My name is Claudia and I'm a teacher who helps parents with their kids remote and distance learning as well as well as how kids can best learn online and with technology!

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Microsoft Teams microphone etiquette for online learning

Updated: Aug 19, 2020


girl uses a laptop to do distance learning at home

I have been using Microsoft Teams for six weeks now to remotely teach my FS2 class. The biggest challenge so far has been being able to speak over 25 young children who all want a chance to talk to me without having to resort to muting them all. ('Meetings' are used for live lessons and students have a microphone on/off button. The teacher is also able to mute all students in one click.)

microsoft teams call bar

Here you can see the mic icon is showing that the microphone is ON or UNMUTED.

microsoft teams call bar showing microphone muted

Whereas here, the mic icon has a line through it, meaning it is OFF or MUTED.


Here are four steps to supporting your teacher in leading productive and communicative meetings:


1. Teach your child to turn on and off their microphone by themself


2. Teach them to keep their microphone off unless they are speaking


3. Turn the microphone off when they finish speaking


2. Teach your child to check if anyone else is speaking before they do


Ensure that your child sticks to these four rules and see their participation increase, benefiting their learning. Your child's outstanding microphone manners will no doubt make him the teacher's new favourite! Not only this but meetings will be much more enjoyable for everyone involved.


A final top tip to leave you with - although I shouldn't really have to tell you this one - don't mute the teacher!!


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