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Using Microsoft Teams 


What is Teams?

Microsoft Teams (AKA Teams) is a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings, file and app sharing, and more. It helps you collaborate using chat and channels to converse and file share. It's a workspace where you and your team can securely upload, share, edit, save files, manage a calendar, see likes, @mentions, and replies. Any documents, spreadsheets, or presentations that are shared within a Team are stored in your Team environment so every Team member always has access to the latest version. Teams is the all-in-one place, making it simple, convenient, and accessible for everyone.  


For more information about how to navigate Teams, visit our Teams - How To's and Teams Training Articles. 


Cost and Eligibility: 

Teams is available at no cost for all Barstow Community College faculty, staff, and students as part of the Office365 Suite.  


Features and Benefits:  

  • Create Teams and channels for tracking projects, conversations, files, and meetings   

  • Chat with text, audio, video, and file sharing 

  • Store all your files, docs, and more in one place 

  • Schedule meetings that automatically integrate with your existing Outlook calendar  

  • Meet with up to 250 people at the same time 

  • Share your desktop, applications, or a whiteboard during meetings 

  • Automatically record and upload video, audio, and shared content from meetings to Microsoft Stream 

  • Presence indication based on each person’s Teams activity, manual status settings, and Outlook calendar 

  • Integrate your favorite apps—Planner, Trello, GitHub, and many more  


How do I start using Teams?  

Any actively enrolled student or currently employed staff or faculty member can create their own Teams. To get started: 

  1. Download Teams for your desktop, iOS, or Android, or just use Teams on the web at  

  1. Sign in with your BCC email and password. 


Training Resources 

Teams resources from Microsoft:  


Faculty and staff also have access to Teams video training from LinkedIn Learning (choose "Sign in with your organization account” when prompted to login): 


More Teams FAQs 

How do I create a new team?  

How do I add a team member?  

How do I start a private chat?  

How do I add guests to a team?  

How do I set guest permissions?  

What's the difference between a team and a channel?  

What does it mean to be @mentioned?  

What are apps in Teams and why would I use them?  


Contact IT by phone at x7279 or by email at [email protected] if you need assistance with or have any questions regarding Teams. 

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