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Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams Integration
I love the way it works through Teams - its brilliant! - Trish Parrans-Smith, King Edward VI Aston School
It’s all very intuitive, and I find it very useful indeed - Sam Parratt, St Thomas the Apostle School and 6th Form, Southwark
Advantages (compared to using our traditional MusicFirst system)
- Students and teachers use the same logons they use at school
- No need to upload lists to Focus on Sound. You just tick a box next to the names of your existing class names. Students are automatically uploaded to the system.
- Set homework and classwork simply by clicking the new Share button in Focus on Sound and following the standard instructions in GC or Teams
- Focus on Sound now sends test results direct to GC or Teams - this feature works with our custom lesson creator. Teachers are automatically informed when work has been done, though Google and Microsoft prohibit students from sending their own test marks back. Teachers press a button to send the class marks back.
- We aim eventually to provide direct links to other software sold by MusicFirst including Noteflight and Soundtrap - if your school uses GC or Teams to access them.
With a Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams login, you only need to set your classes to 'Yes' and select a year group for each class. You can choose from preset year names, as shown here (we include Scottish groups) - or type your own, like KS4.
Disadvantages (compared to using our traditional MusicFirst system)
- If you have been using Focus on Sound before you will lose all your saved results. On the other hand, if you export the important results first, it's quite a good idea to start a new year with a 'clean slate'.
- You need to know and understand your school's GC or Teams systems
- If you have got used to Focus on Sound over a year or more, you might not want to change systems now.
Application form to use Focus on Sound with Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams
For schools that already have a current subscription.
Please note: we are currently not able to supply integrations where several schools all share the same email domain for logging on to GC or Teams (everything after the @). This applies to most Northern Ireland schools, as well as some chains.
Google Classroom integrations are straightforward.
To use Teams you will need to ensure classes have been set up either manually or with a system like SDS (School Data Systems). Locker also works. Current versions of Powershell don't. You might need to check with IT. We'd advise schools that have already set up their students in the standard system to stay with that for now.