Microsoft Teams and itslearning: How to Get Started

Original Article by itslearning

Many teachers are using live conferencing tools to create more dynamic lessons and engage students – especially in the case of remote learning.

The Microsoft Teams Meetings plugin is directly available in the toolbar of itslearning’s rich text editor.

You can add a MS Teams meeting anywhere in itslearning and Fronter 19 that has a rich text editor for instance assignments, or note. 

You can also copy and insert the meeting link in a calendar event and in Plans.  

Here’s what you need to get started:

Office 365 for Business/Education account

You cannot create a meeting with your personal account – you will get an error message if you try to do this.

A MS Teams meeting can accommodate up to 250 users.

Watch the video

Create a meeting 

Click on the Teams icon in the rich text editor

NOTE: However, if you don’t find it there, you can still add it from our App library. This can be done by the system administrator on behalf of the organization (Click this link Add MS Teams plug-in to see how it is done). It can also be done by individual teachers (if allowed by your school organization) Click on the Puzzle icon (next to the Teams icon in the image below, and browse the App library and search for ‘Microsoft Teams Meetings’, then click the ‘Include this app’ button). 

A neat trick to prevent students from muting the teacher is to select ‘Only me’ under ‘Who can present’. You can do this when creating the meeting. Click on the ‘More Options’ button to change the default under Meeting Options.

This option is only available to anyone who has “Allow HTML Code Level” at less restricted or higher. What this means is that if you don’t want students to create MS Teams meetings, their HTML Code Level must be “Restricted” or lower.

When you first sign in, you need to give permissions to the plugin to create a meeting in Microsoft Teams. If this is restricted because of organization policies, the Office 365 tenant administrator needs to give consent on behalf of the organization. This can be done by clicking this link and signing in as the tenant administrator. If you don’t know who you tenant administrator is, please contact your itslearning administrator.

Once created, the meeting does not appear anywhere else in Office 365 – for example, it will not show up on Outlook. Meetings can only be joined via the provided link. 

How to join a meeting

  • Click the provided link 
  • Anyone signed into Office 365 can start the meeting. This is not restricted to the user who created the meeting.
  • By default you do not need an O365 account to join the meeting (Check with your school if this is allowed). 

Anonymous users

If anonymous users want to join a meeting, they must first fill in a name.

If users without an account have joined prior to the start of the meeting, they will need to be admitted by a logged in user. If the meeting has already started, they will be automatically admitted.


You need to install the Microsoft Teams app to join the meeting on mobile devices. When clicking on the link, the meeting will start in the MS Teams app.

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Spencer P Rubin
VP, Strategic Partnerships

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Account Executive

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Simple, Safe, and Accurate Fever Screening for Districts

JourneyEd is now offering non-contact thermal imaging via the ILTPP-JourneyEd full catalog contract. A company known as X.Labs saw a need for a product to rapidly assist districts once re-opening begins. X.Labs immediately released a new and available product is known as feevr.

COVID-19 has prompted massive changes in education; many of which were unexpected. feevr has been introduced to provide schools and districts with the ability to protect students and staff from this moment on. feevr’s mission is to assist schools in minimizing the risk of cross-contamination.

feevr creators know that a fever is an indicating symptom of infectious disease.

As staff screen students, they can quickly identify individuals with fever before actual entry. This screening is a non-invasive, zero contact fever detection solution.

feevr delivers detections at a high-throughput for faster, more efficient screening process.

This new technology is a quick and effective artificial intelligence (AI) based system for detecting individuals with elevated temperature in a crowd. Upon entry, district leaders can take a snapshot that captures and alerts automatically when an individual’s temperature reaches and/or goes above the input threshold.

feevr is user-friendly and can be setup in minutes as both a fixed or handheld solution!

Each feevr kit is equipped with a pre-configured android device. This device features a FLIR thermal imaging camera, device case, tripod, charging accessories, and a one-year manufacturer warranty.

To request a quote or learn more about CARES spending eligibility, please contact your dedicated account manager below!

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Remote Learning Fosters Numerous Student Security & Privacy Risks

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) has explored and compiled a variety of timely security and privacy resources via the Future of Privacy Forum. ILTPP recognizes the need for better education on privacy concerns raised throughout this global state of affairs. The information listed below includes public guidance linked for the benefit of both educators and parents.

The Security and Privacy Risks Associated with Videoconferencing

During this time, relying on videoconferencing to communicate with other educational staff and your students is essential. Whether it be Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams, teachers are striving to foster active participation and engagement across the classroom while maintaining continued learning.

Videoconferencing places schools and districts in a vulnerable position with hackers making targeted cyber threats and exploiting security weaknesses. This risks students’ medical, academic, and personal records. Learn more about how to battle this ongoing threat.

Why Should Classroom Teachers Care About Student Data Privacy?

Student data consists of attendance, grades, health records, and even personal records. Access to this data has expanded from just the administrator and educator to technology vendors providing services and products to the school or district. Concerns are floating around ensuring these companies are housing the data safely and restricting their use of the data.

To protect their students, teachers need to be made aware of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to guarantee these technologies used in classrooms are being utilized in ways that follow both state and school policies. These devices include computers, mobile devices, software, apps, websites, and programs. Learn more about vetting and understanding the use of these tools with The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy.

Best Practices of Using Social Media for Online Learning

Using social media for online learning can assist with remote learning in a lot of positive ways. However, schools should create policies regarding whether their educators may use it for remote learning. Requiring parents to be notified about information posted on these platforms and the evaluation process of their children is essential. FERPA protects students’ rights to personal and academic data, which should be taken into deep consideration when utilizing a platform created for a public, general audience. Learn more about gaining parental consent and if social media is the right route for your remote learning strategies.

Student Privacy 101 Video Series

The “Student Privacy 101” video series includes:

  • An introductory video that previews the challenges and opportunities around collecting and safeguarding student data in the digital age.
  • A short video on legal compliance, providing concise information about the requirements and role of the FERPA.
  • A brief overview of the most common privacy risks and how to avoid them.
  • A discussion on transparency, including advice on collecting community feedback, and engaging and informing parents about a school’s data collection practices.

Professional Development to Reinvigorate Teaching and Learning

School Specialty offers a variety of Professional Development opportunities to help you implement new programs, engage students, and reinvigorate teaching and learning in the classrooms.

Education is a constantly evolving field. Staying on top of the latest techniques and teaching styles can be tough – especially for teachers tasked with demanding workloads. That’s why School Specialty offers such a wide variety of professional development courses.

These courses take the burden off teachers and help meet district requirements by offering three convenient options: in person, live webinars, and on-demand. Taught by authors, Teachers of the Year, and experts within their fields, School Specialty’s extensive range of workshops provides practical tips and inspiration designed to reinvigorate teachers and help them engage students.

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Director of Business Development

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The Autonomous Enterprise: Many Vendors, Many Choices

Original Extreme Networks Article

Since 1996, Extreme Networks has been pushing the boundaries of networking technology, driven by a vision of making it simpler and faster as well as more agile and secure. But Extreme’s higher purpose has always been helping customers connect beyond the network… strengthening their relationships with those they serve.

Autonomous Enterprise:

An industry trend that networking vendors speak to in different ways. All versions are based on or identified to leverage cognitive thinking, machine learning, and artificial intelligence capabilities to proactively detect and remediate network & security events. 

Solution NameIntent-Based NetworkingExperience-Driven NetworkingSelf-Driving Network
The MessagesIntent-Based Networking captures business intent and uses analytics, machine learning, and automation to align the network continuously to changing business needs.Experience-Driven service management platform, 5 core feature sets; planning & deployment, analytics, performance, security & extensibility, to automate and optimize the delivery of network services.Self-Driving Network, similar to a self-driving car, is an autonomous network that is predictive and adaptive to its environment. Supports multi-vendor environment.
The LimitationsMultiple proprietary automation & orchestration solutions (data center, campus, SD-WAN, Cloud, etc.) that do not interwork as a single system. System-wide modifications still require multiple touches of components.Yet to clearly define their architecture or solution. Current web message – developing features and collateral to tell a story for management and operations solutions… As the content is created, they will expand on what falls into each category to solve use cases in a holistic manner.Service provider focused, trying to leverage architecture to enter enterprise market. No integrated edge to data center solution, another solution comprised of multiple silos with no single orchestration/
automation solutions.

Extreme’s Advantage:

Extreme’s software-driven network infrastructure is a foundational layer for enabling a secure, scalable, and efficient use of cloud, edge, and IoT applications. The company offers pervasive real-time visibility from its cloud to your to deliver insights and security across a broad range of infrastructure and cloud environments. With Extreme’s policy-driven closed-loop automation, the network can detect anomalous behavior from IoT devices, users, or applications, and automatically resolve issues without intervention. Unlike other vendors with proprietary solutions, Extreme offers multi-vendor support in an open and standards-based ecosystem.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Mike Fortenberry
Senior Account Executive

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ITsavvy knows the demands you are under. Time is critical. ITsavvy leads the industry in expedited delivery. Order it today and you’ll likely get it in 1-2 days.

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Zero-Touch Chromebook Deployment

An easier and safer deployment

FireFly Computers wants to help you be great at your job. Right now, that means paying attention to things like sanitation, minimal handling, and safe distribution of student learning devices. With the FireFly Zero-Touch Deployment Services, you’ll be able to get great devices in front of your students without anyone at the school ever having to touch them

Your devices will arrive set up exactly the way you want them. FireFly will assign specific OUs, pre-load apps, and adjust whatever settings you want. Before shipping, each Chromebook will be individually-bagged and inserted into a slotted divider, making it easy to distribute it straight from the box. FireFly can even pre-sort shipments by grade, location, OU, or any other segment you want. Just tell FireFly your preferences and the company will find a way!

FireFly Zero-Touch Chromebook Deployment is absolutely the safest and easiest way to distribute devices to your students. It’s also friendlier on your budget than you may think. Contact your FireFly dedicated Account Manager today for a zero-risk quote.



As an ILTPP Member, Chromebooks and additional discounts vary. Contact your dedicated Account Manager for details.

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Senior Account Manager

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AGParts Education – Tips & Solutions

AGParts Education supports over 5,000 innovative 1:1 digital learning school districts across the United States with new and reclaimed Chromebook and laptop parts, device buyback, Chromebook repair, motherboard services, and more. AGParts is an authorized reseller for major Chromebook brands including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. All of the 200,000+ parts inventoried are OEM original and are backed by the Limited Lifetime Warranty. AGParts Education’s experienced Account Executives are highly knowledgeable within the parts industry. They are continually analyzing each new Chromebook model to stay ahead of leading technology, trends, and foreseeable shortages. With two locations and twelve dedicated Account Executives, AGParts Education is at the ready to deliver the highest quality service and the most cost-effective parts solutions for your school’s digital learning initiative.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager

Ken Wiltz
Sales Executive
844-706-5084 x 127

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SHI’s Remote Cloud Solutions

In these unprecedented times, SHI knows your business is changing and you’re having to adapt faster than ever before. The SHI team is here for you today and tomorrow, helping to address your most pressing needs now while supporting your longer-term strategic goals in the weeks and months ahead.

Whether it’s continuing to enable secure, effective networking and collaboration across your remote workforce, controlling the explosion of cloud and SaaS costs, or providing effective IT asset management, SHI has you covered.

Below you’ll find information on SHI services, advice from experts, training events, and offers from trusted partners that will continue helping you support your school or district’s success in difficult times.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Kyle Thomas
SM SLED Manager

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Self-Paced & Teacher-Led Distance Learning with SMART

Connecting Classrooms with At-Home Learning

Leverage ready-made lessons and activities to share out with students. Learn how to easily use the content you have to engage in remote learning with SMART Learning Suite Online software.

SMART Learning Suite Online powers cloud-based classrooms enabling interactive lesson delivery, collaborative workspaces, game-based activities, formative assessments, and more on devices anywhere, anytime.

Students can complete self-paced lessons remotely and engage in teacher-led learning activities together for real-time feedback and discussion.

Integrations with familiar platforms like Google and Microsoft make it easy to leverage existing lesson content and add videos, activities, discussions, and group work.

For the dedicated teachers and students currently affected by the coronavirus outbreak, SMART is here to support you with complimentary software and resources for the rest of the school year.

Self-Paced Learning

Students complete self-paced activities remotely, using online tools with some opportunities for feedback.

Teacher-Led Learning

Students engage in learning activities at the same time, using virtual tools enabling real-time feedback and discussion.

COTG has been appointed as the SMART Certified Training Center for the state of Illinois.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Bradley Swidler
Account Manager – Education & Government

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