Add a "Raise Your Hand" feature in meetings
When in a meeting with multiple people it would be nice to have a way to signal that you would like to speak so that you can be called upon by the meeting organizer.
This would allow users to show they have something to say, but they do not want to interrupt
We are happy to announce the general availability of this feature for Windows, Mac & Mobile devices.
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Bob Belcher commented
Why don't I have the Hand Raise feature?
It's really a good news for us.
David Smith commented
I am eagerly awaiting this feature.
Lets get this feature ASAP :)
Lucien André Reuter commented
Would be so Amazing!
That would be very interesting!
This feature should also be included in the mobile version, as there you can't signal that you wish to make a contribution via the chat.
Can Microsoft consider introducing the ‘raise hand’ feature on teams virtual meeting platform.
It kinda helps the moderator keep the meeting organized such that anyone with an opinion to express in the meeting can indicate by tapping on a ‘raise hand’ button which becomes visible to all meeting participants.
In Addition to raising hand, the ability to track the order in which the hands are raised is important to etiquette and to ensure people are heard as they wanted to be given the point in the meeting or subject. This feature is critical for official public hearings / council meetings / public engagement.
If they’re there already, they’re well buried. Need to be able to raise hand to speak evident to meeting Chair (often NOT the “presenter” running Teams) and in WHAT ORDER and with POINT-OF-ORDER capability (I.e., build in Roberts Rules).
Also need ability to run private SIDEBAR chats.
Also difficult to run separate audio transfer from phone to computer audio (or reverse).
Would be nice if the raise your hand feature could be integrated with an unmute feature for the organizer/presenters. Thinking something along the lines of when an attendee raises their hand, the organizer/presenter can grant them access to unmute themselves or that the organizer/presenter can unmute them.
Dewayne Hyatt commented
I would think that the ability to unmute a participant could be considered a privacy issue. While I understand the convenience of doing so in a class room setting, imagine if you were able to unmute someone without their knowing and listen to them.
With the work from home status the Nation is under, the school district I am employed is using TEAMS as a meeting platform. However, it would be really great if the option to "Raise Your Hand" feature in meetings was available. Currently, multiple people will begin speaking at once or just the inform the speaker there is a question. Currently we are using the CHAT box to type in questions for the speaker.
Kathryn Anderson commented
Agree with commentator below that, in addition to "raise hand," teachers would love an option for students to indicate
"thumbs up" (agree / currently following or understanding)
"thumbs down" (disagree / currently not following or not understanding)
"thumb to the side" (feeling unsure about opinion or student is uncertain re: whether or not they are following or understanding)
It would be great to see the indicator beside the student's name or photo in the moment. Student's indicator might also change as the class progressed -- at first I was understanding, then I was confused, then I was feeling unsure, now I feel that I understand.
I would use this in a synchronous situation where I was asking opinions for discussion or checking, in the middle of a lesson, whether students were understanding / "with" me -- it would be great to be able to see them in the moment and for students to be able to change them any time we asked the "how are you doing?" question during the presentation.
Would be great to have this feature now. For the time being the number of online meetings is on a high level and the number of participants is higher than ever before. As facilitator of these meeting it is a pain to manage all the people and to find out who wants to speak next.
Please guys make this happen. Even if it is not working perfect.
Hey, do you know when the feature will be able for Europe? I know there are some testing in US. We are planing to host a conference by the end of April, with more than 30 people online and we need to decide which platform to use... Without "raise a hand" feature it's not possible to manage the conference properly on Teams....
Patrick McCormick commented
Please, please have a mobile version, especially for iOS devices ready to go when this is released!
work on it quickly please
Since we are dealing with classes of students, multiple non-verbal options are needed. Such as, thumbs up/ down (checking for understanding), raise hand (need help), and slow down or go faster (student assessment of learning). Just some examples. Maybe 3 face emojis for releasing students (self-assessment).