#ICYMI: February 12, 2021

What’s in this week’s blog?

This week we are focusing on getting ready for the semester. Check out our topics:

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Educational Technology and Technology Services is still working hard to bring you new updates, resources, and more! Follow this blog and social media accounts to be sure to stay up to date with the latest information.

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Breakout Rooms Practice Sessions

Educational Technology will have another session on how to use the new Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms feature.

If you want to learn more about this new feature, visit our Teams Meetings Breakout Rooms post.

Microsoft Forms Workshop

Educational Technology is hosting a 45-minute Microsoft Forms workshop. Learn how to use Microsoft Forms to create surveys, quizzes, and polls that feature text, images, and video. Collect responses and use built-in analytics or Excel to evaluate responses. Invite collaborators or host a Form in a Microsoft Group to edit the form and the results. For more information on using Forms, visit our Microsoft Forms Workshop post.

Microsoft Training Sessions

Microsoft Teams Live Event Organizer Session

Technology@Wooster is happy to offer another session from the Cleveland-based Microsoft Trainers on organizing Teams Live Events.

Access Previous Sessions

You will still have access to the previous sessions for 180 days. Please view our Microsoft Training Sessions post to access those recordings.

What’s New in Microsoft Recap

Here are some of the newest and upcoming features that Microsoft is constantly rolling out for Office 365. (We do not have any control over when Microsoft releases updates.) We will continue to add to our updates on our Microsoft Updates post.

Want to know what the top updates to use in 2021? Well, look no further than Microsoft’s Mike Tholfsen’s video on 11 Features for Teams in 2021 (some of these are still rolling out).

Features Rolling Out

PowerPoint Presenter View: When you share a PowerPoint from the Share Tray in Teams, Presenter View automatically opens. Presenter view allows you to see your notes, next slides, and the individuals in the meeting.

Presenter view in Teams with an example PowerPoint.
Presenter view in Teams

Disable Meeting Chat Temporarily: Need your meeting participants to pay attention to what is happening in the meeting. You can temporarily disable chat for your participants. Then you can enable it later during the meeting when you would like them to be able to chat again.

Microsoft Whiteboard add to Team: You can now add a Microsoft Whiteboard to your Team channel for collaboration and more.

Image of whiteboard in Teams
Whiteboard in Channel in Teams


Insights: You can use insights to see what is happening in your Teams class. It will give you digital engagement for the week including when students attended sessions. Check out the video for more information.

Insights in Teams

Want to suggest something to Microsoft for an improvement? You can via their UserVoice platform. Here are a few to check out:

Educational Technology Support Videos

Did you know that Educational Technology has support videos? Check out our Ed Tech Support Videos today.

Check this Out

Have you ever wished there were a less awkward way to end a Teams meeting? Well, a Microsoft engineer took it upon himself to create end credits for his Teams meetings. Check out this lighthearted post and video with Teams End Credits.

Information about Calendar Events

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