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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreawurm

Do I have to "assign" things? Can students just explore at their own pace?

I'm brand new. We are inviting the students to use Duolingo to learn Spanish at their own pace, as an optional activity during this quarantine. So do I have to "assign" anything? Can I just set up the class, invite the students, and when they login they just start messing around and click their way through the lessons/skills? Thanks!

April 3, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MadameSensei

You could easily have them go at their own pace. If you want an easy way to see which students are actually using the tool, I suggest you assign "XP." Then it is simple to make sure that everyone is doing something. You wouldn't have to click on each student individually to verify activity. But it's your choice!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreawurm

Thank you -- that's very helpful! I appreciate that. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MadameSensei

Keep posting questions as you have them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SraVerret

This is a helpful suggestion. Thank you. What does XP stand for?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MadameSensei

"Experience." These are the points you get for completing a skill. You get more points if you don't make mistakes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SraVerret

Makes sense. All my mind could think was XP like Windows XP and it was driving me crazy! So if I assign students to complete 100 xp for example, this may take some students significantly longer than others?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MadameSensei

Ha ha. I have had brain ruts like that before.

Yes, you will see the options for how much XP you are able to assign, and an estimate of how long Duo thinks it will take, when you click on "Assignments."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LocalCatLover5

They can start going through the lessons/skills. But depend on the grade you might want to consider disabling the forums.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

They can start going through the lessons/skills

What exactly do you need a teacher school classroom for then?

I doubt that very young people can go by their own pace.
You have to lead them, set clear daily/weekly goals.

This is usually why you hire people who know how to didactically teach.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LocalCatLover5

I'm not a educator so I have no idea. Just responding to the OP's question. Thank you for pointing this out.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreawurm

Okay thanks! That’s good advice :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LocalCatLover5

Also consider disabling "adult" content(words such as beer, wine, etc).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DianneLewis

How do I disable adult content?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SraVerret

At the main screen for your classroom, click on "Classroom Settings" > click "Privacy Settings" > Make sure the "Enable all words" box is UNchecked

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