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Microsoft Teams: Building a Collaborative Digital Classroom Environment
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Microcredential ID : 2673
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Microsoft Collaboration Tools
Credits
0.5 USBE Credit

Description
This microcredential focuses on the use of Microsoft Teams to support learning and collaboration. Educators who earn this microcredential demonstrate their use of a range of the components of Microsoft Teams to manage classrooms, support learners, and nurture collaborative environments.
How To Earn This Microcredential
To earn this 0.5 USBE credit microcredential you will submit two evidence items to demonstrate your use of Microsoft Teams for instruction. You will also submit a reflection. Click the Earn This Microcredential button for more information.
Fees
If you submit this microcredential for review, you will be assessed an administrative fee of $20.00.
Clarifications
This microcredential does not cover aspects of One Note or Class Notebooks (other Microsoft products).
Important Terms
Team: a group of people gathered to get something big done in your organization. It may be the entire organization or a small group of individuals.

Channel: teams are made up of channels, which are the conversations you have with your teammates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific topic, department, or project.
Background Scenario / How This Will Help You
Ms. Larsen wants her 5th grade students to engage in a collaborative research project on key scientists in the development of electrical engineering and theories of electromagnetism. She decides to use Teams as the class tool to organize the project and support collaboration. She divides her class into six different groups, each of which will research a different scientist: Alessandro Volta, Nikola Tesla, James Prescott Joule, Georg Simon Ohm, Guglielmo Marconi, and Michael Faraday. She creates six channels in Teams--one for each of scientists. Within each channel she uploads some initial research resources, a graphic organizer, and templates for the final product (a research presentation).

As students begin working with their groups, Ms. Larsen briefly demonstrates how students can use components of Teams to support their work. On the first day, she demonstrates how the Conversations tab can be used to share ideas and ask questions. The next day she shows them how to access and use the research information she has already provided, as well as how to upload resources students find elsewhere. Later, she demonstrates how students can work collaboratively on the graphic organizer to insert relevant information, diagrams, and data.

Because Ms. Larsen has access to each of the Teams channels, she is able to monitor each of the teams' progress, gauge individuals' participation and engagement, and ensure appropriate collaboration.
Evidence Options
Category: Preparation and Planning
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your preparation and planning to support learning and collaboration using Microsoft Teams.
Lesson Plan: Submit a well-developed lesson plan of your design that you have used in instruction demonstrating how you use Microsoft Teams to support student learning and collaboration. This lesson plan should include all phases of instruction, including learning standards, learning outcomes, instructional materials, instructional activities, and assessment techniques. In a separate section of the lesson plan, include citations for research supporting your instructional approach. (See the resources section for examples to cite.)
Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan of your design that you have used in instruction demonstrating how you use Microsoft Teams to support student learning and collaboration. This unit plan should incorporate the use of student collaboration and interaction using Teams over the course of multiple meetings. In a separate section of the lesson plan, include citations for research supporting your instructional approach. (See the resources section for examples to cite.)
Category: Implementation
Select ONE of the evidence options below to demonstrate your effective implementation of Microsoft Teams to support learning and collaboration.
Video: Submit a 6-8 minute video showing learners using Teams to work collaboratively on a project, lesson, or other learning opportunity. Video should include learners using a number of features in Teams, e.g., conversations, co-authored documents, etc. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Observation Results: Submit observation results from an administrator in which he or she describes the way you use Teams consistently and effectively to support collaborative learning experiences. The observation documentation should touch on various features of Teams (e.g., conversations, co-authored documents, etc.).
Video: Submit a self-narrated video screencast of a Team you use as a part of your instruction. Your narration should describe and explain your use of various features within Teams (e.g., channels, conversations, files, apps, etc.) to support learning and collaboration.

Review Criteria
Criterion 1: The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses Teams effectively (i.e., to support best practices and evidence-based strategies).
Criterion 2: The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses Teams consistently (i.e., over a significant period of time).
Criterion 3: The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses Teams to support collaboration between and among learners.
Reflection Prompts
Describe how you use Teams to support learning and collaboration. Outline the way you use various features of Teams to do this, for example, channels, conversations, co-authored documents, etc.
Explain how the learners you support benefit from your use of Teams.
Describe how you plan to strengthen your use of Teams in the future.

Review Criteria
Criterion 1: The reflection demonstrates that the educator uses and will continue to use Teams effectively (i.e., to support best practices and evidence-based instructional strategies).
Criterion 2: The reflection demonstrates that the educator uses and will continue to use Teams consistently (i.e., over a significant period of time).
Criterion 3: The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses and will continue to use Teams to support collaboration between and among learners.
Resources
Canvas Course: Building a Collaborative Digital Classroom Environment Using Microsoft Teams
https://dsd.instructure.com/courses/1023438
This course is an introduction to using Teams in the classroom. It focuses on features of Teams that support collaborative learning for students, including conversations, files, co-authored documents, and others.

Microsoft Teams Support Site
https://support.office.com/en-us/teams
This is support website from Microsoft covers all aspects of Teams, and is not limited to educational uses.

Microsoft Education Community: Teams
https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/courses/introtomicrosoftteams
This module-based resource is focused on using Teams in the classroom. It focuses on Teams features that can be used for classroom organization, collaboration, content, and work flow.

Screencast-O-Matic
https://screencast-o-matic.com/screen-recorder
With this free screen recorder, you can capture any area of your screen with the option to add narration from your microphone and video from your webcam. You may use this tool for the screencast evidence option to earn this badge.
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