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Communicate with your class using Microsoft Teams for Education! Class connections can now go much further beyond the walls of a classroom with meetings, chats, and channel posts in class teams.

Host virtual class meetings to go over lesson plans and host meaningful class discussions. Learn how to implement breakout rooms in your class meetings to facilitate small group conversations and projects.

Send direct messages to students and educators to go over questions or comments about current lessons, upcoming assignments, and student progress in class. Ensure student safety by implementing supervised chat settings!

Use your class team's channel to create posts with discussion topics, questions, and other interesting information your class team might find useful!

Message your class

  1. To create a message for your whole class, select Teams Teams button, then navigate to a class team and a channel.

  2. Select Posts.

  3. Enter your message into the compose box and select Send Send button.

  4. Use @ and the name of your class to notify everyone of your post. Example: @Algebra.

Start a conversation with one student or a group of students

  1. At the top of the app, select New chat New chat button.

  2. In the To field, type the name of the student(s) you'd like to message.

  3. Type your message in the compose box and select Send Send button.

A post typed in the compose box.

Start a new chat

Reply to a conversation

Posts in channels are threaded similarly to social media posts. Reply under the original post to keep all the messages in a conversation organized together.

  1. Find the conversation thread you want to reply to.

  2. Select Reply, add your message, and select Send Send button.

Reply to a conversation


Use Announcements to draw students' attention to important posts.

  1. Select Format Format  to expand the Compose box.

  2. Choose Announcement and Select a background color to customize an important post.

Choose Announcement.

Choose an image for your announcement.

Add some fun with stickers and more

  • Select Sticker Sticker button under the compose box to choose from a range of custom Microsoft Education stickers!

  • Select Emoji Emoji button for smiley faces and Giphy GIF button for animated GIFs.


Schedule a virtual meeting for your class

Use meetings in Teams to schedule virtual presentations and discussions for your whole class. 

  1. Select Teams  Teams button, then select 
    Meetings button.

  2. Select + New meeting.

  3. Give your new meeting a title. Decide on a date and time and add any additional details.

    Tip: You can set any meeting to repeat daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or on a custom cadence.

  4. Select Add channel to see a list of your class teams and their channels, then choose a channel to meet in.

    Note: When you select a channel in a class team to host a meeting, all students with access to the channel are able to join the meeting. Also, all resources shared and any recordings taken during the meeting are saved in the channel.

  5. Take a moment to review your meeting details. When you’re done, select Send. This adds your meeting to your calendar and your students’ calendars.

Select + New Meeting.

Give your meeting a title.

Choose the team channel for your class.

Meet with your students using video or audio calls 

Use video or audio chatting in Teams to meet with individual students or groups. 

  1. Select Chat in the app bar.

  2. Select New Chat  New chat button. In the To box, enter one or more students’ names. To group students together, select the dropdown arrow and enter a group name.

  3. Send a greeting message to get the conversation started!

  4. Select Video call Video call button  to meet using video or Audio call Calls button if you prefer to use audio only.

You can also meet live with students in an existing chat. 

  1. Select Chat from the app bar, then choose the chat you’d like to meet from.

  2. Select Video call  Video call button  or Audio call  Calls button  to start a meeting with a student or group of students.

    Tip: To schedule a meeting in advance, select Calendar + New meeting.

    Note: Get in-depth guidance on meeting with students and meeting safety.

Enter one or more students’ names in the To box.

Select Video call or Audio call.

Select Chat from the app bar.

Join and manage a meeting 

Join a meeting you have scheduled, or someone else has invited you to. 

  1. Select Calendar  Meetings button and navigate to the meeting you want to join.

  2. Open the meeting and select Join

  3. Double-check your audio and video input, turn on the camera, and unmute your microphone to be heard. Select Join now to enter the meeting.

​​​​​​ Select Join to join the meeting.

Select Join now to join the meeting.

Create and send a message in a chat or channel  

Select the compose box to create a message. You can type out a simple message, or add on. 

  • Attach an image, gif, sticker, or file

  • Use rich text to make your message stand out

  • Format your message with bullets or make a numbered list

  • @mention your educator or a classmate. 

To switch from a conversation in a team channel to a private chat group, select the Chat icon.  

A student creates a post in a class team channel using text edit options and a sticker attachment

A student's private chats in Teams

Connect with video  

Use meetings in Teams to virtually join your educator and classmates in online classes, study groups, presentations, and whenever you need to learn face-to-face. 

  1. Select Calendar  Meetings button  to see any meetings your educator or classmates have added you to, or any you've created yourself. Select Join when it’s time to meet.

  2. Adjust your audio and video settings, then select Join now.  

    Use the toolbar during the meeting:

    Turn your video on  Video on icon and off   Video off icon.

    Mute  Microphone off Teams meeting toolbar icon and unmute  Microphone on Teams meeting toolbar icon your microphone.

    Share your screen or a document  Share screen button.

    Participate in the meeting chat  .

    See who’s in the meeting  Teams meeting toolbar, participants icon.

Calendar view in Teams

Join button from calendar meeting

Choose audio and video settings for Teams meeting before joining

Teams meeting toolbar

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