My first impression about Microsoft Teams for Education – with assignments function!

Last weekend Microsoft had launched the specific add-on for classrooms in Microsoft Teams. A few of my current customers are using Microsoft Classroom. So I was curious about the functionality in this new service. First of all; it’s integrated in Microsoft Teams, that’s already a plus. Students and teachers are loving Microsoft Teams (and me too), with all the integrated services and now also their assignments!

How does it work?

First of all, if you create a new team you get now an extra option, create a class:

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Than you will get the option to add students and teachers to the class:

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And the new class is created. In the top level you will see two new items in Microsoft Teams, the Class Notebook and Assignments:

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Under Assignments you can create a new assignment:

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You have several options as teacher:

Titel of the assignment
Instruction of the assignment
Due date and time for the assignment
Late turn in allowed (so later then the due date)
Points yes / no; if yes you can create your own scoring model (this is currently quite simple)
Attach materials and specify what the student has to turn in as assignment.

Then you can click on assignment and the assignment has published to the student. As a teacher you will have an overview witch assignments are schedules:

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As a teacher you have also an overview over all assignments in all teams. In the navigation left you see ‘Assignments’ if you click on that you will get that overview:

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Now from a student perspective. If you login to Teams as a student you will also have the overview of all assignments you have. If we go to the demo classroom you will find there the assignment we just created. The thing I am missing here, I don’t see any update in the conversation view of the team, that an assignment is created for the class. So I really have to go to assignments to see new assignments. I don’t see any notification in teams that I have a new assignments. I think there needs to be some work on that. Student will not click to see if there is something new, please make a notification message (like with chat) in the ‘Assignments’ on the left, so students can be notified on new assignments.

The student can add their work to the assignment, reference materials and turn the assignment in:

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Once it’s turned in, the student can turn in it again.

Also the teacher don’t get any notification in Teams that the student has returned their assignment. If she/he will go to the assignment the review button will show the students that have turn in their homework/assignment:

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They can check the student work, give feedback and give points!

Final thoughts

I think it’s a great step as Microsoft to create a service like this in Teams. There need to be some work on the notification side within teams for assignments. As a student I don’t want to look for new assignments. I don’t get a notification in Teams, I don’t see anything in my conversation view. I hope as a partner we get the API’s to extend this functionality for local customers. In the Netherlands we don’t always work with points, so can we add a own scoring model to the service?

 

Nieuwe Outlook client voor de Mac nu beschikbaar voor Office 365 gebruikers

Flink wat nieuws deze week over Office 365. Zo ook vandaag weer, er is een nieuwe Outlook client beschikbaar voor Office 365 klanten. Deze biedt weer een een flink tal verbeteringen:

The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
  • Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.

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Op de Office 365 software download pagina is deze nieuwe versie te vinden!

Daarnaast is aangekondigd dat volgend jaar een publieke beta versie beschikbaar komt voor de rest van de Office applicaties op de Mac.

Meer informatie is hier te lezen.

Performance tools en training voor Office 365

Heb je als onderwijsinstelling wel eens afgevraagd of je wel genoeg bandbreedte hebt voor de uitrol van Office 365? Microsoft heeft een aantal tools beschikbaar gesteld voor Office 365 waarmee dit berekend kan worden.

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Zo zijn er specifieke tools voor Exchange, Lync en OneDrive. Daarnaast wordt er informatie en ervaringen gedeeld (best practices).

De tools en informatie zijn hier te vinden.

Daarnaast is er een online cursus beschikbaar gesteld over die onderwerp:

Want to make sure you get the best performance possible from Office 365? We want you to, too! Take this course, and learn how you can plan for great performance for a new deployment of Office 365. And find out how to troubleshoot performance issues that may arise after you are deployed.

Deze cursus is gratis hier te volgen.