Episode 1: IT IQ Series.

– [Interviewer] So Microsoft
Teams, it's a very cool new service that's part of the Office 365 suite. And,
you know, there's a lot of excitement, there's a lot of ground swell,
how do you see it playing a part in a classroom setting and what is it really? – [Jesse] So, there is a lot of excitement
about Microsoft Teams in classrooms and in education in particular. And
being part of Office 365 which is, as you know, something that's,
very heavily used in the education industry at the moment. What it
does and what Microsoft Teams does is it brings together a whole bunch of
different aspects of Office 365 into the One place. So if you think about OneNote,
if you think about SharePoint files, if you think about even the assignment
function which used to be part of a different product called Microsoft
Classroom, that's now come into Microsoft Teams. So, a
teacher can create a team built on the existing infrastructure of Office 365,
so their existing groups and things like that. They can build teams within
those constructs, and then they're able to go through and share files, have
conversation. They can add in extra third-party add-ins. There's
hundreds of different add-ins that you can add into that classroom
as well. So, it is a lot of excitement. It's a very new product and it's bringing
together a lot of the different functions of Office 365. – Would it be fair to classify
Microsoft Teams as a platform where, say collaboration could meet productivity,
or does it do more than that? – I mean absolutely. Right now today,
absolutely. I would say productivity and collaboration they're combined in
Microsoft Teams is a really good way to put it. I mean even just the ability to
see your Calendar and your OneNote Notebook in the same place. To see
that on your mobile phone, as well as on your desktop computer,
as well as on your laptop or whatever device you might be using.
It really does break down a lot of those collaboration and productivity
barriers. So, it's definitely heading in that direction. – So often times it's asked, you
know, there's such a robust amount of applications within the Office Suite,
how do I know what to use, when, and for what different purpose within
a classroom setting? And how do IT administrators and business leaders in a
school setting actually face that question when it comes to something like
Teams that's been introduced? – So, it's a really good question
and it's one that comes up quite often. Where Teams really works
well is in collaborative groups. So, we would probably say your
year level, or your whole school, or your parent community,
they're going to get really well served in something like Yammer where
they can have conversation, share files, and have that level of collaboration.
Now, a classroom like year 7 English, year 7E English, you have to be more
specific. They're going to be really well served by being able to access a
specific OneNote, a specific File Share, as well as some of those extra
add-ins that have been put in there, whether they're different
applications that run within Teams. So, they're sort of…that's sort of a way
to differentiate some of those use cases for Microsoft Teams. – I mean you've kind of alluded to it.
There's different components of the Office Suite built into Teams,
can you kind of elaborate on what those components might be or
those applications might be? – Yeah. So, the fundamental infrastructure
of heart behind Office 365 is what runs Microsoft Teams. So,
things like SharePoint online, that's part of the Teams. Things
like OneNote running on Teams as well. In the future and part of the
roadmap around Teams is that you'll be able to do more. So,
you'll have things like Skype for business, calling features
coming to Teams in the future as well. You can already do chat, and
you can do IM sort of things in there, but you'll see more of
that coming in the future. – So, it's really powerful in the sense
that it's almost a one-stop shop for your needs and what you would traditionally
go to different applications in the Office Suite for? Would that be fair to say? – Yeah, that's very fair to say.
And I think moving forward it will really start to serve a purpose of being that
one-stop shop. The app that students open, whether that's in their web browser
on their device, on their mobile phone to begin their collaboration in those
individual collaboration groups. – What about the social component of
collaboration, how does Teams really bring that to life? – So, when you're Teams in a classroom
setting and you're using…you've created a group, you know, it might be year 7E
English, in that kind of an environment, you've got this ability to post out on a
forum style, very much like Yammer, and collaborate. So,
you've got the ability to do that. You can share files, you
know, whether that's a OneNote, whether it's a Word document,
PowerPoint, realistically it can be a lot of different things. That's
the kind of collaboration and social engagement you can have. – And so, I take it you're a user
of Teams yourself on the daily? – Yes. – Is there a favorite feature of
yours within the Team stack. – So, do I have a favorite feature?
And that's the ability to have, you know, a wider spectrum of different add-ins, so
things like Giphy. So you can share GIFs, as well as… – Add a bit of personality to your day. – Add a bit of personality to your day.
But I guess beyond that in the education context, it's really going to be
assignments. That's going to be a really key part of Teams moving forward.
The ability to mark, grade, have that continuous reporting, yeah. – If teachers want to enable
Teams in their classrooms etc., what's really the onus on me, say if I
were an IT administrator, to make that really happen and support that? – Yeah. So, for Teams, it's built
on the infrastructure of Office 365. So, there's a requirement there to have
Office 365 and to have those different pieces of the puzzle sort of
turned on and active. We have really good documentation,
docs.microsoft.com/education can walk you through the steps that you
need to take to make sure you are ready for Teams. So that would be
a resource I would recommend. – And do you find that a lot of schools
have already started to take up Teams and there has been that interest supported by
a tangible hands-on experience that's followed it? – Yeah. Definitely, a lot of schools are
looking at this and even education systems are looking at this as something
that's really going to be able to change the conversion in their schools
and change the collaboration nature in their schools. So if you
think about, just even the way that the users are structured, so
you have a different type of user for a faculty, a different type for a
student. You can have professional learning communities. You can even,
you know, have more wider communities as well. So, it does provide a lot of
customization in mind, or with schools in mind. – And Teams you believe is
something that's here to stay? – Absolutely – Brilliant. Any last words for us
Jesse on the Teams front, whether it be deployment, usage, hands-on practice? – So, there's a lot of content online
that I would refer people to look at. Keeping up-to-date with our IT IQ blog
series where we talk about Teams. It's one of those products that's still
very quickly being developed over time. It takes them on a very agile deployment methodology on development
methodology. So it's something that constantly changes. So I definitely encourage people to keep
up-to-date with our blogs, and our social posting as well.
That's where you'll find out the most up-to-date information. – Phenomenal. Thank you
so much. I appreciate that. – [inaudible]

One Comment

  1. Geoffrey McGrath said:

    Hi I would love to know if there is a switch to keep conversations or recover conversations between collaborators?

    June 27, 2019

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