Digital is different, we don’t replace the copy machine with digital copies. In fact, I try to avoid like the plague assigning myself digital paperwork. Before today the default when you added documents to an assignment in Microsoft Teams was “Students edit their own copy.” I definitely use this sometimes. But not all the time and not even half the time.

Students Can’t Edit

I added a Word document to a Teams Assignment and sure enough the document indicates “Students can’t edit.” This is great because I pretty much always add a directions document to my assignments as my first attachment.

Students can't edit the file. Click 3 dots to change to make a copy.

Copies

If you do want to make a copy for each student, use the 3 dots on the attachment stripe to change to “Students edit their own copy.”

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