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Find and organize conversations, files, assignments, and notes in your class teams.

Click on the tile for your class team to see your channels.


Every class team comes with a General channel.

Channels organize all the files, conversations, and apps for a topic in one place. Channels can be created for group work, topics, units, and more.

Every channel has tabs. The General channel has these tabs:

  • The Posts tab for all the messages in this channel.

  • The Files tab to store all the files shared in this channel.

  • The Class Notebook tab.

  • The Assignments tab for creating assignments.

  • The Grades tab for tracking student progress and grading. 

Tip: Add a tab to any channel by selecting Add a tab  Add button

Tile for a class team

The General channel in a class team

Tabs in the General channel

Add channels

  1. To add a channel, select More options  next to your class team’s name, then Add a channel.

  2. Enter a Name and an optional Description for your channel.

  3. Choose whether you’d like your channel to be Standard or Private. Standard channels will be available to everyone. Private channels will only be available to students you choose.

  4. Check the box to automatically show this channel in everyone’s channel list.

  5. Click Add.

Select Add channel.

Check notifications

See what’s happening in class by selecting Activity in your app bar.

Activity in Teams


Every class team has a main discussion area, the General channel. Under General, Your teacher may create more channels to organize topics, projects, and more. 

  • All channels include a Posts and a Files tab.

  • The Posts tab is where you, your classmates, and your teacher can all start and reply to conversations.

  • Look for shared documents in the Files tab.

  • Along with Posts and Files tabs, the General channel has Assignments, Class Notebook, and Grades tabs.

Channels in a class team and tabs within the General channel


Check the Activity feed to make sure you don’t miss a new assignment or an @mention.  

A student's notifications in the Activity section

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