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Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, meetings, files, and apps together in one place. Because it’s built on Office 365, schools benefit from integration with their familiar Office apps and services. It delivers enterprise-grade security and compliance that is extensible and customizable to fit the needs of every school.

With Microsoft Teams, your school or institution can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, communicate with school staff, coordinate research across institutions, or more easily facilitate student life efforts like clubs or extracurricular activities – all from a single experience in Office 365 for Education.

Microsoft Teams saves time, deepens connections and simplifies everyday logistics. This allows staff to focus on their roles as educators, researchers, and leaders in your school or institution. Students benefit from easy-to-access online classrooms, recorded lessons, and one-on-one meetings with teachers.

This guide is for IT admins in education, including those who haven't yet deployed Teams. This guide will help you get started with:

  • Enabling Teams for students
  • Learning what kind of controls are available to manage Teams within your school
  • Finding partner services through references to external documentation

This guide is designed to get you started quickly with configuration recommendations specific to Teams in schools. It's not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it is a good starting point.

If you've already deployed Teams (as a pilot or full deployment) and are looking for pointers on how to use Teams, see Microsoft Teams for Education.

Before you begin

  1. Deploy School Data Sync to make it easier for educators to automatically create Teams. Contact https://aka.ms/sdssupport for deployment assistance.
  2. Configure the correct ports and protocols for Teams. See Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges.
  3. Prepare your school's network for Teams.
  4. Choose a team type. Teams for Education offers three new types of teams (for a total of four). To understand the differences and use cases of each, see Choose a team type to collaborate in Teams.

Quick start - Teams planning guide

Step 1: Get your people together

Assemble a group of individuals from staff, educators, and the educator community to act as the stakeholder & decision-making group for your Teams deployment.

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Step 2: Prioritize your scenarios

Collaboration and communication are about people! Pick the most relevant scenarios for your organization instead of talking about features and functions. Check out the Microsoft 365 FastTrack Productivity Library for examples to help you define scenarios for your school. Successful Teams deployments often center around highly collaborative teams that work closely together, such as classrooms, professional learning communities, and extracurricular student groups.

🏆 Best practice:

Plan Teams with Teams! Customers who use Teams to plan their deployment ease the change curve for key stakeholders. Consider creating a team called Microsoft 365 Deployment and creating channels for the various workloads you want to deploy. Your team might look something like this:

Step 3: Conduct pilots and deploy Teams

You’ll want to conduct an initial Teams pilot with your educators, both champions and early adopters, for one or more of the scenarios you selected above. A pilot gives you valuable information about how Office 365 and Teams are received in your organization. Select an interested group of users and a prioritized business scenario to get started.

Once your pilots are complete, you’ll have the feedback you need to plan your broad Teams deployment. Be sure your deployment plan integrates your prioritized scenarios to ensure your school is getting the most from Office 365 and Teams.

Step 4: Measure usage, manage satisfaction, and drive adoption

To successfully drive adoption of Office 365 and Teams, stay focused on your educator’s experience. Here’s a quick checklist of our best practices to get you started.

  1. Read the Office 365 Adoption Guidance for best practices. Also available to you is our supplemental content for creating a change management strategy for Microsoft Teams to document your approach.
  2. Study Office 365 activity reports to understand usage across your school. If you aren’t an Office 365 admin, ask your admin to give you Reports Reader permissions so you can access activity reports.
  3. Capture feedback from your educators on their experience with Office 365 and Teams. Use a channel in Teams when your school has fewer than 5000 individuals. Use a public group in Yammer when your school is larger than this current membership limit in Teams.
  4. Nurture your champions and highlight your wins. Reward educators for embracing these new tools and using them in innovative ways. This, above anything, ensures continued adoption of Office 365 and Teams.

Turn on or off Microsoft Teams Licenses

Teams is a cloud-based service. Once an educator or student has a valid license and Teams has been enabled, they can run the desktop, web, and mobile Teams clients. They can install these clients themselves -- the IT admin doesn't need to deploy these clients. You can manage individual user licenses for Microsoft Teams by using the Microsoft 365 Admin Center or by using PowerShell. See Office 365 licensing for Teams for information about both methods . This is valuable to understand if you are interested in piloting Teams before broad enablement.

Configure Teams for your school

Important

Starting June 2019, all Teams for Education admins should use the Microsoft Teams admin center to manage all their Teams policies. Teams for Education policies can no longer be managed in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. For more information, see Manage Teams during the transition to the new Microsoft Teams admin center.

You can easily manage all Teams policies in the Microsoft Teams admin center by signing in with your admin credentials.

Important

You can run the Teams for Education Policy Wizard to easily apply policies for your students, educators and staff. The tool adjusts the Global (Org-wide default) policy definition of a core set of policies with settings that we recommend for student safety and applies it to students. The tool also creates and assigns a set of custom policies to educators and staff. If you already used the wizard to apply policies for your students, educators and staff, use this article as a reference or only if you want to manually create and manage policies for your students, educators and staff.

Settings in the Microsoft Teams admin center are not managed based on user license type. Instead, we suggest that you define different policies to manage which capabilities are available to your users. To configure a policy, click the policy in the left navigation of the Microsoft Teams admin center. Here's an example of messaging policies.

With policies, you can turn on and turn off features at the per-user level. Here’s how policy assignments work:

  • By default, every new user will get the Global policy (tenant-level settings).

  • A user can be assigned a pre-canned user policy created by Microsoft if it meets your requirements. These pre-canned policies are not editable by admins. If you want to manage these in the future, create new custom policies and assign the custom policies to users.

  • A custom policy can be assigned to any user. To create a new custom policy, click Add, choose the settings you want for the policy, and click Save. Then assign the custom policy to a user by going to Users in the Microsoft Teams admin center or by using a script.

How to enable different policies for faculty and students

To have custom settings for faculty and students (for example, Chat is enabled for faculty but not for students), there are two methods to create and assign them:

  • Use the PowerShell module to run a script to create and assign multiple policies. See the Appendix for script examples and documentation.
  • In the Microsoft Teams admin center, create a new custom policy and assign the policy to users on the Users tab.

Note

Until a custom policy is assigned to a user, the user will be using the Global policy setting. This means that if Chat is enabled in the Global policy and disabled in the custom Student policy, until the custom policy is assigned to the student, the student can use Chat. In this case, it may be easier to disable Chat globally and use custom policies to enable Chat for faculty.

Use policies and settings to enforce student safety measures

To maintain student safety, you should use administrative policies to control who can use private chat and private calling, who can schedule meetings, and what content types can be shared.

View Keeping students safe while using Teams for distance learning for more details on what policies and setting updates you need to make within your environment to keep it safe for students.

Appendix

How to create and assign a messaging policy

  1. See whether any of the available policies in your tenants suit your requirements by running Get-CsTeamsMessagingPolicy.
  2. If not, create a new policy by running New-CsTeamsMessagingPolicy -Identity <policy name> -<parameter name> -<parameter value>.

For more information, see Set-CsTeamsMessagingPolicy

Sample script

See PowerShell script sample - Create and assign a messaging policy.

Distribute to clients

Teams has clients available for web, desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux), and mobile (Android and iOS). These clients all require an active internet connection and do not support an offline mode. To get the latest details on the functionality and methods of distribution of each of these clients, check out our topic to Get clients for Teams.

The setup file for the Teams client is an executable file that can be downloaded by admins and end users from the Teams downloads page. Educators and students on desktops can install the application if they have the appropriate privileges. IT Admins can also distribute the installer and through their existing client distribution tools.

End users with mobile devices can download the Microsoft Teams app from the mobile platform’s app store.

Operating system requirements

WindowsmacOSLinuxiOSAndroid
7 and later10.10 and laterDEB or RPM10 or later4.4 and later

Internet browser support

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Teams fully supports the following Internet browsers, with noted exceptions for calling and meetings. This table applies to operating systems running on desktop computers.

BrowserCalling - audio, video, and sharingMeetings - audio, video, and sharing123
Internet Explorer 11Not supportedMeetings are supported only if the meeting includes PSTN coordinates. To attend a meeting on IE11 without PSTN coordinates, users must download the Teams desktop client.
Video: Not supported
Sharing: Incoming sharing only (no outgoing)
Microsoft 365 apps and services will not support Internet Explorer 11 starting August 17, 2021 (Microsoft Teams will not support Internet Explorer 11 earlier, starting November 30, 2020). Learn more. Please note that Internet Explorer 11 will remain a supported browser. Internet Explorer 11 is a component of the Windows operating system and follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed.
Microsoft Edge, RS2 or laterFully supported, except no outgoing sharing4Fully supported, except no outgoing sharing
Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), the latest version plus two previous versionsFully supportedFully supported
Google Chrome, the latest version plus two previous versionsFully supportedFully supported
Sharing is supported without any plug-ins or extensions on Chrome version 72 or later.
Safari 14+1:1 calls not supported. Group calls fully supported.
Video: Fully supported
Sharing: Fully supported
Meetings: Fully supported
Video: Fully supported
Sharing: Fully supported
Safari 13.1+1:1 calls not supported. Group calls supported with full audio support.
Video: Incoming only
Sharing: Fully supported
Meetings are supported with full audio support.
Video: Incoming only
Sharing: Fully supported
Firefox, the latest version plus two previous versionsNot supportedMeetings are supported only if the meeting includes PSTN coordinates. To attend a meeting on Firefox without PSTN coordinates, users must download the Teams desktop client.
Video: Not supported
Sharing: Incoming sharing only (no outgoing)
Safari versions before 13Not supportedMeetings are supported only if the meeting includes PSTN coordinates. To attend a meeting on Safari without PSTN coordinates, users must download the Teams desktop client.
Video: Not supported
Sharing: Incoming sharing only (no outgoing)
Safari is enabled on versions higher than 11.1 in preview. While in preview, there are known issues with Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention.

1 To give and take control of shared content during sharing, both parties must be using the Teams desktop client. Control isn't supported when either party is running Teams in a browser. This is due to a technical limitation that we're planning to fix.

2 Blur my background isn't available when you run Teams in a browser. This feature is only available in the Teams desktop client.

3 Teams meetings on browsers are limited to a single incoming video feed of active speaker.

4 Edge RS2 or later doesn't support sending real-time audio and video traffic through HTTP proxies.

Note

As long as an operating system can run the supported browser, Teams is supported on desktop computers. For example, running Firefox on the Linux operating system is an option for using Teams.

For mobile operating systems, we recommend that you run the Teams app, available from the Android and iOS stores. Running Teams in a mobile operating system is supported, but many features are unavailable.

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Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place. Because it's built on Office 365, schools benefit from integration with their familiar Office apps and services. Your institution can use Microsoft Teams to create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and communicate with school staff all from a single experience in Office 365 for Education.

To get started, IT administrators need to use the Office 365 Admin Center to enable Microsoft Teams for your school.

Note

If you have an EDU license at the Office 365 tenant level you must enable Teams from the Microsoft 365 admin center. To do this, go to the Microsoft 365 admin center Settings> Settings > Microsoft Teams. If you don’t see Microsoft Teams in the Services list, turn off Try the new admin center to find Settings> Services and add-ins> Microsoft Teams. This change may take up to 24 hours for all users to have access to Teams.

Enable Microsoft Teams for your school

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.
  2. Click Admin to go to the Office 365 admin center.
  3. Go to Settings > Settings >Microsoft Teams.
  4. Click “go to the old admin center Settings page” to navigate to our non-preview settings page and select Microsoft Teams from within the Settings> Services list.

Microsoft Teams Online Sign In

Figure 1 - Select Microsoft Teams from the list of services

  1. On the Microsoft Teams settings screen, select the license that you want to configure, Student or Faculty and Staff. Select Faculty and Staff.

Figure 2 - Select the license that you want to configure

  1. Select to turn on Microsoft Teams for each license type in your organization.

Figure 3 - Turn on Microsoft Teams for your organization

Microsoft Teams For School Administrators

  1. Click Save.

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You can find more info about how to control which users in your school can use Microsoft Teams, turn off group creation, configure tenant-level settings, and more by reading the Guide for IT admins getting started guide in the Meet Microsoft Teams page.

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