How Microsoft Teams is allowing thousands of pupils to learn remotely

As schools around the world respond to the Covid-19 lockdown measures, the need for remote learning tools is urgent. As a result, more than 150 million students, faculty, institutional leaders and teachers have been actively using Microsoft Education products to engage students in remote learning. 

To make the transition to remote learning easier, Microsoft has created resources, training, how-to guides and even announced new product features that will help schools, educators, students and their families navigate remote learning in the best way possible. 

We take a look at some of the ways Microsoft365 is allowing thousands of pupils to learn remotely… 

Building confidence on any device 

Microsoft has launched additional features available in Teams to bring together face-to-face connections, assignments and conversations even more. Teachers can now use virtual breakout rooms to divide their online class into smaller groups to facilitate discussions and group work. The organiser can easily jump in between breakout rooms, deliver announcements to all breakout rooms at once, and bring everyone back to the main meeting at any time. 

Now, teachers have even more options in Teams to ensure that every student can participate and that every voice is heard. For example, students can raise their hands during video calls and teachers now have visibility of attendance reports and class insights showing how students engage with each class.  

Finally, as we’ve now found ourselves sharing our living, working and learning spaces at home, Teams users can now customise their own background images and personalise their learning spaces whilst keeping their personal space private. 

Keeping students engaged  

The importance of keeping students energised, engaged and on the right path to growth is paramount in this new era of remote learning. In Microsoft Teams, students can chat with their whole class, in groups or one-to-one with their teachers and on the flip side, teachers can also connect with one another in online PLCs (professional learning communities). 

In Teams, teachers can connect with students by distributing and grading assignments (within the built-in Assignments app), chatting with students to offer support as needed, and conducting video calls to ensure students still have valuable face time with their peers while out of the classroom. In the quest to keep students engaged, teachers can also use these features to facilitate game-based learning to help maintain attention spans, create a sense of community and empower students to express their creativity. 

OneNote is also a great tool for remote learning, offering students the ability to record work in an online notebook, even when they are offline. Coupled with this, in the supporting social learning app, Flipgrid, students can bring their creativity to life by sharing voice and short videos online. 

Ensuring school communities are safe  

The new Microsoft Teams Education policy wizard ensures that school communities are safe whilst remote learning, this means that school IT admins can now easily apply education tailored policies for a safe learning environment. The policy wizard allows the IT admin to quickly and easily apply the most relevant set of policies for students at a global (Org-wide default) level and apply a custom policy set to a group of educators and staff tailored to their needs. 

Driving a fast transition 

Some of the most popular programmes that schools are used to using in the classroom can now be integrated into Microsoft Teams. With the mConnect app, teachers and students can use Moodle to learn and work. This allows students to create one workspace with access to their courses, assignments, topics and calendar, saving time and remaining organised. 

Coupled with its launch of new features, Microsoft has shared a variety of strategies and resources on their website to enable students and teachers to quickly create online classrooms and find new ways to connect and learn. 

LIMA is an expert in driving modern workplace transformation. We provide tools and resources that ensure users can collaborate effectively and share information securely, no matter where they work.    

As a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Partner, we are perfectly placed to assist our customers with evaluating and integrating solutions, from the entire Microsoft 365 stack. If you’re interested in finding out more about how we can help your business stay connected in the modern workplace, click here.   

Source – statistics sourced from Microsoft.com  

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