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Microsoft Education – Getting Started with Remote Learning

March 25, 2020

My folks, this is Mike Dawson from the Microsoft education team. I’m coming at you from this nice beach in my background and we are here today to kick off our inaugural very first. And so we’re very excited to be coming out today to talk about our whole new remote learning and distance learning with Microsoft education, and So what I’m going to be doing is going to be your host and we. Have some great guests today? I’m going to share my screen. And show you some of the things that we’re going to be. Doing. So how to kick off. This is our first after one, like I mentioned, I might also in the education team feel free to follow if you’re not already following me out very involved. And this is gonna be the agenda for today. And we’re going to have a similar type of agenda typically, well the latest news and updates Shay is actually going to be talking about our new remote learning community. And actually Dustin Shana. Unfortunately yet. I canceled the last second but she is going to cover him as well. They talk about teams in this remote learning community. And then we’ve gotten edgecator Gillespie’s doing amazing work with teams at scale in her district. So that’s going to be the normal way that we do these events, and we’re going to be doing them daily starting out is we have a Microsoft internal team member talking about the topic, and then we Brown an. Education expert and some who is out there doing this every day in the world of vision as our second guest. And so we’re going to cover lots of different pics. And we have some future webinars. They’re gonna be coming up there will talk about the end. So will be going things like deployment will be having flip grid folks on talking about family in the future. What we talking about other educators had doing remote pedion staff collaboration that just before we get started and again there’s so many resources out there right now a lot of great resources. We really want to make sure that everyone always has access. These are three key resources right now make street go to main Microsoft Edu remote learning site. We’ve got a great teams Edu quick start guide and she’s going to be talking about that in just a little bit and then also for those of you on this call you’re likely already in this remote learning. Community. But if you have others out there who want to join the community we have this link, right here And so edit join our remote learning community and she’s going to be talking about that a bit more very soon. And so always make sure these three links are great ones are a member in terms of today’s updates These are the top three things you want to talk about today. And I’m not going to be going in deep but I will mention them. Yes, yesterday some great work by Justin Chando Angela Tent qinan the engineering team of both teams and canvas came together to allow teams meetings to be integrated into canvas calendar items. So great integration with teams and canvas together, there’s a bunch of information on blog and then tweets and everything out there. It’s just starting to roll out but allows you if you’re already using canvas to integrate teams meetings. Another thing that is a top issue. We’re hearing a lot about it. Hey, I’m your teams, I’m creating meetings I want to be able to control more if I’m the teacher who’s the student who commute who can add people to meetings who can’t add people to meetings we. Have great support document teams meeting rolls. Right here this link. And so if you’re new to the world of teams in meetings and setting things that’s a great document to share around your district or your school and Lastly, there’s so many resources out there right now. We put together away clip which is a resource aggregation tool. And we have a nice way clip put together that curates all the great resources that you can go use right now whether your IT admin whether you’re an educator we have parent resources we have resources for inclusion and DLL. Students. So lots of great resources on that remote way now with that’s today’s news we’re gonna switch over to Shay Harris from our engagement team and she’s going to. Take control the screen. So she gonna kick it over to you. Hello everybody, I am sure Harris an you can hopefully see my teams. I’m gonna walk you through some exciting new things we’re gonna start with if you’re seeing this you’re obviously part of our new enable remote learning community. The reason we created this community is because we wanted to make the world seem a little smaller we wanted to give you all the resources get you the help that you needed to be successful with teams in the quickest way. Possible and at the same time show you the power of teams. So with the enabling remote learning team we created it just over a week ago. We have not done any marketing about this other than word of mouth to get the right people into the new team to help you with your remote learning. Objectives as we move into this new frontier. So if you look at the enabling remote community. We’ve set it up with a bunch of predefined channels. And this is an interesting way for you guys to see how channels work. And the introductions we’ve also pinned amidar teams we’ve leveraged the flip grid app that you can pin to the top of your channel to say, hello. And if you go down you get to actually meet all of us that are monitoring this eam on a minute by minute basis around the Clock ck hoping to give you all the answers to your questions. We go into the announcement section. This is actually a locked down section for us to control to give you information about what’s happening and what’s changing. So here’s the remote web and R that we’re doing right now. The elephant in the room the spam email. I have to apologize on behalf of our entire team. That many of you were inundated with spam email This was an unfortunate incident that we have now corrected it took us longer than we had hoped but you will no longer be receiving spam email there’s a great lesson for us we’re learning right along with th you and it is now taking care of we hope to never r do that to you again. Let’s go into deployments. So deployment channel has a full set of gurus on the back end that are watching and answering your questions in relation to How do I set up teams how ow do I get started what’s the right way for me to? Think about settings profiles etc teams creation and structure you’re going to find tons of conversations in here that are talking about How do I think about my channel structure, what’s the right way in a remote learning community. And our managing a remote learning classroom to use those channels and the idea is the community has lots of good experience that they’re willing to share and it’s been very rewarding to go through and look at these individual. Channels and see just how people are helping each other community helping community. Running a remote class this gets you into the weeds of how to actually set up and host those classes on line you can go through and see the tips and tricks from your fellow community members on the best practices for. Running a remote class meeting settings recordings etc. A staff collaboration. This is a space. That’s mostly for. For them to have conversations around staff collaborations professional development in training this s is all helpful tips and tricks about how to quickly and easily get your staff trained to use teams you whether it’s between staff members staff and faculty, it’s about staff communication or it’s actually getting in there. And doing classroom management with teachers and students there’s links to the met courses. There’s links to the which is our Microsoft educator community, there’s links to our help in Learning Center. For teachers and for students and more. We also have the assistance request This is if you happen to have logged a bug and you’re having problems getting traction or getting results. You can loga request here and we will do our best to track it down. School and system leaders, this is all about this is for leadership to really think through how do they prepare an entire district to go teams in a very short period of time and finally my favorite is your stories in this channel you can. See here, there’s a story from Norway about specifically their experience in two days of working with teams in a remote learning environment. Next, I’m gonna jump over it, and I’m ctually gonna now give you a walkthrough of how to think nk about using teams in a remote learning setting. For example, if you’re familiar with him and just do a top level overview on the left we call this your left navigation. These are all pinned applications that are specifically for you your activity your chats your teams etc when you think about it. Maybe you just gonna need teams as a communication platform the chat functionality can keep you guys you and your peers and staff and teachers and their students they could keep everyone In Sync just. If you just wanted to leverage the chat functionality the ability to use one on one chats or you can do group chats and the nice thing about group chats is you it’s super easy to then name that group chat. And maybe. Keeps helps to keep you organized. So maybe Michael and Rudy, and I are the math teachers and we’re talking about how we’re going to handle remote learning for our students and how we want to the three of us are going to communicate and. Collaborate maybe we’re just going to call this the math experts and you can save that as. Your group chat it makes it far easier in your list of chats to go ahead and find your math experts group channel you can also pin them. By simply. Clicking the little ellipses and pinning that and it will select them to be at the top of your pinned group chats. When I go into teams many of you. I’m sure just trying to figure this out the nice thing about the teams for education version of teams is you get lots of choices for how you use and start using teams. So, for example, if we want to start and create a new team, you’re going to see that you get for actual team types you get a class type of professional learning community type staff and others so think about this. In your remote learning environment of creating the right teams for the groups that you’re trying to get together. If I’m thinking about my class each one of these types honors the relationship for the type of group it is. So, for example, in a class there’s a teacher and students it honors the relationship that the teacher has full control over that team an meaning they can delete any kind of message, that’s posted by any other person they. Can mute a student at anytime and more professional learning is much more about collaboration amongst peers this environment is a great way for teachers to stay connected. To have conversations about what’s working, well things that they’ve tried in this new frontier. The staff team type is all about again, honoring that hierarchy between maybe your principals and teachers or superintendents to principles. And there’s lots of custom experiences in these team types. For example, there’s a custom OneNote notebook that is a companion to each one of these team types. Another is your generic team type. So we think about it how am I gonna use got all these teams here now come on day one I feel a little overwhelmed, well, maybe I want to filter and get organized. Maybe I just want to think about my classes, right now and for that one. I got algebras up next and maybe I just want to think about algebra. So I go into algebra and you can see that the new landscapes really about keeping you focused on the left here we’ve got our channels and you can see how this teacher has scheduled. It has set up per channels to be by kind of interesting topics edsby or extra credit corner and the homework help and she’s gone ahead and posted all of her or tabbed all of these key things that she wants. Her class to have easy access to. So when you’re thinking about keeping students connected and engaged everything is right. There at their fingertips. When I go into class notebooks This is the integrated digital one note notebook that comes with a class team type and when you go ahead and set that notebook up you’re going to have one on one folders between teacher an individual students. Now the students don’t get to see each other’s notebooks. But the teachers get to see them all. And there’s so much more we could go through in here. But this is supposed to just give you a general overview of how to think about setting up and using your team in a remote learning environment. And to finish my section I want to talk about what Mike alluded to at the beginning, which is this Quick guide. So maybe team still seems a little bit overwhelming. We’re going to hand off a link for you to get started very quickly, it will give you all of the key areas of UI to think through and learn to navigate when you are learning to how to use teams. In a remote setting. So with that, that’s all I’m going to cover today. They’ll be more tomorrow in the days to come we hope it was helpful Jerry. Hello everyone, I’m so o glad to be here. Yes, she said, my name is Jerry. Gillespie in honestly today. I’m just transitioning into this team knew I’m coming to you today as a fellow edgecator I’ve been in education for over 20 years. And in my previous role as the administrator of ator of digital integration i really was responsible for g to do what everyone’s doing right now. How do I leverage e digital tools to support my staff? My students to make learning happen. So I’m going to talk about what we did in our district and what I did at scale up to service all of the students and staff in our district I had to figure out how I was going to support. 57 buildings and 41 000 students and 4000 staff members all in this type of transition also we need to talk about two kids right now some of you might have been using teams in the classroom. However? You are not used to this now new type of environment where we’re using it on a daily basis to have to go ahead and have remote learning everyday So let’s look at some resources that we have here for you. I added a lot of information in here about different ways. We used teams I’ve been working with teams for the last three years in my role in our digital integration team We actually started out with collaboration in reaching out but I’ve provided here some other examples of how we used this tool in our district when I started in this position five years ago, I started really paying attention to how. Technology in. Digital tools were used out in everyday life in people ‘S jobs they were fluid they were part of what people did it wasn’t another place that people needed to go it wasn’t something else added to their plate it was. Something that fit right into the workflow of their day. That’s what we appreciated about teams and the whole office 3 60 educational sweet everything fits together an makes your day fluid. And that is really what is going to be key and helping everyone figure out now while we were moving to remote learning. How to bring these tools together? So that they are able to keep that fluid level of instruction going the best that we can, I eing in the classroom being a principle of past of past principle you are not going to replace of course that day to. Day connection. However? This is really going to help you come close to supporting your community right now in the learners as we get through this all together. So it still comes back to those questions for us. We still want to know what we still want to make sure we’re looking at what students know how they’ve learned it, what do we do if they haven’t learned it yet, you know how are we going to make. Sure that our students have access to this information. So it bottom line as we move over into this remote learning we still have to look at instruction and that again, ’cause teachers are always there for their students administrators are there for their students that. That’s why we do what we do every day So we’re going to talk me to talk about ways that we can use teams in order to set that foundation for your teachers your staff your students, so that we can keep the learning moving forward. So now when we look at here I want you I put some information here and I want you to look at really that cycle with teachers are going through right now if you’re supporting any of them trying to wrap Their head around and we’re looking at productivity right? So if we looked at that productivity, this is what happens in the beginning of the school year, and that’s where a lot f people I know questions that have come to me have been hey ow do I set up. A class and teams it’s. Similar to flee crossover what those e questions that we have in the beginning of the school year when we come back usually in August right. What is my classroom setup going to be what is my instructional calendar, but it could be how does my content look who am I going to be able to set up at are the expectations and a lot of the resources we have have especially in the remote learning talk about ways to set up that classroom ways to set up that remote classroom in team. So that you can have some productivity and some workflows for yourself and for your students. The next area is where lot of of teachers go to is that collaboration piece because once we’ve got our classroom setup were thinking how are we going to going to connect to the people around us how am I going to connect t to my staff if I’m a building leader how am I going to connect to my grade level or my Department support system how am I going to connect to my students how am I going to connect to? My parents again, there are some there are resources there about thinking about how I can use teams to be able to do that. Using the meetings app and setting up class meetings being able to use those chat features as Shay showed and being able to meet with your fellow teachers or Department or staff members. And then the next thing your gonna wanna talk about or think about is that digital citizenship piece. These are the expectations of what’s going to happen while you’re in that remote learning class, how our students going to respond to an answer an answer, how are students going to join a class, how what is that schedule. Going to look like what is s the expectations to what you’re going to have for your remote learning classroom once you start thinking that go back to what. And this will help specially if you’re trying to support those teachers or rolling this out throughout the whole school Ahold District to go back to what really what your teachers know, they’re master what they do it’s just. Applying what they know back to a different medium to be able to get that out to their students. Then we really look at that instructional support in how we’re going to use these pieces in these parts getting into assignments. How are you? Going to assign how are we going to embed maybe the tools that we have the applications we have the access to flip grid or the class notebook using assignments to be able to share information and get those out to students. To pull that back in there are lots of resources for that too that we have out available and I know, that Mike’s going to share some. Places where you can get access to these resources, but this is where you want to look at your workflow of how you want your students to be able to consume the information that you’re producing in your team so that. They in turn can produce something back that is really what we’re trying to do is to have that transfer of knowledge and information in application where we start where we have our producers of information as our teachers in. Our staff and then students are allowed to consume that information to be able to. Take it in learn how to master it, so that they can apply those skills, and then produce themselves. So it’s thinking about the lines of how you’re going to follow that flow for that instructional support and then the ownership and learning and their career college and career success that happens along with that is just going To follow along with you as long as you follow through this cycle of being able to think in sat out ahead of time what you want this to look like. If you are there in supporting your people know get to really know the people that are there in listening to their questions. I always say, no, you’re people we sent out surveys to collect information have them ask them how they’ve set up their systems before. For example, if they use documents a lot and relied on a lot of self made documents talk about being able to store their documents in their class materials folders in their teams. Instead of having to rework a lot of information if they used a lot of class handouts and or online links, then they’re going to want to use more of the class notebook to be able to act add those kind. Of materials in have teachers reflect on what where and going back to what they used to do in their system So that they can set up that same kind of workflow in their remote learning. It’s OK if you are a support person instructional oach a technology coach and administrator or like I said some quick surveys to see where your staff is at where students at because that goes along way to figure out what kind. Of support there going to be needing after that. Build a network of collaboration and support this is really key you want to really make sure that you’re using those tools like the remote learning community to ask questions and reach out to people don’t be afraid to reach. Out to us here at Microsoft we are here to help build a network between your teachers if you can between any of your Department your administrators leadership teams. Really building that network of collaboration and support we are all in this together, it goes along way in being able to support people as they are moving to this remote learning. In that into this remote learning place. And I think now, I think Mike is going to go ahead and talk about some other areas of where you can find those resource to make those connections in the network that I was talking about. There we go sorry about that. So this is Mike Again, and hopefully my screen is coming through just as a recap of just the top resources we talked to getting this is again our very first show. So we’re just kind of getting the basics down but our remote learning site quick start for teams that Shay showed then this is more for other people who haven’t yet joined community definitely share this link out. Anne what we’re gonna start doing is every day and we, I just posted in a post the PowerPoint I Anna Library that you’ll be able to get this is a temporary location but you can download the PowerPoint from. Today Right here and will have a place where you can put all the power point links and videos were just getting up and running and will get back to you soon on where to get that and then also just A. Reminder you can go directly for an educator or school that needs real quick support and maybe you don’t have. Premier support you can go to this link Right here and we have support agents. And so make sure to share that amongst your school. And then in the future and right now the future is we’re only planning these at a couple days at a time cause this is brand new. So this is again, this is our inaugural event we will be doing more and we’d love to hear ideas that you have about what you want to learn about. But over X couple of days tomorrow. We’re going to be doing I t admin and deployment we’re gonna have bills Slosson Rust along for mom and then we’re going to be having. Scott Texting edgecator out in the New Jersey area talking about what they’ve done with deployment and administration and training on Thursday. We’ve got the flip grid folks forgot Charlie Miller Joyanne ingest there always a ton of fun. And then on Friday we’re going to be talking about staff collaboration and distance learning. And this will get updated with more and more people and events as we get it figured out but the lucky folks are on day this is our experimental version so hopefully every time time it’ll get better. We’re learning. We want your feedback on how to do this even better because were brand new IT were really just trying to get the information out to our community and help everyone be more successful. So thank you very much, and we will see you soon goodbye.


  • Reply Atabey Quliyev March 24, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Hi greetings from Azerbaijan Republic

  • Reply lurchHa3 March 25, 2020 at 2:33 am

    I would like to see the best way to work through a class of grades…. how do you efficiently get through a list of assignments turned in from students, keeping in min there is a mix of 100 students, some have turned stuff in, some have only viewed, some haven't done anything yet… how do you plow through the work as efficiently as possible?

  • Reply The Falcon 22 March 25, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    where is the link to the remote wakelet? Thank you so much for this training 🙂

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