Setting up BookWidgets in Microsoft Teams

You can find a tutorial on how to use BookWidgets with Microsoft Teams here:

https://www.bookwidgets.com/a/tutorials/microsoft-teams

To activate the integration, you have to do the following:

  • Add the BookWidgets Microsoft Teams App to your Microsoft Teams
  • Add the newly installed BookWidgets app to a team that you choose
  • When you go to the newly created BookWidgets tab, it will ask you to create a BookWidgets account. If you want to link an existing account instead, you have to first sign in on this BookWidgets account in your web browser first. 
  • Once your account is linked (or created), the BookWidgets tab should work. You can now follow the tutorial to see how to proceed.
  • You can also sign in to the BookWidgets website with your office account using your Microsoft account. From here, you can also send assignments to Microsoft Teams from the 'Share' dialog, and correct the submissions (e.g. in case there should be a problem with the Teams integration).

There are a couple of Microsoft-specific things that need to be taken care of:

  • BookWidgets must have the permission to access the Education APIs. It could be that you get a prompt to ask for an administrator to allow this. You will have to contact your MS teams administrator for this. Apparently, there is a beta feature that makes this easier: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/manage-apps/configure-admin-consent-workflow Also note that it is possible that granting access to BookWidgets may be different for teachers and students, so try to open a widget as a student before you try it in your classroom with all your students.
  • When you use the desktop client of Microsoft Teams, and it always prompts you with a 'login' popup (even though you are already logged in), you can fix this by using the developer preview of Microsoft Teams (which you can activate from the account icon on the top right, "About", "Developer Preview", and then quitting teams and starting again). If you don't want to do this, you can just close the login popup every time.

When you were able to create a widget as a teacher, make sure to test if a student can open this widget. Your Microsoft Teams (and Office 365) tenant may have extra requirements for access for students, so your system administrator may need to perform a (one-time) action to do this.

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