Microsoft adds over 35 new features in Teams to empower teachers and students
On National Teacher Appreciation Day, Microsoft on Tuesday announced more than 35 new features in Teams that will help teachers create a holistic learning environment and advance education.
“To continue supporting teachers and students, today we are introducing new tools and updates designed to support the five key areas that help teachers create a holistic learning environment and advance learning. education: student-centered, skills-focused, social learning, safety and scalability, ”Microsoft said.
Here are some of the new offers:
To help learners read, Microsoft has introduced a new tool called Reading Progression that allows students to practice their skills in a secure, student-centered environment. Reading Progress in Teams helps teachers:
- Win time – Teachers can upload a single reading fluency assignment or differentiate between many levels in their class, quickly review assignments with a built-in auto-detect feature to identify and code potential errors
- Visualize the progress of the class and the individual with Teams Education Insights dashboards
- “”> Engage students in independent practice so that they can progress without pressure
Reading progress in Microsoft Teams is free for all students and teachers using Microsoft Teams for Education and is FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) compliant. The tool is supported on desktop, web, Mac, iOS and Android and will be available by the end of August 2021.
Career Coach, a new Microsoft Teams for Education app powered by LinkedIn, offers personalized guidance to higher education students so they can navigate their professional journey. The app uses an AI-powered skill identifier and LinkedIn integration to align a student’s full profile with job market trends.
Career Coach will be available this month.
The new group assignment feature allows teachers to organize their students into homework groups so they can work together to create, collaborate, and submit an assignment.
Group assignments in Microsft Teams will be available at the end of August.
With the new calendar integrations, students will be able to see when their class is and when homework is due in their Teams and Outlook calendars.
Learning Management System (LMS) Updates
Microsoft has joined forces with leading LMS vendors such as Instructure and Blackboard to deepen and improve integrations between LMS and Teams, Teams meetings, and OneDrive.
- Teachers and students will be able to access their respective class teams directly from their LMS courses on desktop, mobile or web platforms. The feature will be available on Blackboard and Canvas in August.
- Then, teachers and students will be able to access and edit Teams meetings for their courses directly from Canvas.
Coming later in May, supervised chat in Teams allows designated teachers to initiate discussions with students while preventing them from starting new discussions unless an appropriate teacher is present.
Minecraft: Education Edition
Microsoft has also added new features to Minecraft: Education Edition, including the ability to integrate seamlessly with Teams. Second, with the all-new Minecraft for Camps and Clubs, learners will be able to use Minecraft: Education Edition outside of the classroom.