometimes the teacher needs to respond. In this example I am responding to a question:
I have also been playing around with the other integrations. YouTube is really handy, especially if you have flipped content online.
Here is a summary of my initial thoughts (early days) on teams:
How are other schools/teachers using teams?