In your live lessons and particularly in Maths, teachers have been using Microsoft Teams to deliver their lessons. I would like to give you a few tips on how to get the most out of this and to use the features to communicate with your teachers.
First of all, have you ever not been able to see the chat for your lesson? This can be a problem if you want to ask a question or if your teacher is sharing a link which you need as part of the lesson. It helps if you download the Teams app to your computer. You can use this link to take you to the download: https://teams.microsoft.com/uswe-01/downloads
This will mean that you will now have an icon on your desktop which takes you straight to all your Teams calls:
When you open the Teams app, on the left, there is a list of choices. You can use these to switch between different ‘teams’ which your teachers will have set up for each of your classes:
If you select the ‘calendar’ option, you can get an overview of your upcoming calls so you can organise when you need to be online. You can also use the calendar to take you straight to a call. After a meeting has finished, you can use the app to go back and see the chat. This might be helpful to see a document or use a link which has been uploaded.
To communicate during a Teams call, your teacher might ask you to ‘raise your hand’ when you have finished completing a task. To do this, click on the hand on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen:
This will raise a virtual hand so that your teacher will know when to move on.
You can use the chat feature to communicate with other students in your class using the reactions. You can show your appreciation for a question, or a really good answer, or acknowledge that you have seen a message sent from someone else:
Next time you’re in a live lesson, why not try giving some of these
features a go?
Mrs Sweeney, Curriculum Leader for Maths