Create a class team in Microsoft Teams

Create a class team in Microsoft Teams

Class teams have unique permissions and features for teachers and students. As owners of the team, teachers assign work, share class content, start meetings, and control who can post in the team. Each class team is also linked to its own OneNote Class Notebook. 

Note: Not seeing an option to Join or create a team? Your IT Admin may need to turn on these permissions for you.

Your IT Admin may create suggested classes for you based on your class list and student rosters using School Data Sync (SDS) or another method. Choose the pre-made classes to automatically add your students and set up your class teams.

Note: Having trouble finding your suggested classes? Check with your IT Admin—your school may be handling team set-up in a different way. Learn more about setting up Teams as an IT Admin.

Create a team from suggested classes 

  1. Select Teams  Teams button  from the app bar.

  2. Select Suggested classes  Suggested classes

    If you're using grid view, Suggested classes will be next to the Join or create team button at the top right of Teams. If you're using list view, you'll find it at the bottom of your teams list.

    Selected Suggested classes  

  3. A window will load listing your suggested classes. Choose the classes you'd like to use by selecting the checkboxes.

    Note: Creating a class will add students and get the team ready for you to use. However, you have control over when your students can view the class team.

    Create your class teams window. Select checkboxes to choose classes.

  4. Select Create. When your team tile appears, click to open it.

  5. Your students will be automatically added to your team, but it won't be visible to them yet. This gives you time to get organized, add content, and prepare before they are admitted. Select the Activate banner at the top of Teams to welcome them to the class whenever you're ready.

Create a team from a group

If you don't have suggested classes, you may be able to set up classes using groups pre-made by your IT Admin. Check with them if you're not sure how they've configured your classes.

  1. Select Teams  Teams button  from the app bar.

  2. Hover over the Join or create a team tile and select Create team.

    Create team from a group.

  3. Choose one of the groups made by your school and select Choose group.

    Create new class team

  4. Your students will be automatically added to your team, but it won't be visible to them yet. This gives you time to get organized, add content, and prepare before they are admitted. Select the Activate banner at the top of Teams to welcome them to the class whenever you're ready.

Creating a team from scratch means that you will be adding students to the team yourself, as well as any other identifying details. Contact your IT Admin if you'd like to explore other options for class set-up.

  1. Select Teams  Teams button  from the app bar.

  2. Select Join or create team  > Create team.

    Join or create team

  3. Select Class as the team type.

    Choose a team type

  4. Enter a name and optional description for your class team. For example: Ms. Asher, 3rd period, meets in room 301.

    Create new class team

  5. Select Next.

  6. If you want to add students to your class now, follow the steps to add your students and/or co-teachers as team members. This will add them right away. You can always skip this step for now and add students later on.

Learn more

Add students to a class team

Add co-teachers to a class team

Join a team with a link or code

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