Microsoft Teams vs Zoom for online teaching

Is Microsoft Teams better than Zoom for teachers?

zoom and teams comparison

One of the biggest concerns at the moment is the dispute between Microsoft Teams vs Zoom regarding the online education, specifically in which platform should the teachers stream, there are several cons and pros in the two video conference tools, this article will compare them in order the lector find the one that best suits their needs and clear any left doubt among Microsoft Teams vs Zoom.

Can I record the class?

Yes, you can save the class in both platforms, in the case of Teams it will be saved to Microsoft Stream and for Zoom it will be saved to Cloudstor, the teacher will receive an email with the link and password to download the video and share it with the students but it can take several minutes or even hours to get the recording from AARNET CloudStor. Another good point to Zoom is that if you have a co-host in a breakout room you can save this discussion.

zoom and teams comparison

Screen and file sharing

Both tools are able for screen sharing, a recommendation would be to select a specific application from windows to share, file sharing is only available on Teams (including Microsoft Whiteboard but to just draw options).

Interaction and waiting room

Teachers can interact with students in Zoom, they can give feedback through the buttons ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘like’, ‘dislike’ and ‘raise hand’, unfortunately this feature is not available on Teams, the waiting rooms are very useful when the host wants to make private consultations before the class begins, this feature in only on Zoom.

zoom and teams comparison

Capacity – How many students can I invite?

Zoom allow us invite 300 users as a maximum but it is recommended keeping a limit to 50 students, if the group is bigger the best option is split the class into smaller groups, in the other hand Teams can handle 250 users for streaming.

Integration with blackboard, Canvas and Office 365

The platform Zoom comes with blackboard integration, you can use it by clickling the plus button on your menu (of Blackboard) and then adding a Tool link, if you don’t see Zoom there then you will have to change the configuration on Zoom by going to Control Panel, customisation and enable Tool availability, there’s no integration with blackboard on Teams.
You can integrate Canvas on Zoom by adding it in your Canvas menu, if you don’t see it as an option there then you will have to enable on the configuration, you can not integrate Canvas with Teams.
FInally, integration with Office 365 comes only with Microsoft Teams.

zoom and teams comparison

Can I create an interactive poll?

Yes, you have the possibility to make an interactive poll on Zoom, with single choice and multiple choice, the limit is ten questions per poll and 25 polls per video conference, you will want to have your polls already done before the class begins to share it at the moment, you can not make interactive polls on Teams.

Do I control the video and audio?

Yes, you do, in both platforms the teachers are able to silence the audio from all the students and even stop their video.
Note: On Zoom you can verify after the class is finished which students joined the stream on a report.

zoom and teams comparison

Captions while streaming and notes

The tool Teams allows you to make live captions while streaming meanwhile Zoom doesn’t, you can do it manually by assigning a user as a scribe, another option is uploading the video to Kaltura and then make the captions on live sessions.
Meeting notes are only available on Teams, the platform adds a tab on a Teams channel.


Chatting is available on both platforms, in the case of Zoom the teacher is able to save the conversation in the chat manually or automatically by setting auto save for meetings, also, you can decided wheter you want or not the access for students to save the chat by enable/disable the option, in the other hand Teams allows teachers to save the chat very easily in the menu.

Do my students need to be subscribed?

For Microsoft Teams it is neccesary to be subscribed to joined the class, it your students already have Microsoft office susubscription then there will be no problem, Zoom has the advantage that doesn’t require the users to be subscribed, this is better for uninitiated students in IT knowledge.

Final thoughts

As a conclusion one can say Zoom is more easy to handle and more suitable for those students who lack confidence in IT because the host only needs to send an URL to the student to join the class meanwhile Teams may be more efficient for internal communications, at the end it is up to the teacher needs and tastes.

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