Keeping your students organized and on top of their work that must be done can get a little chaotic – especially if you’ve been going digital. When working with Microsoft Teams, the General Channel is the default to posting all these notifications to students. However, to help both you and your students stay organized, you can post assignments to specific channels instead.
If you have assignments for specific units or groups of students, you can now post these notifications in that specific channel. Unfortunately, Teams doesn’t allow you to do this for private channels. So, if you have assignments that are only for specific students, you will have to assign the work to those students only. We go through how to assign work to specific students and to the specific channels below.
Assign to a Specific Channel
Ready to get your Teams organized? It’s pretty easy to do this, so with little time, and little effort your Teams will be nice and cleaned up.
To start, go into your Assignments tab and create a new assignment. Fill out all of the assignment details that you want to add. At the bottom of the page, you will notice a line that reads “Post Assignment Notifications to this Channel: General.” Next to it, click on the Edit button.
You will see the different channel options that you can choose. Choose which channel you will want the assignment notifications to go to, and click done. Then, don’t forget to assign the assignment to your students. You can go into the channel you chose and see the assignment notification there.
Don’t see all the channels when Editing where to post the assignment notifications? Note that you are unable to choose private channels. For a workaround here, you can instead assign work to specific students.
Assign to Specific Students
Many teachers create private channels for students to do group work in or to easily separate students and give them different versions of the same assignments. When assigning work, it would be nice to also post the assignment notifications to that channel, but unfortunately, Teams doesn’t allow you to do this in private channels. Instead, we will have to manually choose and assign the work to these groups of students.
To begin, we will create a new assignment from the Assignments tab in your Team. Once all the details are added in, you can choose which Team and which students to assign this to. Instead of choosing All Students, you can pick and choose which students will receive this assignment. You can go through your class list and choose the students. You will notice that you are not able to edit where the notifications are posted after you have done this.
Once the work has been assigned, students will receive a notification on their end that they must complete the work. Unfortunately, they won’t receive a notification in any of their channels, but they will know they still must do the assignment.
There are many different ways to use Teams and make it easier for you and your students to stay on top of their work. Hopefully, these are 2 ways that you can implement them in your routine. For other Teams Tips & Tricks, check out the articles below:
- Microsoft Teams For Online Teaching – A Guide For Teachers
- Step-By-Step Tutorial For Using Class Notebook In Microsoft Teams
- Creating An Assignment With a Class Notebook Page
- Best Ways To Use The Collaboration Space in Class Notebook
- Create And Use Breakout Channels In Teams For Teaching [Step-By-Step]
- 15 Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks for Teachers