Teams Notifications & More

Are you getting too many notifications?

Not enough?

Do you feel like you are missing information?


Sometimes our preferences change.  At the beginning of the year, you probably visited your settings in Teams with one desire in mind.  Now that you have a handle on Teams, let’s take a look to see if the settings still fit your needs.

Take two minutes today to revisit Teams settings.  

  •  Start by opening MS Teams.  Click your profile picture in the top right-hand corner to find the settings.

  •   In the “Notifications” panel, check each category
    • Email – do you need email notifications when something is posted in Teams?  If you have a good handle on Teams, I recommend “Daily” or “Off”.
    • Appearance and sound – do you want the desk-top pop-up with the option to reply?  what about the sound?  I realized that if I was in a meeting, or working on a project the sound was a distraction for me.
    • Teams and channels – go through each option (chat, meetings, people, and other) and edit your personal preferences.
      • Banner – means you will receive a larger notification in the corner of your screen
      • Feed – means messages will appear in your activity feed (unread ones will be bolded)
      • You will also note that a channel will appear bolded if there is new activity.  


More Tips in Teams

Have you ever received a chat message at the same time class begins, someone walks into your office, or while you were in a meeting… and then you forgot to follow up?!  Don’t worry, you are not the only one.  Here are a couple of things to try that may cut down on that happening.

  • Pin Chats (and channels!)– if you click the three dots to the right of any individual chat, a menu will appear, like in the image below.  Select pin chat.  All pinned chats will appear at the top of all chats.  This is very helpful so that important chat groups do not get buried!  If the chat was specific to a time range, you can unpin when it’s no longer relevant.  I have the “Staff General” and “Staff Bulletin” channels pinned in Teams.


  • Mark as unread – within any chat, you can hover your mouse over the place in the conversation you would like to mark as unread.  The chat will then reappear bolded in your chat feed so you can refer to it later.

  • Save this message – in the same place as mark as unread, you have the option to “Save this message”, it has a bookmark symbol to the left of it.  The only problem with this one is that you will then have to remember to access your saved messages.

ALSO, you can type “/” in the Teams search bar to see a list of commands


For more information on MS Teams check out this article from Ditch That Textbook – How to Manage MS Teams Like a PRO

NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 22, 2020


Today on the NCPA #virtualschool #edtech Briefing we talked about two outstanding tools and how you can give praise in Teams.

  1. Mentimeter with Jane Francis
  2. NewselaPro with Rebecca Battistoni
  3. Give Praise in Teams – Lisa Hughes

For questions about any of these tools feel free to reach out to us!

Thanks for watching


NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 20, 2020


Today Nate Cooper and Steven Groene were the guests!  Here is what they shared:

  1.  Nate Cooper – Student Engagement:  Nate shared several strategies that he uses for student engagement on the macro and micro level. You can access his slides with additional resources like discussion protocols,  HERE.
  2. Steven Groene –  A completely FREE tool that modifies text for English Language Learners.  Steven shares a few ways to use the tool that go beyond just copy/paste and simplifying text.

Link to PowerPoint

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, September 22

Welcome back to the NCPA #edtech Blog!  Today starts the reboot of the #edtech Briefings.  I will host this chat every Tuesday and Thursday from now on at 7:30am CST.  Here is what we covered today:

  1. MS Teams Tips – Lisa
  2. Seesaw Feedback – Elizabeth
  3. Making Connections – Padlet
  4. Call for Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

If you have ideas, topics, or would like to make a contribution on an upcoming episode please let me know.

Zoom + Teams!

Zoom is now integrated with Teams! How exciting is that you can have two most popular meeting apps together in one place! The following tutorial is for people who have already set up their school Zoom account. If you haven’t done so, please refer to the guidelines in the following post to do it first:

 ➡️Zoom accounts for all NCPA teachers and students⬅️

If you have already finished those steps, here’s how you can schedule and join a meeting with Zoom integration: Continue reading “Zoom + Teams!”

Virtual School Tech Briefing: Student Edition : February 28th

One of the biggest tech challenges of online school has been finding a way for students to download or watch a video from class relatively quickly. As teachers we’ve used resources such as: watching from Canvas, downloading from Canvas, downloading from teams, sending Sharepoint links, uploading to Stream and some teachers have even found their way on to Bilibili 网络教学面临的最大技术挑战之一,是找到一种让学生在课堂上相对快速地下载或观看视频的方法。作为教师,我们使用的资源包括:将视频Canvas上下载、Teams上下载、发送Sharepoint链接、上传到Stream以及有部分教师甚至找到自己的途径去使用Bilibili

As we move further into online school we’re looking to create a seamless way for you to be able to reach these videos by syncing your classes ( in Teams ) with Onedrive 随着我们进一步深入网络教学,我们正在创造一个无缝的方式,让你可以用Onedrive让视频同步到你的Teams课堂上。


Continue reading “Virtual School Tech Briefing: Student Edition : February 28th”

NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, March 19th

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Thursday at 8:30 am CST. Join link & recordings at #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • All about Online Discussions ( Jigsaw in Teams, Groups in Canvas Discussions, Small Group Discussions )
  • Sharing Math Equation Templates
  • How to Record a Good Screencast

Microsoft Teams Classroom Features Session

In this session, Dave Barton, explores the key features of Microsoft Teams:

  • How to set up a Class Notebook through Teams
  • Features of Class Notebook ( Content Library, Distribute Pages,  Review Student Work )
  • Assignments
  • Add – On’s ( Forms, Flipgrid, etc )
  • Setting up channels in a group
  • Students and teachers are loving Teams! Great one stop tool for online learning.


NCPA #virtualschool #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, Feb 19

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Tue/Thurs at 10:00am CST (in 60 mins). Join link & recordings at #issedu #acamistech

The day’s topics were:

  • +/ Δs
  • Use teams status messages to separate work and life (MK)
  • Counseling office updates (AnMa)
  • Use Canvas and Turnitin to reduce cheating (CW)
  • Canvas Course Tour: Liza
  • Canvas Course Tour: Alanna
  • Canvas Course Tour: Hesper
  • Bad Joke of the Day (AM)

Student Engagement Consultancy Sessions from Friday, Feb 14

The Tech Ambassadors recognize that student engagement is a persistent area of interest for teachers in virtual school. In this peer-to-peer sharing session, we brainstormed strategies you’ve used to keep students engaged during virtual school. We took turns sharing them out using a group whiteboard tool and grouped them by category. Then, we discussed the options and clarified how we can use them in our own courses.

Our brainstorm is represented in the Padlet below: