We're moving to Teams
And here's how to do it...
Even though we've been using Zoom and WhatsApp quite effectively to conduct our online classes, we felt that things can be better. We explored many other options including Google Classroom and Google Meet. However, we decided to switch over to Microsoft Teams and OneNote for Education because it is like Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Classroom and OneNote combined!
- We can video-conference. (Like duh! Nothing special anymore.)
- We can chat. WhatsApp is messy and it gets buried very quickly these days. With Teams chat, we can @mention and we have a channel for asking questions and a separate channel for announcements, etc.
- We can have a super powerful notebook! With OneNote, you can submit your classwork and homework using the camera on your phone and your tutor will be able to see it real-time. It is like WhatsApp but we will not end up with dozens of photos of foolscap papers in your gallery. Your homework will not get buried anymore! Best of all, everything is saved and we will all have a record of what you are capable of!
- We can record the meeting. Ok, so do Zoom and Google Meet. But hey, the recordings in Teams appear automatically after each session so there is no need for sending links anymore!
Anyway, what you need to do is to follow the simple steps below and you will be able to experience Teams and OneNote in no time! See you on the other side!
Step 1: Install Microsoft Teams and OneNote
You should install Microsoft Teams and OneNote for both your desktop/laptop and mobile phone. At the minimum, you'll need Teams installed on your desktop/laptop for the meetings and you'll need OneNote on your phone for taking photos of your work for submission.
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-sg/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/download-app to download Teams.
Go to Microsoft Store or your relevant app stores to download and install OneNote. OneNote is available for Windows, Mac, iOs and Andriod devices.
Step 2: Set up your account on mobile device
Your tutor will send you the username and password. You'll need the username and password to set up. Follow the steps described below closely or follow the steps in the video.
Click here for the video.
- Sign into your Teams on your mobile device. You should be able to see your class code under the Teams tab.
Tap on the General channel.
- In the General channel, you will find more tabs such as: POSTS, FILES, MORE.
Click on MORE.
- Tap on "Class Notebook" to link your OneNote app to your Teams account.
- You will be directed to your OneNote app. Sign in using your log-in credentials if necessary.
Step 3: Set up your account on desktop/laptop
Open your Teams app on your desktop/laptop and log into your account using the same username and password given.
You should be able to see your class. Click on it and you will be able to see the Class Notebook tab.
Everything will be in sync. What you did on your desktop/laptop will be synced with your apps on your mobile device.
Congratulations! You are done and ready!
How to join a lesson?
We strongly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop for our live lessons (or meetings).
- On the left panel, you will see a button for "Calendar." Click on "Calendar."
- On the calendar panel, click on "Work week" at the top right corner and select "Week" so that you can see Saturday and Sunday.
- Click on the lesson you want to join on the calendar. You can check the details. Click on "Join" on the top right corner to join the lesson (or meeting).
How to submit a photo of my work during lesson?
You will have to send your work to your tutor during the lesson so that the tutor can monitor your progress and give you feedback accordingly.
You can take a photo of your work and send it via OneNote or if you have a laptop that supports a stylus pen (Surface or Apple Pencil), you can write directly onto your OneNote app.
Click here for the video.
To take a photo and submit via OneNote.
- Open up your OneNote app on your phone and tap on "Classwork."
- Tap on a new page (or Untitled page).
- Key in the date and details of that lesson. Tap on the blank space below and tap on the camera icon to start your camera.
- You can crop, rotate and annotate on your photo before sending. Sorry, no filters. This is not Instagram ok!
Tap on "Done" to upload your work.
This is how you will submit your homework as well.