One platform, one experience
Teams provides many paths for learning, notes Rory. Recently, when she scanned her list of attendees and checked their activity, “Every single team was on task. They were meeting and they had a shared Microsoft Word document that they were working on collaboratively, and it was amazing. I could tell they were really using this technology to learn.” With Teams, she can communicate with groups working on their distinct collaborative projects, answer questions in Teams chat, and use OneNote for collaboration.
Once norms are created, and expectations are set for students, O’Dea educators can use the Teams platform in many ways—just as they would take advantage of their classroom space differently—depending on teaching style, variations in pedagogy, and course material. David adds, “Our students will occasionally use Teams on their mobile devices, when they have connectivity challenges that preclude using the Teams app on their computers.”
O’Dea educators continue to show David how the platform can be used to deliver remote learning: “Some educators might use Flipgrid to do assessments, there's a lot of educators that use rubric feature when they create assignments,” he explains. “They like to add OneNote resources to assignments using Teams, which they will grade. I have a few educators that use Microsoft Forms for tests and assessments. And I’m starting to see educators using PowerPoint via Teams as they record in Stream—embedding Microsoft Forms throughout the lecture to ensure engagement during their lessons.”
In a time of unprecedented educational disruption, learning at O’Dea High School continues online, much as it did in the “normal” classroom. It’s hard to imagine, David notes, but “we were, it turns out, unwittingly prepared for this. And Microsoft Teams has made it possible.”