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Types of Teams

When creating a new team in Microsoft Teams, you may select from one of two teams; Classes and Staff Members. See the table below to learn which team best suits your teaching and learning goals.

To request a new team, please go to the Collaboration Services Requests page.

Team Type Classes Staff Members
Description For instructors and students collaborating on group projects, assignments, and more. For staff leaders and staff members collaborating on school administration and development.
Team owners and team members Instructors are team owners and add students as team members. Staff leaders are team owners and add staff members as team members.
Permissions Instructors moderate student conversations and who can post where. Students only have write permissions in certain areas. Staff leaders control posting settings. Staff members only have write permissions in certain areas.
Features
  • Class Notebook
  • Assignments
  • Conversations
  • Files
  • Video and audio calls
  • Chat (if enabled)
  • Pinning new tabs with documents or sites like Microsoft Forms
  • Staff Notebook
  • Conversations
  • Files
  • Meetings
  • Video and audio calls
  • Chat (if enabled)
  • Pinning new tabs with documents or sites
Educational Goals
  • Assign, track, and review student work
  • Export grades
  • Collaborate and communicate in the classroom
  • Make announcements
  • Administer quizzes and polls
  • Work in student groups
  • Share and organize rich content
  • Invite virtual experts into the classroom
  • Oversee professional development, staff, and administrative goals
  • Communicate
  • Make announcements
  • Share content and progress reports
  • Work in smaller groups
  • Organize virtual or face-to-face meetings

Last Updated: 7 June 2019

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