Last time we looked at the vast differences in posting and responding to posts in Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. Teams just had too many features to cover in one article, so we’ll look at another category today, reactions to posts, none of which exist in Google Classroom, so we’ll leave that behind this time. Day 102 of 365 Ideas for #Microsoft365 is all the ways you can react to a post in Teams. BTW, we have to make a slight change- this series has been titled 365 Ideas for Office 365, but Microsoft is rebranding, so it will now be Microsoft 365.
Before I get into reactions specifically, let me mention one other difference that my friend Andrew Fitzgerald shared with me after seeing the last post. With both Teams and Classroom, you can paste text into a post. But try that with an image! In classroom you can only add an image as an attachment, which means students have to actually click to open it. In Teams you can copy and paste, or take a screenshot and paste right into your post so the image appears in the feed. When your class is working remotely, that’s not just a matter of convenience- one or two fewer clicks. It’s the difference between “I never saw that” and “Thanks for showing us that!”
Now, on to reactions. The first set are literal reactions.
Hover over any post or reply and you’ll be able to like, love, or express laughter, surprise, sadness or anger about that post. That’s a great way to have students acknowledge that they read a comment.
More than just Reactions
Click on the ellipses and you will find a number of other ways you can interact with that message.
You can Save any message into a library of saved messages. To find your personal library, click on your account icon in the top right corner, then the Saved icon in the dropdown.
A sidebar opens on the left with your list of saved messages.
You can share the message via email with Share to Outlook.
There is a Translate option but that also exists in the fully featured Immersive Reader, so for anything posted you can add read aloud, grammar tools, picture dictionary, background colors, text masking and translation into about 70 different languages, all of which have some or all of those reading helps in place as well.
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