Thursday, January 6, 2022

Q&A in Microsoft Teams Meetings

I'm not a regular Microsoft Teams user (the schools and clients I work with all use Zoom or Meet) which is why I rely on Mike Tholfsen's great YouTube channel to keep me updated about the latest and greatest in Microsoft Teams. It's through Mike's channel that I learned about the relatively new and updated Q&A feature in Microsoft Teams meetings. Mike published this concise tutorial on how to use it. His video shows the teacher view and student view of using the Q&A tools in Microsoft Teams meetings. 

Applications for Education
What I like about this Q&A feature in Microsoft Teams meetings is that you can pick a question from all of those submitted by students and publish it for the whole class to see. That way there is a visual reminder for the whole class as you are answering a student's question. 

Whiskers and Transcripts

One of the many things that I love about being a dad to two little girls is all of the questions they ask me. Many of their questions are about things that I haven't thought about in decades. For example, the other night my four-year-old asked about our cat's whiskers. Specifically, she wanted to know why cats have whiskers. My answer was that cats have whiskers to help them feel and sense things near them especially in the dark. For my four-year-old that was a suitable answer. If you'd like a bit more in-depth answer as to why animals like cats have whiskers, SciShow Kids offers this good video lesson.

While watching the video above, I accidentally clicked on the "open transcript" button on YouTube. That reminded me of this tutorial I published about how to create a hyperlinked transcript of almost any YouTube video. 

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