Microsoft is on a roll lately. Every month there’s a set of new Microsoft Teams features to support educators. Some of these new features have already been released, some are currently rolling out to schools, and a few are due within the coming weeks.
An updated meeting join launcher experience
When starting a Teams meeting from a link, students will be provided a clearer list of options for how to access the meeting. They will be presented with an option to join on the web, download the Teams client, or join with the native Teams client.
Teachers can now change meeting options during a meeting
Previously you could only change meeting options before a meeting had started. That was fine, but it meant that you had to schedule all your class meetings in advance. Now you can change options on-the-fly, during the meeting.
Download a meeting participant report
Not sure when a student got to your class or even if they attended at all? Now you can download a full meeting attendance report to check up on anyone bunking lessons.
Set school-wide default selection for “Who Can Present” in meetings
School Microsoft 365 admins can now set a school-wide default setting for the “Who Can Present” option in Teams meetings. This means that once a teacher has started the meeting anyone else who joins will be automatically set to the attendee role, preventing students from kicking others and muting the teacher.
School admins can manage background effect in Teams meetings
Admins will soon be able to apply user-level policies to control how users engage with background effects in Teams meetings. The new options include offer no filters; background blur only; use background blur and default provided images; and all, which includes the ability for users to upload their own custom images.
Better policy controls over screen sharing from chats
This new policy will control screen sharing during one-to-one chats.
Pop out chats into separate windows
Users can now streamline their workflow and pop out chats into separate windows. This allows people to move more easily between ongoing conversations.