New Feature Coming Soon: Q&A App in Teams

Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson is a STEM Integration Transformation Coach at TAF @ Saghalie, a middle school in Federal Way, WA. In her five years as an anti-racist educator, she began her journey teaching math and science in fifth and sixth grade at Cane Bay Middle School in Summerville, SC after graduating from the College of Charleston in 2015. After graduating with her graduates in the curriculum and teaching from Western Governors University in 2017, she moved to Seattle, WA in 2018 with her wife Kourtney, where her career has revolved around focusing on K-12 math teaching with research in decolonizing math plan for teachers and students, creating inclusive mathematical environments, and the use of technology to bridge the equity gap in mathematics teaching. She is a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, a National Geographic Educator, an Apple Educator, an InsPEARational Educator, and an education technology consultant for tech companies in the Seattle area.

Moderation function

Something I have noticed coming to Microsoft Teams is the Q&A app! At larger meetings, I think this will be a total game changer. I can not tell you how many meetings I have sat in (e.g. Large-scale PD with more than 200 participants), where questions in the chat box sometimes go unnoticed, or maybe someone spends a lot of time asking questions. Having some sort of moderation feature has always been helpful, and it seems like one is now coming to Teams.

To help provide a more structured question and answer during larger meetings, this feature allows participants to:

  • Ask and answer questions before and during a meeting.
  • Highlight the best answers and filter answers
  • Moderate and reject questions (this is the nicest part for me – a moderation feature is in my eyes always necessary for large meetings so we can filter out questions that are off topic or not productive for the conversation)
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How to download

It also seems that answers to questions are threaded in a conversation with the original question.
I see a lot of profit from the Q&A app, especially in large meetings. Via the Microsoft website, the Q&A app will generally be available in September 2021. To add Q&A to a meeting, simply add the app during the scheduling process. And for more information on questions and answers, check out the video here.

About the author

Victoria Thompson is a STEM Integration Transformation Coach at the Technology Access Foundation – a nonprofit leader redefining STEM education in public schools – a consultant for Ignite EdTech, a learning specialist for NCCE, and an ISTE ambassador. She has been in education for five years and began her journey by teaching math and science in fifth and sixth grade in Summerville, SC. After completing her master’s degree in curriculum and teaching, she moved to Seattle, WA in 2018, where her career has revolved around focusing on STEM integration in schools, K-12 math teaching with research in decolonizing math plans for teachers and students, creating inclusive math environments and the use of technology to bridge the equity gap in math teaching. She has presented at ISTE, ImpactEducation, CUE and DigCitSummit on topics such as creating inclusive math classrooms, culturally responsive STEM education and justice in education technology. In addition, she was recently awarded the title one of the top 30 K-12 IT influencers in 2021 by EdTech Magazine.

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