At the close of your school year, we will be retiring Microsoft Classroom Preview. Some features of Microsoft Classroom Preview will evolve to become part of Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. Teams will have embedded classroom functionality (coming soon). This affects you if your school or district has been using Microsoft Classroom Preview. Your class data will not transfer automatically from Microsoft Classroom to Microsoft Teams, but all your Classroom data will continue to be accessible via Office 365 Groups except for assignment grades.
Details on dates, content saving, and the transition from Classroom to Teams are all shared here.
When does support for Microsoft Classroom Preview end?
Microsoft Classroom Preview will be supported through the end of the school year. After these dates, you will no longer be able to create new classes:
- July 31, 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere
- January 31, 2018 in the Southern Hemisphere
As a new customer, can I onboard to Microsoft Classroom Preview?
As of May 2, 2017, onboarding is no longer available for Microsoft Classroom Preview.
What will happen to my class content and where can I find it?
Your class content will not transfer automatically from Microsoft Classroom to Microsoft Teams, but all your data is accessible and will continue to live in Office 365 Groups except for assignment grades.
Files and Assignment Resources
Class files will be accessible as shared Office 365 Groups files from SharePoint. Assignment resources will continue to be supported in your Classroom SharePoint Site. Using “Copy to,” educators can copy files and folders directly from Class SharePoint to your OneDrive for Business.
The class calendar will be accessible as an Office 365 Groups Calendar from Outlook.
The Class Notebook will be accessible from the Office 365 Groups SharePoint site.
Use the “Distribute Content Library” feature for OneNote to copy content from one Class Notebook into a new Class Notebook at the start of the next school year: Distribute Content Library in Class Notebook Add-in.
Classes will continue to be accessible as an Office 365 group, so teachers, administrators, and students can access their data (files related to assignments, Class Notebook) through solutions such as Microsoft Outlook or SharePoint Online.
Assignment data will not be accessible after the Microsoft Classroom Preview close dates. If access to this data is required after these dates, please export class grades to Excel prior to the end of the school year.
Will classes created from Classroom and School Data Sync appear in Teams?
Classes that were created within the Microsoft Classroom Preview via School Data Sync (SDS) will not be carried forward in the new classroom experiences for Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. Schools use SDS each semester to create new classes and rosters, so this is in keeping with previous behavior.
If the Microsoft Classroom Preview isn’t available, what can I use instead?
This summer, new classroom experiences will be ready and available for Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. We recommend you start using Microsoft Teams today so you can become familiar with it before support for Microsoft Classroom Preview ends.
Is Microsoft Teams already available for Office 365 for Education users? How do I get it?
IT admins can turn Teams on now, and it will already be turned on by default if you have a Faculty or Staff license in Office 365 for Education.
How do I learn about using Microsoft Teams?
Whether you’re an educator, IT administrator, or school leader, learn more about Microsoft Teams based on your needs.
What can I start doing in Microsoft Teams now?
The Getting Started guide linked above provides some great scenarios for using Microsoft Teams within your organization. Additionally, Faculty and Staff can begin using Microsoft Teams as their hub for teamwork and project-based collaboration. Some scenarios include using Teams to:
- Stay connected with group or 1:1 conversations
- Collaborate on department-wide initiatives
- Share lesson plans and discuss best practices for upcoming units in the syllabus
- Plan and organize school events
- Pin existing Class Notebooks as website “tabs” in a team so work can continue without interruption (see educator guide for more instructions).
Will School Data Sync still work with the new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams?
Yes, when the new classroom experiences become available in Teams, School Data Sync will start creating new classes for Microsoft Teams. SDS will continue to sync existing Microsoft Classroom Preview classes through your current school year (July 31, 2017 for the Northern Hemisphere and January 31, 2018 for the Southern Hemisphere).
Is this version of Microsoft Teams different than the one in Office 365 Business?
Currently, there are no differences between Teams in the Office 365 Business and Education plans, but with the release of the classroom experiences, education customers will have additional team options as noted below. No additional work is required of users to get new classroom experiences—they will be included automatically.
What options will I have to create teams within Microsoft Teams and will this be different for education customers?
You can start creating standard teams today within Microsoft Teams.
- Standard teams: Any combination of school staff and students can create a team to work together on a project-based or team-based activity, such as organizing after school student groups. Schools can leverage the integration with Office 365 services to coordinate events and keep track of team files right in the app. Since every Team is backed by Office 365 Groups, schools can even extend their conversations to their broader communities through Yammer or Outlook.
Beginning this summer, educators will be able to create digital classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and communicate with school staff all from a single experience in Office 365 for Education.
- Class teams: Like Microsoft Classroom Preview, teachers have access to assignments, files, conversations, and Class Notebook all in one space. IT administrators can also choose apps to enable within Microsoft Teams like Canvas, busuu, Flipgrid, and Kahoot!
- PLC teams: Teachers can connect regularly with their peers and continue their own development through professional learning communities (PLCs) in Teams. Form PLC teams around interest areas, grade levels, or across subjects. New teachers can be added at any time, and team members can share files and collaborate in channels, even when they’re not at school.
- Staff teams: Staff teams allow school administrators and teachers to easily share information and work together on school-wide initiatives. With Staff Notebooks, staff can publish school policies for the whole team to access or create individual professional development plans.
Is Microsoft Teams safe to be used in a school environment?
Yes, IT admins and team owners manage the types of interactions and content users can share, including controls for visual content like emojis, gifs, and memes that already exist today. With new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, we will be adding more controls for IT admins and teachers, including the ability to disable and enable chatting, delete inappropriate or offensive posts made by students, mute a student, and more.
Were students, teachers, and staff involved in the development of this product?
Yes, several schools and districts participated to test the new classroom features for Teams in Office 365 for Education. We are excited to work with our customers to ensure we deliver the tools they need to create more collaborative learning experiences for their schools.
What will stay the same in the classroom experience for Teams?
Teams integrates many of the same experiences from Microsoft Classroom into one space. Within Teams, you’ll have tabs for conversations, files, Class Notebook, and assignments. To learn more, visit the Meet Microsoft Teams guide.
Find out how to manage licenses through the Office 365 admin center and turn on Teams today.
Article ID: 4022583 - Last Review: May 17, 2017 - Revision: 10