Victoria Mercer

‘Microsoft Teams made my teaching more efficient’

One-time technophobe Victoria Mercer says that, once she got to grips with Teams, teaching remotely enabled her to mark more efficiently, streamline tasks and cover her subject in greater depth

‘Microsoft Teams made my teaching more efficient’

When remote learning first started, I’m sure I was not alone in feeling like a grandparent using technology. The early days were spent trying to get my head around screen sharing, uploading documents, accepting students through the “lobby” and, most importantly, unmuting myself.

I tried desperately to accept the new normal and power through it. But lessons felt like neverending black holes of trying to teach meaningful subject content while, essentially, speaking to myself. Add to that the fact that, as head of Year 11, I was constantly having to try to reassure parents and students that ...

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