Microsoft Teams Integration with LMS

Microsoft Teams Integration with LMS

To manage an online classroom, educators need a set of tools that work well together to enable them to help them teach as effectively as they would in person. A lot of educators out there already use learning management systems (LMS) to distribute and accept class assignments. With so many schools and universities moving to distance learning, however, there really hasn’t been a great way to hold classes online. We want to help. Recently, we integrated Microsoft Teams into popular LMSs, so you can connect with your students right inside the tool you’re using. Read on for all the details.

Microsoft Teams meeting creation now available in Canvas, Blackboard, Schoology, Brightspace, and itsLearning

Animated image of a meeting being created in Microsoft Teams.

We know that many schools and universities already use learning management systems (LMS) to manage assignments and content for their courses, but sometimes struggle to keep remote students connected as a class. As more schools move their instruction online in response to COVID-19, it is critical that we at Microsoft develop solutions to ease this transition so educators and students can stay connected and focused on learning. Thanks to our partners and their tireless efforts, we all made it possible for you to now set up a Microsoft Teams meeting for your online classroom directly from within your LMS. This new capability allows you to quickly enable remote learning for your students and faculty by bringing the power of Teams directly into your LMS.

Here’s how the world’s leading LMSs are enabling Teams meetings for schools and universities in just 3 steps:

Canvas by Instructure

Canvas users with Office 365 accounts can create Teams meetings from within Canvas for free. Teams meetings can be created using the Rich Content Editor in Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Classic Quizzes, and the Calendar. Once the integration is enabled, educators can create an audio or video meeting from Canvas.

  1. When in the Rich Content Editor, click on the Microsoft Teams icon.

Image showing the Microsoft Teams Meetings icon being selected.

  1. Then select Create meeting link (you will need to sign into your Microsoft Teams account the first time).
  2. Finally, enter a meeting title, date, and time, then click Create.

Now the meeting link will appear for students in Assignments, Discussions, or wherever else in Canvas you can create a meeting. Learn more about the Canvas integration here.

Image showing a class discussion link.

Blackboard

Blackboard users with Office 365 accounts can now create Teams meetings from within Blackboard Learn, both the Original and Ultra Experiences, for free. Schools and universities can use Teams meetings to create, schedule, and launch their online lessons from within Blackboard Learn.

  1. Under Details & Actions, select Books & Tools. Then select Microsoft Teams.

Image showing Microsoft Teams for Blackboard as an available tool in Microsoft Teams.

  1. Then select Create meeting link (you will need to sign into your Microsoft Teams account the first time).
  2. Then enter the meeting name, date, and time and click Create.

Image showing a prompt to add a Microsoft Teams meeting to the Teams Calendar.

Now that the meeting is created, you can join the meeting immediately or select Add to Calendar to add the meeting to your calendar and copy the URL to your clipboard. When you refresh your course, the meeting will appear at the top of your course content page and on your course calendar page. You can learn about the Original version and other integration details here.

Schoology, a PowerSchool Unified Classroom™ product

Schoology users with Office 365 accounts can create Teams meetings from within Schoology for free. Once the Teams app has been installed, head over to any course and create a meeting to host a virtual class.

  1. Click Teams Meeting from the left of your course.
  2. Then select Create meeting link (you will need to sign into your Microsoft Teams account the first time).

Image showing an option to create a Teams meeting link in Schoology.

  1. Then enter the meeting title, date, and time and click Create.

Now that the meeting link has been created, copy the link and insert it into calendar invites, announcements, and other communications to students and faculty. Learn more about the Schoology integration here.

Brightspace by D2L

Brightspace users with Office 365 accounts can create, schedule, and share Teams meetings from within the Brightspace Learning Environment for free. You can get up-and-running immediately through the creation of a custom widget that can be used by educators to create and share meeting links with students.

  1. On your homepage, in the Microsoft Teams meeting custom widget, click Create meeting link (you will need to sign into your Microsoft Teams account the first time).
  2. Then enter the meeting title, date, and time and click Create.

Image showing a meeting link created in Brightspace by D2L. A student has written a comment beneath the link: "Looking forward to it!"

Now that your meeting is created, paste the meeting link into your course announcement, activity feed, discussion, calendar event, or email to notify students. Learn more about the Brightspace integration here.

itsLearning

You can now create a Microsoft Teams meetings anywhere in itsLearning that has a rich text editor. Educators can also copy and insert the meeting link into a calendar event and in “Plans.”

  1. In the itsLearning rich text editor select the Microsoft Teams icon.

  1. Then select Create meeting link (you will need to sign into your Microsoft Teams account the first time).

Image showing the option to create a Teams meeting link in itsLearning.

  1. Then enter the meeting title, date, and time and click Create.

As soon as you save your content, a new Teams meeting will be created and attached. Learn more about the itsLearning integration here.

We look forward to schools and universities being able to manage their virtual classrooms with Teams. With this integration, you can expand your reach by hosting class and office hours in a Teams meeting, accommodating students no matter their location. You can also bring chat, real-time collaboration, and apps together in a safe, always-on learning environment. The best part is this is only the beginning because as Teams evolves, we’ll continue to improve our LMS integrations as well. In the meantime, sign up your school or university for Microsoft Teams today for free.

Are you a developer who wants to enable Teams meeting creation from within your LMS? We’ve got you covered. Learn how to install the Teams app inside of your LMS here.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/24/host-virtual-class-microsoft-teams/

NASA STEM EVENT FOR SCHOOLS

NASA STEM EVENT FOR SCHOOLS

Student Event that STEM’s Beyond the Earth

The countdown is on! Now we just need your STEM-loving students to join in on March 2 at 9:55am PST. That’s when Astronaut Jessica Meir will speak with students around the world in a broadcast from the International Space Station.

Bring this special 20-minute conversation to your classroom from here.

Astronaut and marine biologist, Dr. Jessica Meir made history last year when she partnered with Astronaut and physicist Christina Koch to complete the first, all-female spacewalk. Give your students a chance to hear directly from Jessica about that historic milestone and a host of other inspiring experiences.

Today’s astronauts have diverse backgrounds in STEM fields, including engineering, medicine, geology and a lot more. By engaging with role models like Jessica, students have the opportunity to see how STEM education can lead to future technical jobs.

2020 is a critical milestone for STEM, space travel, and inclusion. It marks 20 years of humans living and working continuously aboard the International Space Station. Your students are the first to grow up during  a time in which humans are living both on Earth and in space. As STEM jobs grow to over 9 million by 2022, it is also a critical time to encourage young people to explore exciting and empowering STEM career paths.

Microsoft Education has partnered with NASA’s STEM on Station team to develop a hands-on STEM curriculum for middle and high school students based on real-life scenarios in space.  The collection celebrates the considerations that astronauts need to think about when living and working in space. It includes the Astro Socks Design Challenge that has students take on the roles of biomechanical engineers and product designers to solve the foot pain astronauts experience in microgravity. The standards-aligned lesson plan incorporates design thinking with an introduction to working with sensors and live data in Excel. It has been designed for the classroom and ready for you to try it out with your students!

Don’t miss out on what’s certain to be an incredible conversation and a milestone moment in the education of your students

Learn more by visiting the Microsoft Education Downlink event page.

Microsoft Blacks@Microsoft Scholarship

Microsoft Blacks@Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

This year, BAM will award two US$5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology.

The scholarships are renewable – winners who continue to meet the criteria are eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a potential total $20,000 scholarship. Up to 24 scholarship runners-up will be eligible for a one-time $2,500 BAM technology stipend based on need.

Requirements

To be considered for a BAM Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a high-school senior of African descent (African American or African).
  • Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation.
  • Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing).
  • Demonstrate a passion for technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.

How to Apply

To apply for a BAM Scholarship, submit your application online through the link below by April 10, 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time with the following items:

  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty or staff member at your school. Letters of recommendation should be original and should not be duplicates of college recommendation letters. (Letters must be on letterhead.)
  • Résumé. Your résumé should include the following information:
    • Extracurricular activities (school and community related)

    • Honors and awards that you have received (if possible, include awards that are technology related)
    • Work experience
  • Picture of yourself. Pictures must be in color.
  • Transcript. Include a copy of your current academic transcript. (Official or Unofficial copies will both be accepted.)

 

Two Essays.
  • In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to engage in the technology industry in your future career. (If you have done exemplary work using technology during high school, please describe that also.)
  • In no more than 250 words, demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship.
 
All materials MUST be submitted through the online application link below. Emailed or mailed documents will not be accepted. For questions please contact BAMScholarship@microsoft.com.

Big Launch Challenge Applications Now Open!

Big Launch Challenge Applications Now Open!

NEW! This year the Big Launch Challenge is being held at the end of the Angel Capital Association’s (ACA) Southeast Regional meeting. The ACA, the world’s largest professional organization for accredited investors, Southeast meeting will focus on angel investing through workshops and keynotes covering regional entrepreneurial ecosystem building, different models and structures of angel investing, the changing face of angels and investor networks, syndication across state lines and more.
 
The Launch Place, with offices in Danville, VA and Research Triangle Park, NC, will host its’ 6th annual pitch competition immediately following the ACA Southeast meeting. The goal of the Big Launch Challenge is to provide early-stage startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors, and for The Launch Place Pre-Seed and Seed Fund to generate deal flow. The top 10 finalists will have 10 minutes to pitch their business plans to a panel of investor judges followed by a short question and answer block.
 
Competition winners will also receive access to several resources provided by The Launch Place including training, networking, mentorship and early-stage prototyping.
 
Deadline to Apply: July 29, 2019
Sweet Briar Engineering Banquet to feature Christine Darden of Hidden Figures

Sweet Briar Engineering Banquet to feature Christine Darden of Hidden Figures

The Lynchburg Regional Technology Council encourages you to attend the Sweet Briar School of Engineering’s banquet on Feb. 22.

Engineers, high school and college students, educators, and members of the public are invited to attend this year’s banquet. The featured speaker is Christine Darden, a retired NASA aeronautical engineer, data analyst, and mathematician featured in “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.”

Sweet Briar’s celebration of National Engineers Week also includes an Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event for high school girls. Click here for more details.

To register for the banquet visit this site: http://sbc.edu/stem/national-engineers-week-banquet/.