How do I get started with Teams?

If you're new to Teams or looking to learn something new, check out this article.

Written By Jay Heath (Administrator)

Updated at May 11th, 2020

If you're not sure what Teams is or why you'd need it, you may want to start with "What is Teams?". When you're ready, here are some tips to get started.

First Steps to Get Started with Teams:

Download Teams

Try it out!

  • Go to the Chat tab and start a chat to someone on the tech team to say Hi!
  • Go to the Calendar tab - it shows the same events as your Outlook calendar! This is an easy way to join events that have Teams meeting - click Join to start the meeting. Try to schedule a meeting with someone on the tech team and let's check-in!
  • Go to the Teams tab - what teams do you see? Check out the Teams, and expand the team to see the channels.
  • Go to the Activity tab - here, all the new activity in chats or teams is collected for you to see in one place.
  • Set your personal settings and notifications - do you want to see a notification when something happens in Teams? Maybe for some teams but not others? Or change how something behaves?
  • In addition to many teams and channels for all kinds of professional collaboration, check out a few fun channels that your colleagues have created (and consider creating your own channelin #Everyone to chat with folks who have similar interests - maybe sports, gardening, etc.):
    • The Food Channel - Overlake foodies (and aspiring foodies) unite to share recipes, restaurants, and more.
    • Herding Cats - discussion about parenting strategies during quarantine.
    • Teaching Online - discussion around best practices of teaching online.
    • Help! and Tips! - the general fix-it channel for help to fix things and share strategies you've used to get working again. Includes lots of tips from the technology and other teams to make your work and life easier while using technology.

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