Conversations and instant messaging are only one part of Microsoft Class Teams. Its true power shines through when teachers share their resources with their classes through the File Sharing tabs and SharePoint integration.
Students can immediately access files and resources that their teachers upload and continue learning outside of the classroom.
However, many teachers spend hours uploading and moving files in specific Class Teams. Sound familiar?
Luckily, there’s a much more effective way of managing class resources in Office 365.
Instead of storing your main resources in separate Class Teams, we recommend making use of SharePoint by having a central hub for all of your long-term resources – i.e. the ones your pupils will need over and over again, right the way through the school year.
Not only is this faster for you to manage, but by creating a central SharePoint resource library for each subject, you remove the need to duplicate work while allowing teachers and heads of departments to collaborate when creating valuable learning resources.
“Resources quickly become siloed if you only upload them to individual classes,” Darren Hemming, our Teaching and Learning Consultant says.
Darren is a former teacher of Modern Languages and ICT and is a passionate advocate of blended learning. He has also worked with schools, leading several large-scale learning platform projects for local authorities and for Building Schools for the Future.
“I’ve seen the collaboration and sharing of resources work very well across departments, and even across different schools inside of one multi-academy trust.”
Once this central hub is set up, you no longer have to worry about attaching individual files and folders to individuals Class Teams.
Simply select + to add a tab and then add your SharePoint resource library to the Class Team.
Now, we’re not telling you to avoid sharing anything directly in Class Teams.
Of course, if you have a one-off resource to share with your class on a specific topic, sharing only in Teams instead of SharePoint first makes a lot of sense.
However, creating a central library for your main resources and then adding them to Teams is a much faster, straightforward way of file sharing with your classes.