Microsoft Teams, the Office 365 for Education version, allows you to quickly create assignments and distribute them to your class. As the instructor, you will be able to see which students have submitted their assignments and then view them, grade them, and deliver feedback to the students.
- [Instructor] Another great feature that's available in the Office 365 for Education version of Teams is the ability to create and review assignments. Let's take a look at how to do this. So right now, I'm inside of my 21st Century Communications team that I just created. If I go to the General channel, you'll notice the tabs up at the top. We've talked about Files. We've talked about Class Notebooks. But let's take a look at Assignments. If I click here on Assignments, you'll notice that any assignments I create will appear inside of here.
I haven't yet created any though. So if I go up to the top, I can click on Create. And from here, I can create a New assignment or a New quiz. I'll click on New assignment. Now, it assigns it to my 21st Century Communications team because that's the team I'm in. And then right now it is assigning it to all students. However, if I wanted to specifically assign it to only certain students, I can definitely do that. There may be a situation where certain students need to make up an assignment or redo it, and I can share that just with them.
In this case, though, I'll keep it as all students. Now, I'll put Introduction to Yourself as the name of this assignment and go ahead and paste in a description or the instructions for the assignment. If I want to, I can Add resources. I can do that by going to a Class Notebook, a Link, or adding a New File. A New File I can add from Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Otherwise, I can also upload from my device. So let's say here that I just wanted to include this document.
It will include that along with the assignment. But now we also had some other choices to make. When is the due date? So in this case, let's say it's going to be due on Thursday, November 1st, at 11:59 p.m. You can decide if you want to schedule to assign it later, meaning that if I click Yes it will ask when you want that assignment to be pushed out. In this case, I'm creating it now, so I'll turn that off. You can decide if you want Late turn-ins to be allowed. I always want that to be allowed. I'd rather have something rather than nothing.
And then you can decide whether it will be graded. So is it worth points? If I say Yes, they're asking how many. Let's just say here that I'll create it for 10 points. You also have the ability to add a rubric which is really convenient. I can click here on Add rubric, and I have several rubrics that I've saved in here. If you don't have rubrics, which you won't right away, you can go ahead and click on plus New rubric. And it walks you through how to create your own rubrics. So this can be an easy way to be able to grade things by attaching a rubric, right to an assignment.
Now, when I'm done, I can save that assignment which you can now see appears here in my Assignments. If I click on it, it pops back up, and I can choose if I want to go ahead and assign it. So if I click on the button here in the top right, it would assign that my students. Now, let's take a look again at a course that was already created, for instance, Biology. And if I open up the Biology class and go to the General tab, I can go up here to Assignments. And you'll see that several assignments do appear.
Now, this isn't where the fun ends though. As the teacher, you have the ability to go in and to review these from here. So I can see, for instance, that on Friday, August 24th, the Oceans Presentation was due and it was turned in by two out of 25 students. If I click on this particular assignment, it brings up the assignment. So you can see that here. And then one of the options we have as the instructor is Review. And if I go up here and click on Review, it's going to bring up all of my students.
It's telling me here whether they turned it in or not. And I can see that Benjamin and Sandy have turned it in. Nobody else has. And then I can even grade it and give feedback right inside of here. So, for instance, if I clicked on Benjamin's, you'll see here that his assignment appears here. I did have a rubric present as a presentation rubric. If I click on that, I can then conveniently just click on the one that applies. In this case, it was a three Developing. Shows a good understanding of the topic.
I can enter in feedback down below this. So feedback is down here. I could put in any notes that I want to him. I'll click Done on this. And then I can also give a score. So in here, I gave it a score of 81. Click Return. And it will return now to that main Assignments page. Now after I've graded Benjamin's, I have the ability to click on the dropdown menu and quickly access the next one. So, for instance, here is Sandy's, and I can go in there and see her submission.
If I go down to the next one, you'll see in this case that Ben, remember, hasn't turned it in. So although we get this, they did nothing with it. And they did not finish that assignment. So I really think that the Assignments feature inside of Microsoft Teams is an extremely beneficial one. You have the ability to create assignments right inside of here. To store them on the platform where students can then access them and complete them. And then as the instructor, you have the ability to review them, to grade them, and to give student feedback.
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- Creating tutorials and flipped classes with Sway
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- Creating visual representations of data in Word
- Sharing resources with OneDrive
- Creating class notebooks with OneNote
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