Microsoft has announced a number of student-focused improvements to Microsoft Teams as part of today’s education event.
According the company, those features will “make it the digital hub for teachers and students” and are available today in private preview before they will be made generally available this summer.
Teams will sport a number of tabs that let teachers group together learning resources, separate chats by classroom or project, and more. Teachers will also be able to delete messages, mute students, or even the entire class.
They can also tie in services like the Polly bot to create votes on projects, as a number of Microsoft and education apps.
Microsoft Teams Collaboration Features For Teachers and Students
However, one of the main benefits of Microsoft Team for education is its extensive collaboration features. Multiple students can collaborate in real-time using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Teachers can then view that document and provide feedback with an @mention, which will give the students a notification.
Microsoft Teams will also enable teachers to automatically load settings and projects whenever a new class starts – for themselves and the whole group of students. When a new class or workgroup is created, it comes with its own OneNote notebook, so students can always look back at what was shown five minutes ago or five days ago. Teachers can also easily offer assessments, quizzes, and so on right in Teams.
With an included assignment service, the teacher version of Teams allows educators to create assignments, put a due date, and assign work to a class or subset of students. The student version, meanwhile, includes everything needed to let users submit assignments.
Students can also use Teams to video call, taking away the need to meet in person if schedules are busy. Additionally, if a student can’t make it to class, it’s possible to view the teachers OneNote file and play back the steps.