Class Insights in Microsoft Teams coming January 2020

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Not everyone gets access to the Admin Portal in Microsoft 365 as they are part of a managed service or not been given the elevanted rights to be able to view settings or access any data.

A new pop up has appeared in the Message Centre in EDU tenants around Class Insights for Microsoft Teams. I hope you find this valuable but it is a direct copy and paste of the message. It can also be seen in short in the roadmap here.


In July, we introduced Class Insights in Teams powered by Education Analytics for Office 365 for Education Tenants. We are pleased to announce that phase two will begin in January 2020.

  • Tenants who do not yet have this feature will be on-boarded in December 2019, as announced in MC186217.
  • The second phase of this project, which includes the educator facing experience, will begin rolling out in January 2020.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 58277.How does this affect me?

Class Insights, powered by Education Analytics, is an analytics experience for educators who are using Teams as a digital classroom experience.

In the first phase, we have begun collecting and processing data from Teams and the Assignment service.

The second phase, which includes the educator facing experience, will be available starting in January 2020. The experience will be delivered within a tab that will be available in all Class teams. The Insights tab presents educators with insights about assignments and conversations that occur within Class teams.

Teacher view of grades

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

You do not need to do anything to prepare for this change.

Education Analytics is on by default but you can opt-out at any time by turning off the Teacher Analytics toggle in the in the School Data Sync settings page. Please note that this feature does not have any dependencies on School Data Sync.

Education Analytics setting, On

Class Insights meets the privacy and security requirements set forth in the Online Service Terms.

Microsoft Virtual Edu Event: 22nd August 2019

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There’s a great virtual event on the horizon for us that work in the education sector.

Microsoft are putting on a set of free webinar all about Microsoft Teams and other technologies around these which will help you to get more out of the Microsoft cloud platform (all the free options).

If you can’t make it, if you register anyway you will get sent a link of all the records, so register no matter what but you can also choose from any of the sessions below.  I’ve put the time they are running in the UK but also the local time for Microsoft Redmond.

You can also just sign up for single events should you want to.

London (GMT+1)/PST

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Microsoft School Data Sync End of Year Process

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Its that time of year again where we are looking at the end of year processes for IT which includes archiving user data, moving those users, upgrading system and taking a little break from staff knocking at the door for help <– never an issue but it is nice to have a break ;-).

Microsoft School Data Sync users your classes for that academic year so we have an end of year process we need to complete for us to be ready to add the following years classes to the system.

When you set up your current profile you would have been asked for an end of year date.  At the end of this date, this changes your profile into a new state ready for the archive process.  I often pick a date towards the end of August, after results day in the UK so any Teams are still available as they were throughout the year for the teachers wanting to check anything for GCSE or A Level students.

The day after the date you have set the profile changes into a locked state, and you are presented with the ability to archive the profile with three different options as part of this archive process.  These are:

  • Mark Classes Expired
  • Archive Teams
  • Remove Students from Classes

Mark Classes Expired

This will change the alias and email address of the Office 366 Group (that underpins Teams) to include expmmyy allowing anyone using this information with third parts to easily filter the classes

Archive Teams

Once a class Team has been archived it will be moved to a drop down in your Microsoft Teams client which is called Archived.  This will help you to separate between your previous year classes and current academic year.

Remove Students from Classes

This is the most important decision to make for your staff, do you want students to be able to see their work from previous years?  Is it important for them to go back to previous years to help with revision?  It might be worth checking with your lead educator around ICT across the school to see what the preference is.

Good luck with the changes, if you have any questions please let me know via Twitter @alex_pearce or add me on LinkedIn (Alex Pearce) and happy to help where I can.

Slidedeck: Office 365 Edu as your file storage

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It was a pleasure to speak at the Microsoft Showcase School event at Downe House School.

Having worked with the school on their migration from file shares to using SharePoint Online in Office 365 Education we were both keen to pass this information onto schools and how it was done, the opportunities of using just SharePoint Online or Microsoft Teams.

With a great navigation implemented, teachers and students can easily access their files in the browser and is allowing the school with their digital transformation.

 

Awarded Office Apps and Services MVP 2019-2020

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This one did come as a surprise but was delighted to see that I was awarded Office Apps and Services Microsoft MVP 2019-2020.  What a massive honour and thank you to all those who help me to achieve this.

Like many others have said already, there are so many people in this great community that also deserve this award and it really does put it into prospective when you see what others are doing and for me to get this recognition.

12 years baby!!!

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Azure for Students

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Microsoft Azure for Students is back! This is a great opportunity for students to be able to play with the cloud resources Microsoft offer and for them to build and host their ideas for free.  What I will say now, these do not require a credit card so it’s perfect for students to just play with Azure.  There are 2 main offerings:

First there is an offer for 13+ year olds called the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter which allow you to build and code against dozens of app services.

The second is just called Azure for Students which is aimed for the university aged students (18+) and will give you $100 of credit which can be used for coursework and personal projects.

Previously these have been capped at the number of students who could sign up and I don’t know if this is the same again but get your students signed up now and allow them to start expressing the developer side!

Awarded Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP

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You can never complain when you get the email to say you have been awarded with Microsoft MVP but even after the 1st or 11th as it is now you still feel very lucky to get this high honour and I will never complain with the privileged that it is to be associated in such a way with a company like Microsoft.

As Microsofts culture is changing, the ability to work with their engineering teams and other offices in the UK allows a great opportunity for anyone to learn more and interactive with those who are developing product.

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Education Sessions from Microsoft Inspire

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The Microsoft Inspire conference is always a useful place to find where Microsfot are pushing their ideas, topics and goals with its Education Partner but the content can be relevent too those who aren’t Microsoft Partners.

Understanding where partners, solutions and education solutions from Microsoft will enable thought leaders, Directors of ICT and other education leaders to plan for the next 12 months and ensure they too have their goals for IT across their Schools/Academies,  Multi Academy Trusts or whole countries.

Below are a set of linked I’ve found from the Inspire agenda for you to listen in and what was presented on the screens.  If you are interested in finding out about certain services such as Azure, AI or Microsoft 365, there is also plenty of content.

Microsoft Cloud for Education – Bradley Tipp, Industry Solutions Manager, Microsoft

Back to School 2018 – Stephen Liffick, General Manager, Microsoft

Transformation in Digital Learning – Anthony Salcito, Vice President – Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Microsoft Education: What’s new and how to win – Eric Herzog, Education Field and Partner Marketing, Microsoft

FREE Webinar: Understanding Microsoft 365 Education

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Not many people are talking about Microsoft 365 Education and its new license type.  All EES agreements are changing to this cloud first licensing model but there isn’t much material out there about it.

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During this FREE webinar we will go through the licensing changes and what you get in the Microsoft 365 Education.

It was interesting in the recent survey I did on Office 365 Education and its usage that some people think that Office 365 and Microsoft 365 and the same so we’ll talk about this myth and put it to bed.

The session is at 3:30pm UK time on Monday 19th March. http://ms365edu.eventbrite.com.

Look forward to seeing you there.