Comparing features between Microsoft Classroom Preview and classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams

Classroom management

Teaching goal

Microsoft Classroom Preview

Classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams

Add and remove students.

Add class rosters through School Data Sync or add and remove students by name.

Add class rosters through School Data Sync or add and remove students by name.

Manage multiple classes at once.

Post assignments to multiple classrooms at the same time and “deactivate” past classes.

Currently, cross-posting is not available in Microsoft Teams. However, manage multiple classes from within Microsoft Teams and move easily between class channels with one click.

Co-teach classes with other teachers.

Not available.

Add or remove co-teachers. They will share the same permissions as you to manage students, assignments, and class content.

Copy a blank worksheet for every student with one click.

Attach documents to an assignment from your computer or from OneDrive.

Create an assignment and specify the document you’d like students to turn in. This will attach an identical blank file to every student’s assignment.

In the future, you can specify a notebook page and attach it to a new assignment using these same steps and distribute an identical blank page to every student’s Class Notebook, all without leaving the app.

Add rich content to assignments, including links, PDFs, videos, presentations, quizzes, and more.

Share media such as YouTube or Microsoft Sways in Conversations or on OneNote Class Notebook pages.

Attach reference materials to your assignments—including documents, PowerPoints, links, or PDFs.

Customize assignments by due date and point value. Track reviewed assignments.

Set assignments due dates, times, and custom point values. Review and assign grades using Class Notebook.

Create, customize, distribute, and review assignments all within the Assignments tab. Set optional due dates and customized point values for assignments as you create them. You can also specify unique cases, like allowing late turn-ins. Return to assignments to edit later. Track student progress as assignments are turned in.

Draft and schedule assignments to assign later.

Not available.

Save assignments as drafts if you’re not finished editing them yet. The ability to schedule assignments to assign on a certain date is coming soon.

Conduct class polls.

Not available.

Microsoft Teams allows you to add tabs to your class, including the Microsoft Forms and Polly sites. Administer polls from within this tab.

Pose a question at any time in a class channel to collect student replies more informally.

Customize the default color, theme, or image for your class.

Select banners, icons, and titles to represent your class or school.

You can select a representative image and theme for your class from theme packs.

Store class resources in one place, including important reference documents like syllabi or class rules.

Use the Class Notebook’s Content Library to post pages you don’t want students to edit. Pages can also be password-protected. Create a Teacher-only section group to keep content private from your students.

Upload Files you want to share with the whole class to the Files tab in the General channel or in any other channel. You can also pin a document to the top of your team as a tab to give the class easy access.

Use Content Library pages in Class Notebook to share read-only information with students as well.

Organize due dates and important calendar reminders for students, as well as give students multiple places to check for upcoming assignments.

Assignment due dates automatically appear on the Classroom calendar. Students are able to view future assignments and those they have already turned in using the “Mark Done” button.

Students can contact teachers one-one-one for help on assignments.

Calendar view will be supported inline.

Students canview the assignments they have across all their classes, or byindividual class, moving back and forth over the current week, past weeks, or future weeks. If they select an assignment, it will open so they canview details or submit work. Students are notified the day before an assignment is due and teachers are notified with a tally of how many students have turned in an assignment on a particular day.

Stay on top of student work—including assignments to review, questions, or comments.

All assignments are collected into one place to review. Teachers receive student comments and questions via one-on-one conversations and use Class Notebook as another option to interact with students and their work.

Track student assignments in the Assignments tab. Students can pose questions in a channel and use @mention to get your attention. The notifications in the activity feed help you stay on top of all assignments and discussions. If chat is enabled for your class team, students can also request private one-on-one help from you there.

Track student assignment submissions, review work, add feedback, and check which students have updated assignments.

The ability to review work and assign grades is available.

Grade quickly and easily by using the Review feature. See status updates on which students have turned in an assignment and navigate around the grid to review work, add feedback, and assign points. You can also open the full-screen view, which allows you to move student-to-student and review student work in full screen mode.

Export grades to post elsewhere.

Export grades as a CVS file and import to your LMS if your LMS supports this feature.

The ability to sync grades from classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams to an LMS is coming soon. Export grades as a CVS file and import to your LMS if your LMS supports this feature.

Integrate your favorite teaching tools and apps into the platform.

Use the entire Office 365 suite of online and desktop programs including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Class Notebook allows you to sync assignments and grades with LMSs including Edmodo, Google Classroom, Moodle, Schoology, and more.

Use the entire Office 365 suite of online and desktop programs including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Access content in the Files tab or pin documents to the top of the class.

Microsoft Teams has partnerships with the following educational management systems and tools: Canvas, McGraw Hill, and Schoolology. Discover additional apps by selecting the Add tab icon.

Communicate with your students and collaborate together

Teaching goal

Microsoft Classroom Preview

Classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams

Access the app anytime and anywhere.

iOS and Android apps are available. OneDrive cloud storage is available on all web-based platforms. OneNote notebooks can also be used on the OneNote app available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.

Microsoft Teams is available on the web and as an app for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. The Assignment tab is arriving soon in the Microsoft Teams mobile app.

Provide real-time feedback to students.

Real-time feedback is available.

Provide feedback in real-time by monitoring your class team’s channels. You can reply to student posts there and view their discussions. Within each channel, the Notes tab corresponds to a section in the Class Notebook Collaboration Space. View, write, draw, or ink on any Notes page to provide feedback in real time.

Create and manage class discussions and collaboration in multiple scenarios.

Manage class discussions using the Microsoft Classroom Conversations feature.

Every Microsoft Teams channel contains a Conversations tab. Teachers can use @mentions of the General channel or the class name to post announcements. Use @mention to get a specific team member’s attention. Students can pose or answer questions and respond to one another in Conversations as well. Teachers can save important threads or share files and images in a post. “Liking” a post acknowledges a student post quickly.

Moderate class discussions by controlling who can post where and muting inappropriate comments or specific students.

Yes, teachers can moderate class discussions.

Teachers control who can post where in the class team’s settings, including whether or not @mentions for the whole class are enabled. Teachers also have the ability delete inappropriate comments or mute specific students.

Share rich content, including links, videos, and images.

Yes, rich content is shareable.

Teachers can attach a file or share a link within a Conversation tab message. Embed links, videos, images, presentations, and more in the Class Notebook included with each class team.

Distribute content to students instantly and/or share screens with your students.

Use Class Notebook’s Distribute Page feature to copy content to students.

Files you share in a conversation are automatically added to the Files tab and sync with any changes you make to the document. Distribute reference materials and blank worksheets to students using the Assignments tab. Attach links, PDFs, or OneNote Class Notebook pages as reference materials or Word, PowerPoint, or Excel documents for them to turn in.

IT support

Teaching goal

Microsoft Classroom Preview

Classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams

Ad-free and safe. Will never use content or classroom data for advertising purposes.

Microsoft Classroom Preview does not have ads and will not use content or classroom data for advertising purposes.

Microsoft Teams does not have ads and will not use content or classroom data for advertising purposes.

Teachers and students can sign in with a single sign-on.

Yes, Microsoft Classroom Preview works with a single sign-on.

Yes, Microsoft Teams works with a single sign-on.

Free training materials available for professional development and onboarding.

Yes, free training materials are available for Microsoft Classroom Preview and Class Notebook.

Yes, free training materials are available and we’re always creating more. Meet Microsoft Teams to learn more and begin onboarding your school today with guides for educators, staff, and IT.

You can connect with other Teams users and learn more on the Microsoft Teams Tech Community.

All personal data is secure and protected.

Microsoft Classroom Preview adheres to all O365 security and privacy compliance guidelines.

Microsoft Teams adheres to all O365 security and privacy compliance guidelines.

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