There are several improvements landing on Microsoft Teams Education in the coming weeks. According to Microsoft, the updates will help students and educators by expanding the capabilities of collaboration and communication on Teams.
Leading the improvements is Reflect, a new feature that will help students highlight their emotional skills. With this feature, students can share their feelings more efficiently when they receive an assignment.
For example, they can share characters (known as Feelings Monsters) or emojis to show how they feel. If you are eye-rolling at that, remember, this is for kids and young adults. Microsoft points to Reflect examples such as Confused, Bored, and Excited.
Only the teacher can see the responses students give, so this is not about sharing with other students or communication between them.
Microsoft is also adding a new homepage to Microsoft Teams education. The company says the new page is better for educators and is built following feedback from users. For example, students can see the latest notifications, class resources, and see their upcoming assignments. Furthermore, there are also direct links to recent class files.
This new Microsoft Teams homepage will collect assignments, files, and online class meetings that are automatically collected and displayed. Teachers can edit content on the homepage whenever they want.
Also, Microsoft says there is a new Reading Progress tool for assignments. Teachers can create and review assignments on iPad and Android tablets. This was previously only possible on PC, Mac, and web versions of Teams.
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