Microsoft Teams for Education gets new illustrated character to help students express their emotions

Rabia Noureen

Microsoft Teams for Education has announced a new feature to help students share their emotions with educators. As research studies have hinted that the ongoing pandemic has negatively impacted students’ social-emotional skills, Microsoft is adding a new illustrated character within the Reflect app in Teams for Education in an effort to improve student’s emotional vocabulary.

“Later this month, we’re excited to introduce students and educators to a new illustrated character that brings the 51 emotions in Reflect to life. This series of delightful characters helps students expand their emotional vocabulary and gives educators the ability to review students’ feelings over time to better understand their social and emotional health,” said Paige Johnson, Vice President for Microsoft Education.

An image of Reflect in Microsoft Teams for Education.

Microsoft Teams launched the Reflect app for education customers back in February this year. It provides educators an easy and effective way to grow student-teacher connections and get insights into their well-being. The Reflect app in Teams helps learners develop their emotional vocabulary and improve their understanding of the impact of emotions on the learning process. You can learn more about the Reflect app in Microsoft Teams on this page.

Overall, the new illustrated emotion is a welcome addition for educators, and it should support them in incorporating social and emotional learning into their classroom. It offers an effective communication mechanism to make the hybrid learning experience more engaging for students.