What you need to know
- Teams for Education has picked up a slew of updates.
- These updates include a new grid view.
- Many new features center around sharing content with students and guardians.
Teams for Education has received several updates to help students, teachers, parents, and guardians stay up to date. The update comes two years after the launch of Teams for Education and centers around sharing content and helping people focus. The blog post by Microsoft announcing the update lays out the core aspects of the update:
- "A simplified and focused new design."
- "A gradebook and more time-saving tools for teachers."
- "More ways to share with students and guardians."
The new design of Teams for Education features tiles that make it easier to jump in and out of specific sections of the service. The new gradebook simplifies viewing average scores across a course. Users can also integrate with Grade Sync to sync assignments to PowerSchool and other systems. Teachers can also use the new gradebook feature to follow an individual student's progress.
On the sharing side of things, teachers can now import existing Class Notebooks to bring notes from a previous class into a new one. Teachers can also use the new Share to Teams feature to create an assignment and send links to their class directly from other education apps and learning resources. Developers have to enable this functionality, but Microsoft outlines the process to make that as simple as possible. To help parents and guardians stay up to date, teachers can now use Teams for Education to send out weekly progress reports for individual students.
All of these new features help educators, guardians, and parents support students in the learning process. There are many other features outlined in Microsoft's blog post as well. For more, check out Microsoft's full blog post.
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