Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams

Set-up for Focus on Sound

As soon as you're happy with your GC/Teams integration we'll transfer any existing custom test, lessons and content, then close your old account. Or you can close the new account and revert to the old one. Go here for the form to close your old account.

The web address (URL) for all students and teachers of Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams is:

https://portal.focusonsound.com

To type it just start from 'portal' - (much better to save the address as a 'favorite' or as a school link).

This will be the eventual logon page for all users of Focus on Sound (unless you're coming from the MusicFirst Classroom). Once you have everything set up and you're happy with it, you can make sure there's a link to that page for all students and teachers.

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IMPORTANT

There are three buttons here. It's very important you and your students always use the right one!

And you must use the same 'domain' (end of the email address, e.g. myschool.org.uk) that you sent us when you applied. Some schools have different domains for students and teachers. That's now fine - just let us know what the student domain is and we'll set it up.

  1. Sign in with Google - you and your students must use your Google Classroom school logon - not your home logon. You and the students now don't have to have the same 'domain' - the section at the end of the Google address after the @. If you and the students have different domains please let us know.
  2. Sign in with Microsoft - you and your students must use your Microsoft Teams school logon - not your home logon. You and the students now don't have to have the same 'domain' - the section at the end of the Microsoft Teams address after the @. If you and the students have different domains please let us know.
  3. Sign in with MusicFirst - It is possible to use this briefly. It will take you to your previous 'school' if you had a subscription earlier - but as soon as you confirm you are happy with GC or Teams logins, we will delete your old MusicFirst account, and this login will no longer work.

Google and Microsoft do make you and the students jump through a number of hoops when you first log on (your response will be saved in cookies). Our Privacy document explains what we do.

Once you're in Focus on Sound you'll see a new logout button at the top right. It's very important to use that rather than just closing the tab (window).

Problems Signing into Microsoft Teams/Focus on Sound

Music teachers might find they are denied access. If you get a message saying something like this:
'Need admin approval' A member of staff with an administrator account (most likely in the IT department) needs to go to this link

Or copy this link and send it to them:
https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/authorize?client_id=30fd846c-0a81-46ed-8535-1669bc1f9c0a&response_type=code&prompt=admin_consent&redirect_uri=https://portal.focusonsound.com/microsoft-response

That will take the administrator to this screen:

Screenshot_2020-09-10 Sign in to your account

They need to click accept and that will allow other non-admin users in the school to login to Focus on Sound.

Classes

You'll need to set up your classes in GC or Teams first. Your school IT department should have set most of these up for you already and should be able to help you with any queries. Google and Microsoft also supply help topics on most issues. We don't provide support yet for this.

You may need to set up your GCSE classes for instance.

Do let us know if there's a particular area you feel needs to be made clearer.

If you want to set work for all classes that study music, including those taught by other teachers, they will need to set you up in their groups.

If you have set up your classes, once you have logged onto Focus on Sound you just need to allocate the classes to our system.

Go to the classes menu at the top right:

ClassesMenu

Then you will see something like this:

SetClassesGC-TeamsNoTeachers

This screen shows you all the classes you have set up in the Classroom or Teams. You need to click 'Yes' for the classes that will be using Focus on Sound. Our system checks the user numbers. If you allocate more students than your subscription allows, some students will be locked out of the system.

Each class needs to be allocated to a year group. We supply a number of presets, like 'Year 9' or 'N5' (Scotland). Alternatively, just type your own.

Accessing admin etc. from Focus on Sound

You'll notice three new buttons at the top right of Focus on Sound:

ChangeApp
  • Change App takes you back to the app chooser screen (if you also have Instruments First)
  • Classes takes you to the Classes menu
  • Logout takes you back to the signing on screen

Setting assignments/homework in Google Classroom

It's now very easy to set an assignment using GC, though it's a little harder if you want the test marks sent back (see the section lower in the page).

For every page in Focus on Sound that can be set as an assignment you'll see one of these 'Share' buttons at the top right of your screen.

Google Classroom

That takes you to the screen below. You might need to click on your profile picture to change accounts if it defaults to your personal account.

You then choose the class (see below). You can then set dates, etc. and duplicate the assignment to other classes.

GCShareToClassroom

Setting assignments/homework in Microsoft Teams

It's now very easy to set an assignment using Teams, though it's a little harder if you want the test marks sent back (see the section lower in the page).

For every page in Focus on Sound that can be set as an assignment you'll see one of these 'Share' buttons at the top right of your screen.

Microsoft Teams

That takes you to the screen below. If it doesn't check you have the correct Microsoft Teams account. You might need to change accounts if it defaults to your personal account.

Make sure you select 'Create an assignment'

You then choose the class (see below). You can then set title, dates, etc. then duplicate the assignment to other classes.

TeamsAssignment

Setting Assignments that send back test results

This needs to be done in My School in Focus on Sound. The feature should be ready by 25th September. Apologies for the delay. We'll email you when it's ready.

Delete old Account

Go here for the acceptance form for deleting your old account. Further details are there.