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  1. Remove "Staff Notebook" from Microsoft Teams for Education

    I am not sure if this is a bug or not but we are using Microsoft Teams educational licenses. We want to use the Teams for our internal staff departments first. For some reason the setup of teams includes extra educational features like it force creates a OneNote tab called "Staff Notebook" in the General channel of each team. the OneNote includes a lot of classroom type customization that we do not want/need. Our departments have their own OneNotes. I cannot delete Staff Notebook tab or even rename it. I can add and delete other OneNotes but we want a…

    566 votes

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    92 comments  ·  UX & Design  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone! If you do not want to use the OneNote Staff Notebook or any of the other default tabs across the various team types, we suggest creating an ‘Anyone’ team instead.

    The ‘Anyone’ team will not include any add-ons by default and gives you the flexibility to use Teams however you would like. We understand that there are so many other ways you can use Teams that does not fit the Class/PLC/Staff team template. So ‘Anyone’ will be your best option!

    More information on the different team types in Teams for Education can be found here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/choose-a-team-type-to-collaborate-in-microsoft-teams-0a971053-d640-4555-9fd7-f785c2b99e67

    Feel free to reply back here if you have additional feedback.

    Thank you!
    Justin

  2. block calls between students but allow teachers to call students and students to call teachers within an allotted time of day

    There is a feature to block students from calling but this disables them from calling the teacher. They need to be able to call the teacher as well as the teacher to call them. There also needs to be a guideline time in place so that students could not call teachers at 3am. So restricting calls between the hours of 8am-8pm for example. Not that the teacher is required to pick up all of those hours but the would prohibit the student from times outside of the window.

    499 votes

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    29 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    To keep students from calling each other while allowing communication between educator and student, we recommend that schools disable student calling via admin policy and utilize the Meet Now feature in the Calendar to connect with students.

    If IT policy blocks students from using Meet Now, try enabling Supervised Chat in your institution so students can reach out the their educators over chat first to ask for assistance. Once the connection is made between educators and students over chat, then the educator can start a Meet Now as suggested above. Don’t forget to adjust the meeting options to ensure that the meeting can’t be used for unattended meetings after your conversation is done.

    To learn more about how to set this up, please visit https://support.microsoft.com/topic/keeping-students-safe-while-using-teams-for-distance-learning-f00fa399-0473-4d31-ab72-644c137e11c8

  3. Share a file across multiple team

    I have created several teams for my school (Yr 7 Maths, Yr 8 Maths, Yr 9 Maths) and while most of the time each team would be working specifically within that team, sometimes there may be a department file that we need to work on. Can I share the file between teams, and have the file constantly update and sync across all teams?

    183 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Files & Class Materials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Allow only the organizer to mute or remove other participants by default

    Change the meeting settings so that only the organizer can mute and remove participants. We are having trouble with students removing other students from a meeting.

    76 votes

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    15 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi there, yes it is possible. Try this out:
    After you created the meeting, go to “meeting options” and change the presenter to “only me”. This way, all non-organizers are joining as an “attendee” meeting role, which cannot mute nor remove other participants.

    Learn more at https://support.office.com/article/roles-in-a-teams-meeting-c16fa7d0-1666-4dde-8686-0a0bfe16e019

    Do you wish that the setting can be set by default by the admin? Let us know your thoughts.
    Gordon Chang from Teams

  5. "Detect Fragments and Run-On Sentences" feature in Word 2016

    Previous versions of Word detected fragments and run-on sentences, but Word 2016 does not. This is especially problematic because these are two of the most common writing errors students make; many students relied on this feature to improve their writing
    Please vote to have this feature added to Word 2016.

    68 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    4 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I want to try to provide clarity on the current functionality because we find that sometimes people are unaware of the settings available to tenant & team admins. There are three different types of edit/delete settings, all of which are switched on/off at the tenant or team level.
    1) Allow users to edit their own messages
    2) Allow users to delete their own messages
    3) Allow owners to delete all messages

    Tenant level settings:
    Tenant admins can update capabilities from the “Messaging” section in the Admin center.
    By default, allow users to edit/delete their own messages is ON at the tenant level (and therefore the team level).
    By default, allow owners to delete all messages is OFF by default in all tenants, except in EDU where it is ON by default.

    Team level settings:
    If edit and delete settings are enabled by the Tenant admin, team owners can also control…

  7. Presenter view when sharing PowerPoint presentation

    It would be nice to see presenter view with “next slide” and notes when presenting PowerPoint slides.

    31 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback!

    We have addressed your usability feedback with a quick mitigation via a keyboard shortcut for now: try clicking in the slide area, and press “Ctrl+Shift+X”.

    The notes and thumbnail strip should be closed. Using the same keyboard shortcut key again can bring the presenter view back. This update is now available.

    At the same time, we are also working on hiding the presenter view by default on devices with small screens. We will keep you posted when the update is available.

    Again, thank you for giving the feedback and helping us make the product better!

  8. Show when a member was last online

    I am trying to figure out which pupils have accessed our class Teams but this would be a lot more useful if you could see a date and a time when that member last logged on.

    10 votes

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    try this instead  ·  1 comment  ·  Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Integrate Excel with Teams for Attendance

    Being a student our first 10 mins get wasted in attendance as faculty has to call out all names and mark our attendance. India we have 100 students in one session, so its too hectic.

    Its gonna be great, if Teams team can integrate, Excel with it and can fetch data for all people who have joined the meeting. If possible fetch as per present date and time, Its gonna be helpful for saving time and increase efficiency.

    5 votes

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    try this instead  ·  2 comments  ·  Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 4 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    try this instead  ·  Cameron responded

    Students can always turnin again for accidental submissions leading upto the due date.

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