ICOM Students all use Microsoft 365 (formally Office 365), a platform that provides users access to their cloud–based Office software which allows you to create, collaborate and share your work.
Students also have access to the usual Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote etc. Students are provided with their own college email address and login details at the beginning of their first year.
Microsoft Teams is a cloud–based hub that brings all the Microsoft tools onto one page. It’s designed to help students and teachers work together efficiently and remotely. Team activity can be set to appear on a feed, and with PC or Mac and a mobile phone, you can keep in touch with your group and the work easily without your email inbox becoming cluttered. ICOM Students have access to individual Teams for each of their subjects, and a Team for the college faculty and all students to come together as a whole. You can find out more about teams and channels here
Key Features of MS Teams
- easily communicate with colleagues
- collaborate on documents, schedules, plans or notes
- @mention someone to get their attention
- initiate and participate in live group conversations, lectures and meetings
- chat privately
- feed activities from your other apps to your Team
- built in compliance for data loss prevention and privacy
It is recommended that students install the desktop version of Teams. It can be accessed directly from a browser on your computer, but it does not provide the same level of functionality.
Installing Teams on your desktop
Log into the Microsoft Office 365 portal online. Click on the Microsoft Teams icon
- Teams will launch in your browser – but you will need a local installation to create meetings
- Click on the profile icon at the top right (your initials or profile picture)
- From the dropdown menu, select Download the Desktop app
- The installation software will now download
- From your browser, or File explorer run the installation file
- Once completed, you may need to reboot your computer
Microsoft have set up an interactive demo of Teams to help you understand how it can be used.