At the end of the day, teachers will have to deal with a lot of new responsibilities as a direct result of the crisis. Teachers will need to adjust to new platforms and, in some cases, completely reimagine their lesson plans. As a result, school districts will need to provide the right tools and training to prepare for the coming semester. This preparation should begin with Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams For Teachers and Students
So, what exactly does Microsoft Teams offer teachers? Microsoft Teams is an offshoot of Microsoft 365, the standard Microsoft productivity platform. While it handles many of the same tasks as other tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams also works with Microsoft 365. In other words, it is integrated with many of the programs that schools already use (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc).
Microsoft Teams vs. Zoom: Which Is Better For Educators?
When you look at the basic features — meetings, file sharing file sharing, instant messaging, etc. — Zoom and Microsoft Teams seem pretty similar. They both allow groups to share info quickly and perform multiple tasks in one place. That said, Microsoft Teams is a better fit in an educational environment for a few reasons.
First, Microsoft Teams has some of the best security measures of any platform of its kind. Microsoft Teams allows for two-factor authentication to keep accounts secure. Additionally, Microsoft encrypts data storage and transfers via SharePoint. Notes are also safely secured through OneNote encryption.
While Zoom does have security features as it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. This breach left the private data of millions of users exposed. It caused Zoom to bolster its security protocol, but the company continues to deal with the PR nightmare. In the end, Zoom cannot yet compare to Microsoft when it comes to security.