Microsoft Teams has many features but there isn’t currently a way for teachers to create breakout rooms in classes.
Update September 2020: Officially supported breakout rooms will be coming to Microsoft Teams in October 2020!
Fortunately, there are several ways to create breakout style spaces already within the Teams app. This video guide runs through one such option: using private channels within your class to provide a more focused working space for your students.
Each private channel created has its own set of conversations, resources, and meetings, separate from the rest of your class. Students can be assigned access to the breakout room and prevented from accessing others. Teachers can also be assigned to one or more breakout spaces to moderate the conversation.
This works for me, but you may have your own way to create breakout spaces in Teams. Share your way of working in the comments.
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