Jul 20 2020 12:24 PM
Jul 20 2020 12:24 PM
Recently, thanks to Dr David Kellerman, I discovered how easy it is to build a SharePoint course page in Microsoft Teams. Well, actually you build it in SharePoint and add it as a tab to Teams.
One of the gripes that teachers had with the Teams interface is that there is no way to organize your content e.g. posting work that has to be done. When you do that in a post - it quickly gets lost in the conversation. I'm aware that you can "pin" PowerPoints and all sorts of documents to your channel tabs - but somehow that is not quite what they looked for. Creating a quick SharePoint page for a particular channel is just what is needed to fill that gap.
Here Dr Kellerman explains how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CniQZhpp83U
Aug 16 2020 03:20 PM - edited Aug 17 2020 05:24 PM
@Marius Pretorius Ok. So I'm teaching 5 classes of 6th graders. If I create a Sharepoint page for one class, can I create a tab in the other 4 classes that points to the same Sharepoing page, or do I need to create a Sharepoint page for each class, which would sort of defeat the purpose. The purpose being I'm trying to avoid having to post the same materials and activities in tabs across all 5 classes. If I could post the activities, tasks, videos, in one Sharepoint page and then link all 5 classes to the same page, wouldn't that work as well?
Update: I successfully created a site in "Class A" and then added a tab in Class A containing that site. Then I went to "Class B" and added a Sharepoint Site tab and pasted the url there for the site in Class A. As the teacher/owner of both sites, it worked. I could access the Class A Sharepoint site from within Class B, but not as a student., the Class B student was unable to access the Sharepoint site that was linked to Class A. Is there a fix for that?
Aug 17 2020 06:44 AM
Aug 18 2020 02:19 AM - edited Aug 18 2020 02:25 AM
Hello @MikeBrady , first some disclaimers: I'm no specialist on SharePoint. I have in fact very limited experience with it. Having said that, every Microsoft Teams classteam that is created has its own SharePoint site that is associated with it. This is the "backend" of the team and not visible to users unless you choose to make use of the extra functionality that SharePoint offers.
One of the underlying features of Office 365 apps is that makes use of groups of users, that have permission to access certain resources. When you create a classteam, you have two groups of users: Owners and Members - since a ClassTeam is built on a SharePoint site, those permissions apply to all the SharePoint resources.
Ok, now let's get to your point: You have a SharePoint page that belongs to the SharePoint site associated with your one class. They automatically have permission to use it. If you want to give that permission to another group, you have to specifically add them in the SharePoint backend.
You will need to click around a bit on the site to familiarize yourself with where certain settings are.
To help you on your way:
Having done all of that, you can now add that page as a tab to your other classes.
Aug 21 2020 09:23 AM
@Marius Pretorius Ok, thank you so much for taking the time to explain all that. I followed your directions carefully, and when i got to the point of adding the other groups/teams to the access, there was only one team listed, and that was the team the SharePoint site is based on. Why can't I see any other of my teams in that list?
And if use either of the Share links when I try to add the SharePoint app in the other Teams, I get an error message. This SharePoint link is not supported. Please paste a different SharePoint link.
Aug 24 2020 04:47 PM
@Marius Pretorius Ok, that almost worked. I had tried searching before, but this time I had to type out the entire name of the other Team before it found it. So I gave that Team access rights, although it did not appear in the list of Teams with access to that site when I was done. Anyway, I got the sharable link from the same menu and pasted it into a channel in the team I had just give access to, and I got the same message.
I did some more research and Sharepoint Maven says to save the site as a template, but I can't find that option where he says it should be.
Sep 01 2020 10:12 AM
@Marius Pretorius I got it. Two things: I had to type the entire class name before the class would appear in the dropdown, and two, I had to use the url from the top bar, neither of the urls in the Get Link feature would work. Thank you, Marius, for your help on this.