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 by clicking the Share button in Focus on Sound and following the standard instructions in GC or Teams - or set a 'synced' lesson in Focus on Sound that automatically creates an assignment in GC or Teams.
  • For synced lessons Focus on Sound sends class test results direct to GC and Teams - the teacher has to click a 'send' button in Focus on Sound.
  • 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, your saved test results will not be copied to the new version. You can keep the old version for a few weeks to ensure you have downloaded the data.
  • 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 in the middle of the year. August/September would be a good time for existing users to change.
  • A small number of schools will not be able to use the Teams system because of the non-standard way their classes have been set up. We can help with this but in the end we might have to move you back to the standard MusicFirst system.
  • Schools In Northern Ireland (c2ken), Wales (HWB) and Scotland (Glow) that use those special internet systems may need to apply to the central IT authority for permission to use the system. This seems to apply particularly to Teams. Northern Ireland, for instance seems fine with GC.

Application form to use Focus on Sound with Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams

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Fill in this form if you are the main Focus on Sound admin for your school

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