#ICYMI: April 17, 2020 Edition

Educational Technology is putting together a In Cased You Missed It list of articles, resources, and other items that we have been sharing. We will continue these posts through out the rest of the semester.

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Best Practices: Teams

Educational Technology has worked to put together our list of some of the top best practices you should use for Teams. This list will be updated frequently as we come across new suggestions.

End meeting

The new “End meeting” feature in Microsoft Teams allows a meeting organizer to end the call for all participants. #panicbutton


Custom backgrounds

New backgrounds are available now in Teams video calls. Uploading a custom image is coming soon.


Record a presentation & screen share in Teams

Using “Meet now” to Record a Presentation and Share your Screen 

Use the “Meet now” feature in Microsoft Teams to record yourself giving a presentation with your web camera, microphone, and screen sharing. The recording is saved automatically to your Stream account. Watch our 2 minute video in Stream to learn how.

Create a Stream Channel using a Group or Team

Stream is our Office365 video streaming solution. To organize videos or allow others (students in your class) to share videos with the group, you can create a Group Channel from an Outlook Group or a Team.

VPN for off-campus access

Virtual Private Networking or VPN is intended to provide access to on-campus resources from off-campus. You only need VPN to access Colleague (Datatel), WordPress blog administration (Voices, Spaces, Discover), and file shares such as the O: drive. 

The College’s supported VPN software is Global Protect which is available for Windows, Mac, and now mobile devices. Visit the IT wiki for directions.

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Upcoming Microsoft Education Events

Want to join other educators and Microsoft Education to talk about remote learning? Then check out this upcoming twitter event happening on April 21st @ 1PM EDT with the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet. For more information visit the Microsoft Education blog.

Who are we Following

Did you know that Microsoft Education has quick video tips with their “You Can in :90” series? Watch these 5th graders use Microsoft Word to coauthor a document like pros. If they can do it, you can too!