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Over the last few weeks Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, has proven to be the ideal tool to use as an online learning environment to ensure teachers can easily deliver resources to students and communicate, all in one place.

Many of our schools have embraced what Teams can offer and the feedback has been very positive. Here is what the Executive Headteacher at Brompton on Swale C of E Primary School said: 

"Teams is making a huge difference to the way that we can deliver an education solution to our families during these unprecedented times and hopefully into the future. Although changing to remote learning with everything stored in the cloud is initially challenging for staff, I have been extremely impressed with the way that they have adapted. The support that we have received from Schools ICT has been exceptional. I'd encourage any school to consider whether it could work for them."

If you have not thought about Teams we recommend it as a solution to help support your online learning. The many features Teams can offer when used as a virtual classroom include:

  • Share and collaborate in real time
  • Set learning tasks and assignments
  • Class chat for instant communication
  • Integration with online Office web apps (Word, Excel etc)
  • Video/audio meetings with team members
  • Screen sharing for document presentation
  • Record meetings for future reference
  • Blur/personalise background to maintain privacy
  • Conversation channels for specific topics/subjects
  • Mobile app to take Teams with you anywhere

For more information, please visit https://cirrus.schoolsict.co.uk/teams/ 

A safe way to learn and communicate (visit our blog)

There are naturally many considerations and concerns when using a cloud based system for remote teaching and learning. Our Ed Tech advisor George Tyson, has written his latest blog post to address the most common questions schools have prior to starting their Microsoft Teams roll out. It is well worth a read and covers: 

  • What is MS Teams and how does it work?
  • How do we set up Teams in our school?
  • What can teachers do to make Teams into a virtual classroom?
  • How do we keep children safe in Teams?
  • Is my data safe? Is Teams GDPR Compliant?
  • What policies or permissions should we have in place before rolling out Teams?

To read George’s blog, please visit https://schoolsict.co.uk/support/news-support/microsoft-teams-a-safe-way-to-learn-and-communicate-2

Getting started with teams

If you are considering Teams and want to find out how get started then we’d be happy to discuss the options and the best way forward. As always we will give you an honest answer.

Phone: 01609 536086 - Option 1 and ask for the Cirrus Web Team or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more about our solution and how teams can help visit:
https://schoolsict.co.uk/support/office-365/teams/distance-learning-teams

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