Microsoft Teams first impressions and Teacher Dashboard Possibilities

Welcome Microsoft Teams

With MS Classroom gone, what's going to replace your simple assignment workflow tool?

The suggested solution from Microsoft is Teams and so I have been looking at whether it provides both:

  1. a legitimate replacement to Microsoft Classroom; and
  2. more potential functionality to Teacher Dashboard.

If you missed my last post, you can read what my thoughts are on the end of Classroom here.

A Quick History

Microsoft has gone to great lengths to build solid foundation applications which their Education Partners, like Teacher Dashboard, can use to develop further value.  If Teams is to compare to Classroom, it has to excel at providing a minimalist assignment workflow and require little to no training to get started. 

The End of Classroom...

Today the Northern Hemisphere says "goodbye" to Microsoft Classroom.

I know it received mixed reviews from teachers across the globe, but let's face it: if it fulfilled your assignment needs, it was good. 

I always liked MS Classroom. I was impressed with its task focussed design and how it was a helpful first step towards integrating a minimalist assignment workflow into schools, especially considering it's announcement coincided with the start of a mass exodus from larger learning products for being too complex and underutilised.

MS Classroom did have its shortcomings. Things like a lack of tracking teaching-over-time, no parent engagement and numerical only marking formats meant that it was never going to be universally adopted. Of course, this was a conscious decision by Microsoft so these schools could upgrade to more advanced products like Teacher Dashboard when their needs outstripped the available Classroom functionality.

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