Teachers use Microsoft Teams to start classes again

Simple solution to the current issue of should we send children back to school. Teachers resume teaching using Microsoft teams. For disadvantaged children, provide laptops and broadband.

Why the contribution is important

This would keep children educated, safe and avoid the emotional distress of young people losing contact with friends/ teachers and worrying about the virus.

by consult1 on May 05, 2020 at 02:03PM

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Average rating: 3.6
Based on: 9 votes


  • Posted by sy278 May 05, 2020 at 14:45

    This is already happening in most places.
  • Posted by Rusnedd May 05, 2020 at 14:57

    Totally agree with this. I would like to see virtual classes held by teachers (smaller groups if necessary and with support to families with no access to laptops etc) which would provide some discipline and engagement which lets children feel part of their school class again - as well as provide support to parents working from home. Even if this was on a part time basis this would ensure education was being progressed. A clear and concise strategy for delivering the curriculum is required as a priority which should be relayed to parents and students. School work for my child has not been delivered to the best standard via Teams - unclear work assignments, lack of clarity, confusing/muddled layout and no follow up on performance. No ability (the school advises) for online/virtual teaching or engagement - yet Sports clubs are delivering classes via online teaching (Zoom) to my child with excellent results.
  • Posted by consult1 May 05, 2020 at 15:15

    Teachers teaching via Microsoft Teams is not happening where I live and I have discussed this with other people across the country who advise it is not happening. Parents are relied upon to teach, many also juggling full time jobs. I know vulnerable children are being provided with laptops and broadband, but teachers, as far as I am aware, are not the ones teaching.
  • Posted by consult1 May 05, 2020 at 15:18

    Totally agree with Rusnedd
  • Posted by consult1 May 05, 2020 at 15:20

    There has been a swift turnaround for businesses using Teams, therefore I don't understand why schools cannot. If safeguarding is the issue, then if lessons are part time, a parent can attend. At least the children will be focused.
  • Posted by bstrata May 07, 2020 at 11:32

    Forget the country, or councils. The approach on this front is inconsistent withing CATCHMENT areas. There seems to be no joined up thinking on this front. Some schools seem to be risk averse to the use of proven technology while others power on ahead. Instead of the "no child left behind" strategy its more a case of ALL children left behind as teachers in some schools have been demoted to the status of a glorified blogger, posting a couple of comments through the day and uploading a few documents for a days work. This does not seem to be the case at other schools who are making provision through video and providing live interaction between students and teachers.
  • Posted by CanadaGuy May 10, 2020 at 12:15

    I have three children and two are being taught using Google Classroom and one with Microsoft Teams. Both are great platforms and the key is using them effectively. There were mistakes at the being but every week is a learning experience and it is getting better all the time. If it could be rolled out more widely it is very effective. The only challenge is if both parents work online learning for the majority is not practical, as children S2 and below require a lot of support whilst being taught online.
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