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Understanding Microsoft Teams: The Digital Learning Hub in My classroom and Yours!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 120BC

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Veteran ELA Educator + Adjunct Professor
Southern Regional HS / The College of NJ
Kate Baker, M.Ed and MAIT, is an Educational Technology Specialist for BookWidgets, a 20+-year veteran high school English teacher, board member of the Flipped Learning Network, & contributing author of "Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Classroom." Kate adeptly integrates technology and SEL in her professional development experiences using flipped-blended learning strategies and has been recognized as a PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, American Graduate Champion, and NCTE-CEL Teacher-Leader of Excellence. Passionate about evolving authentic learning into digital formats, Kate shares her expertise with the global education community via Twitter @KtBkr4 and LinkedIn.
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Jeff Bradburyis an ISTE Award Winning and globally-recognized educator, educational broadcaster, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose powerful message has inspired thousands of educators through the TeacherCast Educational Network.
Educational Technology Specialist
Sheryl Place, is an Educational Technology Specialist for BookWidgets. Prior to joining the team she was a veteran teacher with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She knows and understands the joys and struggles of the classroom. Teaching, building capacity and infusing technology into classroom lessons are activities which she loves. Sheryl began teaching in 1983 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in French Education from Michigan State University and continued to grow earning a Master's Degree from the University of Miami. Sheryl holds numerous credentials including Nearpod PioNear and certified trainer, FlipGrid Certified Educator, and more. Let's connect and learn together.

Session description

Lesson planning, peer-to-peer communication, classroom websites, video conferencing and so much more -- this, in a nutshell, is Microsoft Teams. Learn how to excel at using Microsoft Teams as a digital hub for learning in your classroom.

Purpose & objective

In this session, teachers will learn how to build a digital hub for their classroom created from Microsoft Teams. Throughout the session, teachers will be introduced to additional methods for using Teams by adding additional applications such as Microsoft Planner, OneNote, and Office while also integrating applications such as BookWidgets to enhance student learning and teacher creativity.

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Story about an unorganized Teacher
The reason why Microsoft Teams is an important piece for any digital classroom
DEMO: Creating Microsoft Teams as a Digital Hub
Connecting additional Microsoft applications and 3rd party apps to Microsoft Teams
What does a complete digital hub look like?
Closing Story

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Session specifications

Emergent technologies
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.