The Latest Features Available in Microsoft Teams for 2020
Share to Teams: A new launcher script lets users embed a “Share to Teams” button into third-party websites, allowing them to seamlessly share links with other team members without switching over into the Microsoft Teams platform.
Grade Sync: This feature allows users to view grades and average scores within student information systems. A new integration with PowerSchool means that users of the leading K12 student information system will be able to adopt Grade Sync more easily. The function also lets educators see how an individual student is progressing over time.
Live captions: Microsoft Teams meetings can now be captioned. This add-on is useful to users with hearing impairments, and also opens up possibilities for other language learners, as meeting attendees can view live captions in up to six languages in addition to the language being spoken.
Better communication outside the organization: Users are now able to communicate within Teams with people who are not on the same system. Hyperlinks, text formatting and screen sharing will all be supported beyond internal teams. Plus, Parent and Guardian Sync lets educators send weekly progress updates to students’ guardians.
Plagiarism detection: A partnership with anti-plagiarism toolmaker Turnitin will help educators spot problematic work. The integration is now in beta testing for Turnitin users.
What’s New in Google Classroom for 2020
Grading improvements: New grading features from Classroom include a choice of grading system (total points or weighted by category) and the ability for students to see their overall grade, at the educator’s discretion.
Rubrics beta: Consistency in evaluating assignments helps students understand what’s expected of their work and can help educators apply a fair standard across the board. This new offering, currently in beta testing, shows students precisely in which areas their work needs to improve.
Drag and drop: As a part of Classroom’s overall move toward intuitive design, users can now drag and drop an entire topic to a specific location on the Classwork page. This gives users more flexibility in arranging how topics are displayed on the page, letting educators navigate students’ learning journeys.
Originality reports: In addition to using search tools to compare student work against the wealth of the web, this function flags missing citations. Teachers benefit because their time is freed up to better support students who feel the need to resort to copycatting; students who need help with proper citations benefit from the increased ability to detect their own errors.