It’s been a long time coming but finally teachers can prevent students unmuting themselves in Microsoft Teams meetings.
Until now you could prevent students muting and unmuting each other, but it relied on class disipline in order to prevent students unmuting themselves and causing a disruption in online lessons. For the first time, teachers can now fully take control of an online lesson and stop students turning on their microphones.
This update is still being rolled out, so you may not have it yet. If you don’t, try updating your Microsoft Teams app to the latest version by following these instructions.
How to prevent students turning on their microphone
These steps allow a Microsoft Teams meeting organiser (usually the teacher) to mute all student attendees.
- In your Teams meeting, click the three dot menu with the Participants window:
- Now select Don’t allow attendees to unmute.
- You will get a message that says Don’t allow attendees to unmute?, select Don’t allow.
If you want to allow students to turn their microphone back on, just reverse the process and select Allow attendees to unmute.
But this isn’t just useful for keeping control of a lesson. Using the new “don’t allow attendees to unmute” feature means that it’s possible to hold much larger meetings without risk of disruption.
Coupled with the new spotlight feature this makes holding large assemblies and presentations possible without having to resort to paying for additional licensing for Microsoft Teams Live Events.
Want to learn more about Microsoft Teams?
If you’re new to Microsoft Teams, start here. This book will give you must-have insight on chatting, file sharing, organizing teams, using video communication, and more. You’ll also see just how you should be doing things, with best-practice recommendations and ideas for integrating Microsoft Teams into your existing lesson plans.