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Using Duo in the classroom- now I can't see my students' progress :(

Hi Duolingo Staff and world,

I am a middle school Spanish teacher and was using Duolingo in the classroom. Before the Duolingo upgrade, it was very easy to see my students' progress by looking at their language tree. However, now I cannot find a way to see their tree. Can I still do this? Any ideas or advice to help me continue to monitor their learning online?

Gracias!

Michelle

4 years ago

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi Michelle,

It's not ready yet, but Duolingo is working building a new feature called User Groups that should be helpful for teachers. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1523182

Edit: That's the best link I could find after a lot of browsing. I couldn't find the one I was thinking about.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mt2458

Thank you. I am excited for the User Groups. I hope we will be able to see students' progress in the use groups as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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You could ask them to send you screenshots of their trees.

However, and I know that you did not ask about this, I do not think this is a very accurate measure anyways. You can rush through the tree fairly quickly, but you will struggle later on if you do not practice. I don't know which level your students are on, but tracking their progress by looking on their progress on the tree might not be the best idea. I keep on telling people on Duolingo that practicing and repeating is key :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danwizard2013
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this is true I finished the tree quite fast but still struggle with a lot of it months later

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I plan to get to level 25 and finish the reverse tree as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/voidlogic

>You could ask them to send you screenshots of their trees.

I wouldn't assume middle schoolers would not photoshop themselves a better tree/higher grade...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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they could also pay the best student in class to unlock all the trees or open the sentence discussion tabs in a new browser window. DL is not made to asses progress other than to monitor your own - that still has to be done in the classroom. Basing grades on the tree would imo be detrimental!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/voidlogic

>Basing grades on the tree would imo be detrimental!

I doubt an instructor would base their grade on Duolingo, but they might use it for some component of the grade or for extra credit points.

>DL is not made to asses progress other than to monitor your own

Well- until the latest UI "upgrade" came out, the use case of a teacher monitoring progress would have been very easy to do- So you can see how some teachers might have fallen into the poster's situation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mt2458

Yes, we just use it as practice. But before I was able to see if the students had completed and refreshed a practice skill such as "colors". I was able to see if the student had recently reviewed the material (based on the gold bars), I could tell if they had reviewed a skill or learned a new one. It was not for a grade but just to use as an informal assessment. Middle school students are not as keen to practicing and repeating "for fun" if they are not monitored and know that their teacher is watching...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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P.S. here is a recent comment by Luis saying the teacher feature (lol) is coming soon: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1973960

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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true! well I guess it comes all down to having to wait for the user groups and teacher features, which should be coming soon! I guess until then you might have to find a workaround. I can see how this is not ideal, sorry :-(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aorejas
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I do not understand why duolingo stop to show the threes of others users. It is supposed that interaction improve the learning process, isn't it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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it is because they didn't finish updating all the features before they publish the new look

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aorejas
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Ok, ich verschtehe... ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/voidlogic

The fact that they knew and encouraged people to use Duolingo in the manner Michelle was/is trying too, but yet had no problem breaking that use case is a bit appalling--

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mt2458

I agree to disagree. Duolingo has been great in the classroom for my students. The kids love to compete against each other in a friendly manner for gold coins all while helping them practice their Spanish. We do not use duo lingo as our method of instruction, rather as an enhancement. It provides a way for students to practice their language learning at home using technology which is also a huge plus (often better than answering textbook questions). Monitoring students' learning via their trees helped to motivate students and give them credit for doing work. I'm curious to see what other teachers think. Have you used it in your classroom?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/voidlogic

>I agree to disagree.

I'm not sure what we disagree about- I agree with what you said. Perhaps you misread what I stated.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mt2458

awesome. I was confused by the part "that use case is a bit appalling". Doesn't quite make sense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aurelia1288

i used to now a Michelle she was a teacher she was also my sitter

sincerely, Aurelia

1 year ago