It’s not even a year since Microsoft launched Classroom as an app in the Office 365 suite for education and yet by July 31st 2017 it will be discontinued! The reason for this is that almost simultaneously Microsoft launched Teams its chat based work space for business and it has now deemed this to be a better collaborative platform for teachers and students to use. This app will be much easier for teachers and students alike with web, desktop and mobile versions. Microsoft are integrating Teams with MIS data sync and launching the product for education.
Microsoft say that using Teams will allow you to “quickly and efficiently create classes with automatically populated student rosters from their school information system; share files and teaching materials; make announcements; divide the class into project groups and monitor progress; create, distribute and grade quizzes; deliver personalized learning with OneNote Class Notebooks; and distribute, collect and grade assignments.”
We have only just started supporting our customers with use of Microsoft Classroom but Gaia will now adjust its support to ready you for use of Teams . We are also looking at integration of Teams into our customised SharePoint solution.