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!
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!
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.