Building a Collaborative Digital Classroom Environment Using Microsoft Teams

Building a Collaborative Digital Classroom Environment Using Microsoft Teams

0.25 USBE Credits
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.

DESCRIPTION

To earn this microcredential, collect and submit one item of evidence demonstrating how you use a number of the elements of Microsoft Teams to support collaboration between and among learners. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!

FEES

You will be charged $20 by the badge provider. You'll be charged at the point you submit your badge for final review.

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

Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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 Mrs. 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

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.

Survey Results: Submit survey results in which learners indicate they use Teams consistently, effectively, and collaboratively as a part of your ongoing instruction. Survey items/questions should touch on how students use various features of Teams to collaborate, e.g., conversations, co-authored documents, etc.

Testimonial: Submit a written or video testimonial from a learner, in which he or she describes the way you use Teams consistently and effectively to support collaborative learning experiences. The learner's testimonial should touch on various features of Teams (e.g., conversations, co-authored documents, etc.).

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.).

Screencast: Submit a self-narrated screencast of a Team you use as a part of your instruction. This should display and explain your use of various features within Teams (e.g., channels, conversations, files, apps, etc.) to support learner collaboration.

Other: Submit screenshots of a Team you use as a part of your instruction. Include captions with your screenshots labeling the image and describing how you use it. This evidence should demonstrate use of a number of features in Teams, e.g., conversations, co-authored documents, etc.

Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating how you use Teams to support collaboration between and among learners. Evidence should demonstrate use of a number of features in Teams, e.g., conversations, co-authored documents, etc.

Candidates are required to make 1 evidence submission(s).

Review Criteria

Microsoft Teams - Evidence 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

  1. 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.

  2. Explain how the learners you support benefit from your use of Teams.

  3. Describe how you plan to strengthen your use of Teams in the future.

Review Criteria

Microsoft Teams: Reflection 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 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.

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.

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.

BADGE EARNERS

Rabyn Baker
Rabyn Baker
Timothy Best
Timothy Best
Chadlianne Bodily
Chadlianne Bodily
Patricia Brown
Patricia Brown
Mandy Chapple
Mandy Chapple
Bradley Christensen
Bradley Christensen
Kathleen Chronister
Kathleen Chronister
Mandi Corey
Mandi Corey
Suzanne Cottrell
Suzanne Cottrell
James Frankowski
James Frankowski
Mendy Gardner
Mendy Gardner
Courtney Geisler
Courtney Geisler
Bambi Gibson
Bambi Gibson
Tyson Grover
Tyson Grover
Ryan Hansen
Ryan Hansen
Victoria  Hansen
Victoria Hansen
Suzi Jensen
Suzi Jensen
Shannon Johns
Shannon Johns
Ashtin Johnson
Ashtin Johnson
Adam Kennah
Adam Kennah
Daron Kennett
Daron Kennett
Belinda Kuck
Belinda Kuck
Cathy Larsen
Cathy Larsen
Julie Larsen
Julie Larsen
Casey Layton
Casey Layton
Daniel Linford
Daniel Linford
Jodi Lunt
Jodi Lunt
Janeal Magalei
Janeal Magalei
Reta Mahlstede
Reta Mahlstede
Amy McKenzie
Amy McKenzie
Heather McMerrick
Heather McMerrick
Christine Neid
Christine Neid
Kristy Nelson
Kristy Nelson
Reid Newey
Reid Newey
Fran Niederhauser
Fran Niederhauser
Benjamin Onofrio
Benjamin Onofrio
Mark Reid
Mark Reid
Traci Robbins
Traci Robbins
John Sheffield
John Sheffield
Danielle Summers
Danielle Summers
David Tanner
David Tanner
Logan Toone
Logan Toone
Helene Vannatter
Helene Vannatter
Bernardo Villar
Bernardo Villar
Timothy Ward
Timothy Ward
Jay Welk
Jay Welk
Chris Williams
Chris Williams
Kate Williams
Kate Williams
Allison Yancey
Allison Yancey
John Zurbuchen
John Zurbuchen

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