To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education, Microsoft announced several new features to further improve collaborative learning in the classroom. One of the main features that was announced was the support for rubric grading in Teams. With this support, students will be able to see how they’ll be assessed before they start working on the assignment. Microsoft also announced that it is making it easy for teachers to distribute a quiz or survey powered by Microsoft Forms. Read about other new features that were announced by Microsoft below:
- Page locking in OneNote assignments – For teachers creating OneNote assignments, the pages of the student will now automatically “lock” as read only when the due date/time passes. The teacher can still edit and annotate these OneNote assignment pages with feedback.
- Mute all students: There’s a time for conversation, and there’s a time for focus. You can now pause students from posting in the conversation tab.
- Join codes: Create a simple code for members to join your Class, PLC, or Staff team. This makes it easy for many people to join your team all at once. Display the code in ‘projector mode’ so that everyone in the classroom can see it and join the team.
- Reusing a team as a template: Teachers can reuse an existing team as a template when creating a new team, then customize what they want to copy over: channels, team setting, apps, and even users.
- Archive teams: Safely store your Class, PLC, or Staff team content in read-only mode. Easily reference archived teams while you are setting up your Teams experience for the next school year.
Mute all students and reusing a team as a template features are available worldwide today. Other features like Rubrics grading, Forms in Assignments, archive teams, join codes, and page locking in OneNote assignments will begin rolling out in the coming weeks.