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Using Teams to Teach

Tips and tricks for using Teams for distance education.

Using the Microphone

The microphone is wireless, allowing you to walk around the room while using it. The microphone portion attaches to your shirt with a clip, and it comes with a belt clip which can be attached to the transmitter. 

You can use the microphone to project your voice over the classroom speakers, to record your lecture using Teams, or both at the same time.

Microphone Transmitter Microphone Receiver Microphone USB adapter

To use the microphone: 

  1. Charge BOTH the transmitter and the receiver using the included charger before you need to use it.

    When the red light goes out, it is fully charged. A battery charge should last 6-8 hours.

  2. Turn on BOTH the transmitter and the receiver. 

    There is a blue light on the microphone receiver. When it is solid and not blinking, your receiver and transmitter are paired.

  3. Plug the microphone receiver into the microphone or microphone/headphone port on the computer.

    On campus computers, you should always have access to a combined microphone/headphone port on the front of the computer, but if you cannot easily access the microphone port, you can use the USB adapter (and plug the receiver into the microphone port on the adapter).

    NOTE: Be sure NOT to plug it into a headphone-only port. It must be a microphone or combination headphone/microphone port.

  4. You should see a pop-up asking you to select what device you connected. It might look different depending on what computer you are using.

    Choose 'Mic In'. 
  5. Your microphone is set up!

    If you have more than one microphone plugged into the computer, you may need to change which one it is using in the sound settings. You may also need to specify which device specific programs are using (see instructions below for Teams and classroom speakers).

    You can use these steps to be sure your microphone is working.
    • Right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar.
    • Select Open Sound Settings.
    • Under the Input section you should see Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio) in the drop down box.  
    • When you speak into the mic the slider bar should move when you talk.  

Using the Microphone to Record

  1. Start a Meeting in Teams (see how).
  2. Teams will show you what devices you are using for your audio and microphone when you start a meeting or call
  3. To change the device Teams is using, click on the '...' and choose 'Show Device Settings'.
  4. On the right, view your device settings. In this example, I have two microphones plugged in - my Realtek wireless mic and my Logitech headset.  Select 'Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio).

    You can also test whether your microphone is working here by speaking into it. If the purple bar moves, it is reading your voice. 
  5. Start your recording (see how). You are now using your wireless mic to communicate and record in Teams.

Using the Microphone with Classroom Speakers

You can use the microphone to project your voice using the classroom speakers.

You should be able to do this at the same time you record via Teams by following both the instructions in the 'Using the Microphone to Record' box and the instructions below. 

  1. Right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select Open Sound Settings.
  2. Look to the right or scroll down and click on Sound Control Panel
  3. Click on the Recording Tab

  4. Double click on the Microphone (Realtek High Definition Audio) in the list

    In this example, I have two microphones plugged in - my 'Realtek' wireless mic and my headset. 
  5. Select the Listen Tab and check the Listen to this Device box

  6. Click OK and Click OK. 
  7. You may need to have the projector turned on for speakers to work.