Microsoft Teams for Education
Discover what’s new in Microsoft Teams for Education
Our team at IT Systems have put together a guide to all that is new in Microsoft Teams for Education for April 2023. Keep scrolling to find out more. Here are the 3 new features that you need to know about right now!
One Connected Experience For Students in Microsoft Teams
Viva Connections for Education
Microsoft Viva Connections for Education is a digital home that centralises all the resources students need directly within Microsoft Teams. The Viva Connections dashboard can personalised for each student’s individual needs. This dashboard gives your students access to a digital hub where they can start and end each school day. Your school will be able to share updates in real-time such as today’s homework. This ensures that your students will not miss out in class. Students can also select their default language in Teams. Which enables them to receive all information in the way that works best for them on their school or mobile device.
If you’re interested in using Viva Connections for Education, you can learn more about pairing the platform with your existing Microsoft capabilities on the Viva Connections website.
Viva Connections for Education general availability is scheduled for July, 2023.
Assignment Marking Updates in Microsoft Teams
Marking Assignments as Inactive
Microsoft have now added this feature for teachers to mark an assignment as inactive. This setting which will hide the assignment from the active list for both students and teachers. This new features comes due to feedback from teachers regarding the removal assignments from the students’ view, once they are complete. This feature could be utilised for optional assignments, assignments that do not require submission, or assignments that are not completed by all the students. This way, you as a teacher can avoid having a cluttered list of active assignments and your students can focus on the important ones.
It important to note students can still access the assignment and its content in their completed assignment list and gradebook.
Assignments Updates is set to roll out in April 2023.
Reimagined and enhanced with a performance-first mindset in Microsoft Teams
An Introduction to “New Teams”
Microsoft has announced the beginning of a new era of Microsoft Teams – reimagined from the ground up for a faster, simpler, and more flexible Teams experience. This new and improved edition of teams is set to be 2X faster, whether you’re starting up the app, presenting in a meeting, or responding to messages. Updates also include 50% less memory, lower CPU, disk utilization, and less battery life. Users will be able to access multiple accounts and multiple tenants (MTMA) more seamlessly. It is important to note that this New Teams interface is available on Windows Desktop only.
Once New Teams is released for the Education sector, users will see a Toggle Button in the top left corner of the Teams Desktop in their current version of Teams (Classic). Users can turn this toggle on, when prompted, and can access the New Teams experience by clicking “Get it now” to install the new Teams client.
Users can go back to Classic Teams at any time, simply by toggling off the button in the top left corner.
New Teams will be generally available for all Education users. Microsoft will communicate this availability in advance before rolling it out. So, keep an eyes to those inboxes!