Let’s face it: we've all run into problems working on group projects. Coordinating meeting times in-person or figuring out where to upload files can be a huge hassle.
Enter Microsoft Teams. In Teams, group members can collaborate on projects in many ways. Here are some of the top ways you can work together in Teams.
Note: Some of these features may not be available in Microsoft Teams depending on your school or district's settings.
1. Collaborate in the Conversations tab
The Posts tab in any team's General channel acts a little bit like a social media thread, but for getting work done.
Start conversations and get people’s attention by selecting New conversation and @mentioning their names in the Compose box before posting your message. Select Attach to share files, pictures, and anything else your group needs to reference for the project. Everything you add will be automatically saved in the Files tab of your channel.
2. Create your own team
Microsoft Teams isn’t just for the classroom. Organize your own study groups by inviting your classmates to a team. Select + Join or create team > Create a new team and choose the Other team type. The app will walk you through a few steps to name your team and invite some members. From there, you’re set!
3. Group video calls in Teams
Not able to meet up together in-person as a group? No problem! Select the audio or video call icons from a group chat to launch a call right now. You’ll be able to share screens and discuss them as you chat, too.
4. Collaborate on documents
Microsoft 365 file types like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel can be coedited right from Teams.
Select a document to open it, then select Edit in Teams. Select the Start conversation button to move your document over and start a conversation to the right of your file. Exchange ideas there while looking at the document together.
5. Work on notes together in OneNote in Teams
If your class team is using a linked OneNote Class Notebook, navigate to the class and select Class Notebook. There, you and your classmates can brainstorm together in the Collaboration Space. Any channels your educator has added to the team will show up as sections in the Collaboration Space, too.
If you’re working in your own team, go ahead and select Add + > OneNote in a channel to add a new tab and create a OneNote notebook for your whole team to share.