#TeamsTip: Create Assignments

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When using Microsoft Teams with students, Jenallee highly recommends utilizing Assignments! Speaking as both teachers and parents, we love utilizing this feature in Teams during remote learning. When designing lessons online it is necessary to design lessons that are easy to follow and easy to locate. Through utilizing Teams Assignments, my students know exactly what my expectations are and where to locate their work.

When using Teams, it is easy to post content to the General posts, however; this space gets full of content very fast. Students are then scrolling back through conversations to try and locate their assignments and expectations. Through utilizing Assignments students can scroll and find the large box that says assignment or simply click Assignments in the “we” space to see their assignments for this class or click Assignments in the “me” space to see their assignments across all of their classes!

Benefits for Students:

We think the assignments button in the “me” space is Genius! Why?!? As a student, they can simply click the assignments button and see ALL of their assignments and work that is due for the week. When receiving work from 8 different teachers, this is a great way for students to have a built in check list of work to complete!

How do students submit work? This question has come up frequently from teachers, parents and students. Here is a quick video for students explaining how to submit their work.

We are also HUGE OneNote fans and we think it’s a fabulous idea to assign a OneNote page to your students to in order for them to complete their work. A OneNote page makes it so easy for students to use dictation, the drawing tools, math tools, and our favorite tool…IMMERSIVE READER 🙌

How do students use OneNote in an assignment? Imagine giving your students a writing prompt and allowing them to use the dictation feature in OneNote to feel more confident in expressing themselves. Dictation allows the students to go back and fine tune their editing and revising skills. OneNote is also a great way for students to solve math problems and take advantage of the math tools to take quizzes and self asses based on progress and feedback from forms. Another great reason for assigning a OneNote page is that students can use the draw tools to label parts of a map or a diagram, for example. Students can add text boxes, highlight and even draw on the picture or document you assign. Hear what our friends, Mario and Alberto Herraez, otherwise known as the #eTwinz, have to say about assigning OneNote pages to your students in Assignments.

Check out this playlist for families participating in remote learning. 👇

Benefits for Teachers:

Through creating assignments teachers can:

  • Easily see when student’s have viewed their work, turned in their work, and when teachers have returned the work
  • Quickly grade the work with rubrics
  • Organize work for students
  • See assignments across all Teams

So you may be asking “How do I create an Assignment?” Check out this Jenallee video to see the basics!

The Grades tab allows you to see all of your student’s submissions for all assignments in the class. It is one of our favorite features of Teams. You can easily see which students have viewed the work and/or turned in the work. You can also easily open the student’s work, grade and give feedback right from this screen. 💯

Looking for more Teams tips? Check out the #Jenallee Distance Learning Wakelet for additional resources!


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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