#Jenallee Gets Back to Basics with Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is the mecca of collaboration


That’s right… You read that quote correctly! We believe that Microsoft Teams is the “Mecca” of collaboration.

What is a Mecca? Well, according to vocabulary.com ” A mecca is a place that attracts people to it.”

Boom 💥

Drop the mic 🎤

“Micrsoft Teams is the mecca of collaboration” is so fitting. The tools built in to Teams naturally attract people to use them to collaborate.

We frequently hear the question “Is Teams an LMS?” The answer is simply 👉no. Why? Because Teams offers a space for students to truly collaborate and create. Many of the LMS’s we have had experience with are missing these features. They are typically designed to assign and retrieve work from students, while Teams allows for you to assign, retrieve, collaborate, communicate, create, & learn all from within this one application.

In addition, Microsoft Teams is:

  • Easy to use
  • Offers familiar Microsoft tools
  • Offers easy access to other favorite applications
  • Acccessible for each and every student (Learning Tools built in!)
  • Free

Check out this episode of The Jenallee Show to hear what Justin Chando, the Principal Product Manager with Microsoft Education, has to say about Microsoft Teams! Find out what’s new in Teams, the different features available, and how Chando sees Microsoft Teams benefiting all educators.

As you can tell we love Microsoft Teams. Jeni and I have really enjoyed using this application to connect classrooms and students to the world with collaboration projects. We were honored to share our experience and fandom of Teams with the TeacherCast podcast followers. Hear how we are using Teams in our district. Learn about how it works, what you can do with it, how students use it, and how OneNote works with Teams.

Ready to dive in to Microsoft Teams? In a collaboration project with TeacherCast, we have created a few handy dandy tutorial videos. Below is a link to 3 videos from our first series of Teams tutorials. Be on the lookout for another series coming soon!


Jeni Long and Sallee Clark are Instructional Technologists with Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD. This dynamic duo, known as #Jenallee, is passionate about technology integration and making learning accessible & fun for all! Between the two of them, they have presented across the 26 schools in their district, at their Regional Education Service Center, FETC, TCEA, TCEA for Tots, & Central America. They are both MIE Experts, MIE Trainers, Ed to the Max Consultants, and Flipgrid Ambassadors. Jeni has served in education for 20 years as a 6th grade Math Teacher, 7-12 ELA Curriculum Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist and a Science Curriculum Specialist. Sallee has served in education for 14 years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Elementary Librarian, K-12 District Librarian, & Instructional Technologist.


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