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Best Practices Using Microsoft Teams: Your Hub for a Powerful Learning Landscape

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Kim Lewis  
Bryan Hansen  
Daniel Amodeo  

Explore Microsoft Teams as a digital hub to organize and communicate in education and business. MIE experts from an Incubator Showcase School will show you four ways to enhance Teams success: power up the post stream; maximize assignment tab; connect with live meetings; and focus learning with links.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Microsoft Teams , Office 365
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.
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Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to
1- Power up the Post stream for announcements that direct and engage learners in discussion
2- Maximize Assignments Tab to deliver opportunities for students to actively create and demonstrate learning
3- Connect with Live Meetings to interact through video conferencing that easily records and saves videos in your Team
4- Focus learning by organizing lessons with links to activities on Flipgrid, Word, PowerPoint, Sway, Exel, Nearpod, EdPuzzle and more.

At WVCS we have selected Teams as our digital hub and primary means of communication and interaction between teachers and students. We are one of 24 US schools in the Incubator Program, on the journey to become a Microsoft Showcase School. We are a K-12 school with 1:1 integration of technology including iPads in the grades K-3 and hybrid laptops grades 4-12. We made a commitment to Microsoft platform in 2015 and have been building and enhancing our professional skills in order to lead students in developing digital skills that will transfer easily to the skills expected in college and career paths after high school. We will share best practices from our use of Microsoft Teams for in person and remote learning.

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Kim Lewis, West Valley Central School

Kim is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, MIE Master Trainer, and Microsoft Certified Educator. Teams and PowerPoint are Microsoft tools she couldn’t live without. Nearpod is another “must have” for Kim as a Nearpod Certified Educator, Trainer, Distance Learning Expert and PioNear. Kim has a post-graduate degree in Educational Leadership, and she’s been teaching ELA and Spanish for 20+years at WVCS, near Buffalo, NY. She’s presented at NYSCATE, ISTE, FETC and BLC and provided training for Nearpod and LearnZillion throughout the U.S. She is also a Common Sense Educator, Flipgrid Certified Educator, and Ambassador for Wakelet, Quizlet and Quizizz.

Bryan Hansen, West Valley Central School District

Bryan Hansen is the Technology Coordinator at West Valley Central School. In addition to being the tech coordinator, Bryan has been teaching computer science to elementary and middle school students for the last 13 years, as well as a Syracuse University (SUPA) Cybersecurity course. As the district has gone 1:1 K-12 in the last six years, he has been leading the school in the focus to get students to grasp the world through technology. He has presented locally numerous times to groups of students, family members and educators on developing digital skills, especially with Microsoft applications.

Daniel Amodeo, West Valley Central School

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