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Hi all,

 

Because of the Covid break-out I can no longer teach my students face to face. The schools here are closed and we have to teach using computers and the internet.

 

I noticed that Microsoft teams worked very well for this, and thus I started to make classrooms in teams. There is one thing that I do not understand, so I hope someone can help me with this.

 

The people in the Teams Classroom can all start a conversation with the rest of the classroom. This is unhandy because I can not guarrantee the safety and wellbeing of my students when I am not in the call aswell. Is there a setting that prohibits the students to call for a meeting, and only allow the owner of the Team to make said call?

 

I would like to thank you in advance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sven

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@SvenBakker is there really a safeguarding issue if your pupils can talk to each other? Don't they talk at school?

 

Are you using an EDU Team, if you click on the ... next to the channel name, choose Manage Channel, and you can limit who is allowed to post in that channel. The General channel is a bit limited, but if you add another channel (e.g. by topic) you get some additional options.

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@adam deltinger, thank you for your reply.

I have looked at the admin page, but a lot of text is greyed out. Could it be that the schools administrator has locked out these features?

 

This is the first time I'm working with Teams, and you never know whats up with school computers, so is it possible that the schools administrator did something?

 

Thank you again.

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@Steven Collier, thank you for the reply as well! Of course the students talk at school. But there is always a teacher around to sort things out if it goes south. I just don't want to give the school 'bullies' another platform to disbehave. That's the reason I want to be in the conversation when they are having one. Just to look out for my pupils.

 

I have found that option, but it only prohibits the students to type messages, not prohibit them to start a mass converation with everyone in the Team.

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@SvenBakker There are three types of conversations.

 

Chat - These are 1:1 or groups up to 100 participants. There is a switch that an admin can use to enable or disable this feature on a user-by-user basis. You might want to just turn this off for all students using a messaging policy..

 

Meeting Chat - Available before, during and after a meeting, useful for people to ask questions. Again your admin can turn this on and off in the Meeting Policies for all or particular users. This will only exist if you do not select a channel for your meeting, if you do then the same polices as below apply.

 

Channel - These would be your classrooms, the controls I showed you allow you to control who can start or reply to conversations within your classroom.