https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

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Welcome to a new discussion forum for educators on Duolingo. We recently launched the Duolingo Dashboard to make it easier to use Duolingo as an educator. If you haven't already taken a look and are interested in learning more please check out our announcement post here or go directly to dashboard.duolingo.com.

Also, here are the Frequently Asked Questions about Duolingo for Schools.

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  • Give feedback to the Duolingo team - What features would you love to see that aren't already there? How can we make this tool more helpful and fun for you and your students?

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  • Share your stories, successes, challenges and questions

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January 16, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit

I really wish duolingo had been around when I was home educating my children. What you are doing is fantastic.

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
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I'm not a teacher, although I do tutor Chinese at the local Confucius Institute. I tried the Schools feature to track the learning progress of my family members, especially my sister's. Her school requires all the students learning French to go on Duolingo. It has become part of their official curriculum. After observation, here are two suggestions I have to raise:

  1. Allow students to enroll in multiple sessions. Right now, my sister's school is not using the dashboard to track their students' progress, but some day they may. And as her brother, I would also like to know how she is doing at school. Alternatively, different language teachers at her school may want to track her progress in different language courses, for example, both French and Spanish.

  2. Create a separate place for students to comment. I'm not quite sure how you can do this, but I know the problem is there. Children don't know the forum regulations, and may leave spam comments when they get bored, especially when they are forced to use Duolingo by their school teachers. To avoid clutter, or at least to reduce the workload of forum mods a little bit, the educators should be allowed to moderate the comments/posts of their students. It would be perfect if there would be a place for educators to follow all the activities of their students. This may also help educators answer their students' questions more quickly.

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January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

In response to your second suggestion, your students' email address and name on the dashboard are linked to their profile. Therefore, all you need to do is click on them and the app will take you to their profile where you can read their comments in their activity streams. It would be nice if there were a little notification (such as the little yellow bell) that would give us a heads-up that they have posted.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
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Or a place like our "Activity" tab in the navigation bar. It will gather the posts of all students and give a better visual.

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January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Good idea. Right on the dashboard though, and only posts of our students.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/beardpower

I'm a university student who is trying to help build a Language Studies program at my school and I'm using this to not only learn languages myself, but to encourage my friends to learn. Right now, using the Teacher function helps me see what my friends are doing. Here are some suggestions after the first week of me using it:

1) A reminder button to send notifications to students (individual and mass) to practice their language(s). 2) A way to minimize and sort students by language being learned. As someone who is learning multiple languages and who has friends learning different languages, sorting to see who is doing which language and their progress in it would be beneficial. 3) A progress bar for each student on the Dashboard. I can see the total xp for the week they earn, what lesson they've done, etc..but I'd like to see how close they are to leveling up in their language and maybe how far they have advanced down the tree. 4) A "recommended skill" button to suggest to students a specific skill to work on. For example, if I wanted my students/friends to work on Plurals or Food, I could click the button to let them know (individually and/or collectively) to focus on that lesson for the week

I realize that these suggestions might be a lot of work, but that's what suggestions are for. I recommend Duolingo to pretty much everyone who has ever told me that they had an interest in a language and certainly to all of my friends, especially ones in university/college. I love the work you guys are doing and hope to see more great things in the future! Thank you so much!

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Yes yes yes ! Love these suggestions, exactly would I would want as a teacher !

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RosendoRGlez

Thank you Duolingo team. I hope you continue working very good this year and always. I think you can add largest audios or short videos to see real conversations in real situations like a job interview, order food in a restaurant, make a hotel reservation, asking for an address, etc. For example we can listen an audio o watch a video and try to translation all phrases in the conversation, something like that. Another idea is we can record an audio and send it to a teacher o educator and the teacher listen the audio and send us a feedback about our pronunciation and fluency. Thanks a lot and congratulations for your kind support to learn other languages.

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JulieEnevo

Does Duolingo for Schools address the problem for elementary-school students of limiting their access to the social media component of the platform? Is there even a way for a teacher to monitor students' connections with others?

January 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sadfhrw

It is sad that this issue has to crop up… The "Discuss this sentence" screen is IMO very useful and I hate to see that students have to be banned from it due to "safety" concerns. Once we dreamed that the Internet will turn the whole world into one huge classroom. Seems humanity is not ready for it yet.

January 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Yes! A teacher can disable social features in their settings next to their avatar in the main page. You can turn off their ability to participate in forums, activity streams and Immersion. :] Let us know if you need help, or access the Schools Help page (scroll down).

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/palitroque77

I have the same question. Is only for younger elementary students that is a concern.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fernanc01

I have the same question

January 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/1179175583

Hi,

Technology integration teacher (with experience of reading intervention, special education, and language learning) here. I wanted to share my thoughts, coming from the ESL side of things.

  1. Multiple teacher per student support is a must. Just look at the massive disgust of teachers across the country when Google launched Classroom with only single teacher support. In my school an ESL student has (or can have) classroom teachers, Intervention Specialists, ESL coordinator, and an ESL aide who all want to be able to access student information for support. Google Classroom does a bad job at this, Khan Academy is an example of one that does a great job at offering multiple "coaches".

  2. It would be massively more relevant and helpful for any K-12 language learner to have access to the education lessons early on. It is not good practice for me ESL students to be practicing words like vegetarian, when words like "whiteboard, desk, pencil, marker, gym, hallway, bathroom, water fountain" etc are pivotal, and allows them much sooner to understand and make sense of the words they here around them in their environment.

  3. Spelling kills. I sat today with an ESL student trying to get him to write 3 sentences because he gets so stuck on spelling. You can ask many teachers, but when punish learners harshly for spelling. We have students (and there are adults out there too, some very bright) who are not great spellers. Duolingo will never be an option of a large portion of our ESL students because they will not be able to pass the lessons. Students with dyslexia or just a very poor sense of spelling.These kids are just cut off from Duolingo forever. I know on the iOS app you could tap words to put them into sentences. An option to set sentence writing to this style would work for those kids.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jsabindemedina

Insightful post, 1179175583. I teach in a rural, Title I school -- many students struggle with reading and spelling. Making the "tap words" feature available across all platforms would be a most-welcome upgrade (especially at the Basic and Intermediate skill levels) and would provide much needed support for struggling students. We introduced Duolingo one week ago and already students are reciting the basic phrases just for fun, sharing Duolingo with family and friends, proudly showing me their progress and golden trees, and asking "Are we going on Duolingo today?" I truly hope the momentum builds -- my hesitation is: Will the struggling students lose motivation if they get road-blocked by spelling? It's important to remember that beginning learners should be held accountable for Recall and Recognition and much, much less for Production. Thanks!

September 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

I agree with this discussion! My students like it and want to succeed, but they get held up and frustrated by the picky spelling criteria. It ruins their flow and they disengage.

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelPHenry

Great response "1179175583" - Teamwork in teaching is going to be required in future classes. Mentoring may be one teacher, but on the whole we are moving to a collaborative world.

Audio interaction is a must in language learning, and frankly I would suggest all learning needs that socratic give and take. I would imagine Duolingo has some ideas or we may be able to link other resources, with more audio interaction. With great people like you suggesting changes, we will certainly advance our online teaching resources. ~Michael

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dlansberry

Thank you so much for offering this. I just started using the dashboard with me AP Spanish class today. I teach High School Spanish 2, 3, AP, and French 1. I used Duolingo with all of them last year so it will be great to be able to track online now.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DkBybee

Wow! I wish this program was available when I took French in high school. You may be glad to know that 25+ years later the vocabulary is coming back, almost like muscle memory.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HEYDICHABLE

hiiii!!!1

January 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CarmenZaragoza

I just want to thank the Duolingo team for such an amazing resource for teachers. My students are fully engaged and really enjoy using it. What I miss right now is to be able to merge two accounts so that I don't lose my progress and friends in my personal account. I don't know why I chose a different email address when I registered as a teacher :(

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kellymeredith1

I just did the same thing, I hope I don't regret it! I'm new to Duolingo.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrCardona

I can finally stop my students from repeating easy lessons! Many of my students would decide to just repeat Basics 1 over and over again to meet their daily XP goals. I've now made it very clear to them that they will only get credit for assigned lessons. I've been waiting for this for a long time and it was great to finally see what lessons each student is actually completing. I have 60 students so it has always been difficult to keep track.

January 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fernanc01

How can you assign lessons?

Thanks

January 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Simple! Write it on the board. Tell them during the lesson. Post it on your school's gradebook system (Aeries, SchoolLoop, whatever your school uses). Then you can check on the dashboard if they have done it or not.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FJoyB

It's nice to see the new forum section here!

I do math tutoring occasionally and, especially in math, have found it really useful to be able to see how much time a student is putting into the work. So, perhaps we could see a running total of the time each student spends added to the dashboard at some point.

Ideally, it would also help to see when a student worked on things. I've had at least one student who would put a lot of time into his homework, but he did all of it at the end of the week when I was coming back to tutor him; naturally this didn't work out very well. So, something like this might help to pinpoint why a student might not be doing as well as the data suggests.

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Also, progress reports would be nice. Perhaps you already do that and I just have them turned off for some reason; if not, those would be useful from a teacher's perspective and for a student to receive each week. (Maybe they can set an optional goal to try to beat the amount of points they earned the previous week...)

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/aegisnyc

I second that--I'd love to see a report on ACTIVE TIME SPENT on site. I don't care if they're practicing or taking a lesson. I just would like to see them work.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bbeattie

This is my third year to use DuoLingo for my Spanish class. The first year I used it with my second year students. They all agreed that they learned more in that year than in the year before I discovered Duolingo.

One of the things I miss is the vocabulary list that was grouped by topic and lesson. I t made it easy to create vocabulary lists for my kids to double check before testing off line. I also miss the verb conjugation charts that were tied to each verb in the vocabulary lists. I used to be able to view the progress chart or tree and see where they were in completing the different sections. (Like knowing that one student hadn't completed the required topic by the test date.

I LOVE this program. My kids are able to translate more than ever before and have more confidence in their ability to understand and learn Spanish. The fact that you can use the phone app is also a great bonus.

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mrs.McKinney

Here are my suggestions:

  • could there be a generic letter print out available so we can send home a little letter with the student's username and password? I'm using this in an elementary school and am writing my own letter to send home explaining duolingo and how they can use it at home

  • could there be a class forum where students in the same class can comment?

  • for younger students I think they would like if the little owl or some little character is on the screen when they do lessons.

  • another activity other than just lesson or flashcards (especially something that feels like a game)

Thank you for making this program available for free! Keep up the good work!

March 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tinavienna

Dear colleagues abroad,

I teach grade 5 beginners English class (11 year olds) in Vienna, Austria. Would anyone be interested in connecting our pupils as pen pals?

Greetings,

tinavienna

May 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Great idea!

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Thanks again Luis, Duolingo Dashboard and the Educators Forum are really fantastic. Suggestions:

  • It would be really nice if teachers could unlock skills that may be pertinent to what they are doing in class;
  • It would be nice if a little bell icon would light up next to students' usernames when they post in discussions;
  • It would be useful if the date when they studied would be indicated next to what they did. This has been suggested by others, but I'm repeating the request as it's important. Or as an alternative, I wish DL would have a weekly progress bar graph displayed on people's profile. I have a script but it hasn't been working for a long time. :( The script also showed people's trees, which would be useful for me as an educator.
January 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Great suggestions

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Thanks. Luis said that they are going to add the dates soon. :) Idk about the other two.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauKnapp

Hi! When does progress tracking for a particular week END? I want to assign an XP amount for my students to earn by a certain date/time, but I do not know when the week ends, according to Duolingo.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DARKMEN.

I want a chatroom of students and their teacher

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lingo.berry

I am slightly confused on start Duolingo for Schools. Could anybody help?

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I put together a user guide, you can give it a try HERE. It's a bit rough around the edges, but, hopefully it helps. :)

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lingo.berry

Thanks much.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mrs.Sudbrock

As well as using DL at home with my own children, I have also recommended it to my Jr. High students (Germans learning English ). I look forward to seeing how we can best integrate this program into our school English department.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EllieJaneHart95

I am so happy that this is happening! I am an English schools worker, living and working in Germany. I teach classes from year 5 to year 10 and I've been telling my older classes that they should use Duolingo. Now I have a solid way to see that they are using it! I haven't got any student's on it yet, so I can't point out flaws or give any solid feedback, I just want to say thank you that this has been introduced!

January 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/aruizlhs

I am a Spanish teacher currently I am teaching Spanish 3,4 and 5 at a high school level. Thank you for creating this great feature for teachers. In the future I would like to be able to see the type of grammar that students are practicing in each lesson and also if they are having difficulties understanding the topic. I progress report will be also a great help. Thank you again for creating a free tool for students to learn and practice a new language.

January 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/15lopezlbj

Does anyone know of a method to alphabetize the name in dashboard? This would be sooooo helpful. Thank you.

January 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

We'll have this soon!

January 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

More kudos and lingots to you! That will be really helpful. Thank you! :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fernanc01

Can I block the discussion and immersion sections for my students? if so how??

Thanks

January 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

I just introduced this into my Spanish I classes today offering extra credit for leveling up a certain amount of times and challenging my classes to compete against each other for the most levels completed. However, I have already run into one major problem, one annoyance, and another problem:

1) Students tried to "cheat" by testing out of every level to earn a ridiculous amount of points (they used the Internet for answers). Well, now I can't figure out how to reset their account to zero so they can legitimately participate in our contests. Please have a way teachers can undo testing / work if they know students did it dishonestly. Or have a way users can reset their own accounts without eliminating their account or link to gmail and I'll have the students do that. (Or is there already a way to do this??)

2) Can there please be a quick and easy way for me to get from my own Duolingo home screen to the teacher dashboard? On one of the drop-down menus (preferably the one under my name) can it just say "Dashboard" somewhere?

3) As mentioned by many on this forum, we need separate links to teacher accounts for separate languages. One student wants to learn Italian, too, but I don't want her Italian lessons to count toward the Spanish class totals.

Trust high school kids to figure out how to outsmart the system already. :) Now please just help me outsmart them!

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

1) Have a serious talk with your students about the futility of cheating and the consequences. Cheating is like telling lies; sooner or later it will be discovered. Last year I caught a kid who was making enormous progress in XPs; he had found a way to "hack" DL through a glitch that occurs if one's wi-fi connection is lost in the middle of a lesson. He ended up with a zero on a big assignment and had to sit with his parents in front of one of our vice principals. If the same thing happened at university, they simply would throw you out.

2) In Chrome (Opera too), all I have to do is move my cursor into the address bar and type "d" and already the whole URL appears; click on it, and the browser takes you to the page. I can type 50 wpm but I never get to type even "dash;" the response is immediate! It takes much longer to use a bookmark.

3) I'm personally not bothered by seeing students' progress in other languages; there's enough info there for me to evaluate their progress in Spanish. I'd love to be able to see their trees as well as a bar graph of daily progress, but I've actually created a printable version that my students fill out weekly to show me where they are in the tree. I'll share that soon in a separate post.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

Now that I see that the other languages are tallied separately from the Spanish I'm fine with them practicing other languages! I thought it would just have their tallies all together, I didn't realize a little heading would tell me what language they were practicing. Now that I see what it looks like on the Dashboard I can tally what I need to, so hooray for all languages! (Plus I'm thinking I might start using Duolingo to learn some Italian...it's always been a dream of mine to add that to my foreign language repertoire. :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

They implemented some changes today! Isn't that wonderful? We talk and they listen. Luis, are you and your team listening? You're awesome! :)

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

Agreed, the new Dashboard is much more user-friendly and gives me good additional data.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Good points.

  1. Cheating, testing out.
    Maybe you could set the extra credits just on a per-lesson basis? Two lessons or something? Resetting a tree: https://www.duolingo.com/settings/direction, then "reset or remove languages". However, caution (!), this removes the whole progress of a tree.

  2. Quick way to access dashboard.
    This would be great. However, a bookmark to https://dashboard.duolingo.com would do the trick in the meantime.

  3. One students, many teachers.
    Yes! Actually, a student can just subscribe to one teacher. If your students takes an Italian class and subscribes to that teacher, it automatically unsubscribes the student from your class. That I would even consider a major design flaw.

edit: typos, formating.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

I'm okay with erasing their entire tree for cheating. They didn't actually learn the info, they just looked it up online. That's the penalty for pretending to know things you don't and trying to find loopholes to win.

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Why not make the Test Outs timed ? That way, it will really separate out those who really know their stuff and just want to advance more quickly and those, like your students, who use the internet for answers !!

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

They're using Duolingo completely outside of class as an enrichment activity so I don't have any control of how long they take or what other screens they have open as they use it.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Hence my suggestion to timed the Test Out (for Duolingo to do). As really, if you're going for a Test Out, you know your stuff and should be able to do it against the clock no problem - not too much "against" the clock but enough to stop students being able to google the answers !!

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/15lopezlbj

I appreciate the expanded ability to filter students and languages. Thank you.

2 suggestions:

  1. Can we separate and filter students by Last name as well. Presently, I am making them all change their names to LastName, FirstName format for ease.

  2. Can we get an export option. That way I could possibly manipulate data how I please.

Just something else to think about-- I am using the Spanish to English with Heritage Speakers and they are loving that they are learning English. Many are recommending Duolingo to their Spanish speaking family members to learn English at home as well. Targeting and accommodating English Language Learners (ELL's) could take duolingo out of foreign language classrooms and into Core Subject language arts classrooms. I am recommending it to our ESL teachers. Kudos to you guys.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ToddPhillips

There is also a separate duolingo app for a semi-official english Language test. You have to keep your face in the camera while you do the duolingo test and even need to take a picture of your liscence to verify ID. It's pretty nifty.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/castaner

This is extremely interesting. What is the app called?

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cdntr

It's called Duolingo Test Center. You can find it at https://testcenter.duolingo.com

There's a web app, as well as apps for iPhone/iPad and Android. There's also a short video explaining the idea.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pegasus278

Hi there, my name is Laura and I am a student at the University of Michigan. I love using Duolingo and I believe it is a very beneficial site. While browsing the site, I noticed it is basically ran by the users when it comes to translations. I understand this is a way to keep the site running free of cost, but I sometimes feel unsure about some of the words I am learning because of this. For example, Spanish is a very diverse language among latin cultures, therefore it is generalized within the different Spanish’s but the user would not be able to fully communicate the language in all latin-based places speaking Spanish because some words are used differently then others and different things are called different names by different Spanish-speaking areas. How are the users sure of the learned languages and translations when they are being translated by its own Duolingo users? How accurate are the languages learned?

Thank you, Laura

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi Laura,

Duolingo teaches a little less than 2,000 words of Latin American Spanish. It is not intended to cover all words a person will need to know in order to become fluent. Duolingo is best when combined with other resources, such as a class or other online resources, and when people utilize everything there is to offer (such as discussion, the Immersion and Words feature, as well as conversing with others via Activity). Some folks have finished their course and tested out of 2nd year university level language courses, some one year, some one term. So, personal factors come into play, such as ability to retain etc. for how much an induale will benefit. The official study showed that in 34 hours of study, Duolingo is the equivalent of 1 university semester. Source.

Many of Duolingo's course moderators are graduate students and I believe one requirement is fluency in both languages for the courses they are building. Additionally, the courses have a paid staff mentor, who is a language expert.

That said, errors happen just like with any other course. Once a course enters phase 2 (beta) it is released for public participation. At this stage there are often many errors because the course is still in the process of error checking. Once a course graduates to Phase 3, it is a full fledged course and it receives (someone please check my number) fewer than 3 error reports per 100 people happening across the sentence. Many of these remaining error reports are not viable reports. Even still, Duolingo continues to collect and process reports to continuously improve the courses.

While Duolingo teaches only Latin America Spanish, it accepts alternative dialects for answers.

I do not work in the Incubator, so some of my information could be off. Hopefully someone will correct me if that is the case. However, this is the information as I currently understand it. So, I hope this helps! :)

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pegasus278

Thanks a bunch! This helps a ton :)

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ToddPhillips

When you guys assess Duolingo, do you usually do a combination of progress on new skills and xp? I was doing just xp for awhile because duolingo schools didn't exist. I just gave students a meter to gradually color in and told them that the more new skills they added, the more their duolingo would correspond to what we were doing in class. (You don' t want to be stuck back on jobs when in class we are doing the subjunctive, you' d want to be also doing subjunctive for the extra practice.).

anyhow, now that there is duolingo schools, I see that doing basics 1 over and over again is more prevalent than I thought.

Please comment any means you've found for assessing well.

Thanks

April 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekMcCloud

I mostly measure students by their XP. I actually don't mind if they review a lesson multiple times. I assume that they needed the extra practice. Perfect practice makes perfect. Most students want to learn, they will get bored if they never make progress. I made a custom test for my students to take next week. It will be on the time lesson on up...meaning all of the lessons up to the time part. This test also helps ensure that students are moving forward. I hope this helps. Cheers!

April 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ToddPhillips

I agree that they should be strengthening old skills, but I am seeing basics one done nine times in a row (on the phone so they are still earning 10xp per lesson) for a couple students. I am not OK with that! A Spanish 3 student should not be hearing el hombre, la mujer over and over. At some point they need to move on. That said, would it be possible to offer differing number of xp to students for strengthening a skill?

Ex: strengthening a gold skill = 0xp or 1 xp. Strengthening a skill with one bar missing = 3 xp with 2 bars missing = 5 xp. with 3 bars missing 7 xp with 4 bars missing = 9 xp. New skill = 10xp

Thanks

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

I think this grading system could be really valuable, giving people a push to go further!

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Thank you team and community for asking for and creating this feature! My name is Usagi and I'm a volunteer TA and tutor for first year Japanese students. I'm exploring the reverse course (ENG for JPN students) in preparation for the JPN for EN release. I'm very excited about the school feature and looking forward to using it to help the students. I'm loving it so far and looking forward to new developments. Here are a few suggestions I've gathered from around the forum:

  • Collapsible progress by student name, month, week, day, and skill.
  • Ability to zero in on area students are struggling most with.
  • Organize via toggle: students most to least progress, least to most progress (according to their course).
  • Moving the minus sign to somewhere less precarious. And giving it either an immediately clear label, or a hover label like the change language portal badge on the Home tab.
  • Give students ability to remove educator--student autonomy over the flow of their information.
  • Link website guidelines inside of of the school feature.
  • Educator to set goal and students to see progress on goal and when they've met goal. (like the golding of a skill, but where a teacher sets the goal.)
  • Chat forum for the educator and their students that is separate from the main forums so we can focus on the topics immediately relevant to our students
  • Separate Immersion points from course points.
  • Keep people from seeing my email when sent the link to join the course.
  • Allow educators to know how far away a skill is from becoming gold.
  • Small FAQ
  • (Already possible( see Dashboard) A way to invite several students at once.
  • Total XP column, and progress a daily/weekly progress until daily/weekly goal completion column.

Thank you for considering these suggestions :)

EDIT: For those interested, here is an unofficial School feature user guide.

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

>Ability to zero in on area students are struggling most with

I think this is a really great idea - would be even better if you could find the weakest areas for one student, a selection of students, or the whole class!

January 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iron_bun

>A way to invite several students at once.

The "invite more students" button generates a link that you can send to everyone via regular email.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/herrthomas2013

I tried this, but the class name then came with a weird character. In other words, the students I invited via email were in my "German 3" class. The students I invited via clicking on the link on a secure class website were in my "German%203" class. Any ideas?

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

Hi there! This could have been caused by an issue we resolved late January. If you generate a new link, your students' class should display properly. For the ones in class "German%203", you can click the checkboxes next to their names and then click on "Change Section" in the upper right corner. You should then be able to change their class name to "German 3". I hope this helps!

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/herrthomas2013

Thanks. I just created the class on Feb 18th. It could be the way it was posted on our secure class website (Canvas). Nonetheless, I was able to edit it. Thanks.

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

Wonderful, that's great to hear.

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tjayson

Thanks for being involved with duolingo, really helps me out! My class love it.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sragerritsen

We use Canvas as well and my students had trouble with following the link through from Canvas. I ended up having them register by "sharing" with me, then I moved them into their proper classes.

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

sragerritsen and herrthomas we hope everything is working smoothly for you, please let us know if you experience any more issues.

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iron_bun

Sometimes, special symbols in web links get encoded. The space in the class name is being translated into %20. The problem is that when duolingo picks it back up it has to check for the encoding, which Erdnuss seems to be saying wasn't done quite right but has now been fixed. I just checked it now and it looks good.

If you want to know more then you could look up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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I mean the other way around: one student, two (or more) teachers. For example, a students has a Spanish and a French class and two different teachers.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6345085

edit: as a "student" you only have one option to subscribe ("share")

edit: and at once does not imply clicking a link/button several times.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iron_bun

You can generate the link and send a regular BCC email to several students at once. Since you currently need to know their email addresses anyway (which maybe isn't the best thing either) that shouldn't present a problem.

Agree on an option for a student to have several teachers. That would be useful.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bill.martel

You could also use the Remind (formerly Remind101) app to communicate with a whole class in a one way text fashion. I sent me whole class the link and they registered quickly that way...no need to know their email

May 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PedroRodri396456

Google' s Universal University. It will be the best project, where Duolingo...

June 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/itslavish

yee

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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If I haven't missed it:

  • subscribe to more than one teacher/class (edit: already mentioned below by @Z.Shan)

  • support on mobile devices for teachers (edit: dashboard)

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January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrLeeSpanish

The dashboard should be available in the app too!

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Also: email address revealed is a killer-feature for personal sharing. I know this is for teachers/schools. But doesn't this apply there, too?

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

I agree. I would like to project the dashboard on the Smartboard, but then students' email addresses would be right there for others to see.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrLeeSpanish

Why not use district emails? In the districts I've worked, every student has an email associated with their school ID.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Districts always provide staff with email addresses, but only one of the four I've worked for provided students with emails. Perhaps it depends on the software they use... the one who had it used SchoolLoop, the three that don't use Aeries. What programs did your districts use?

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Seen some great suggestions on here, hopefully the DL team will take them on board :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SoengJuHan

You are saying too much I dont understand at all

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelPHenry

Can we make a BUTTON to add students to our sections? Right now they have to go to settings and it is complicated... Here are the directions i am giving to my followers:

How to join Cada Dia Spanish on Duolingo:

Go to My Profile > Settings > Progress Sharing (or use this link) https://www.duolingo.com/settings/observer

Share progress with: CadaDiaSpanish@gmail.com

Section or Class: CadaDiaSpanish

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Caterpillar2014

Thank you! It's already super useful for tracking our studies.

January 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ajooron

This is sooo helpful, thank you. My whole school is using Duolingo and this year I bought a trophy for the Duolingo champion. I made some certificates but it would be nice to have a template with the logo. One comment: one of my very clever student cracked the system and managed to see all the answers! There must be a loop hole. Also, is there a way to stop students to spend their time on the discussion button instead of doing their work?

January 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

I think a feature which might help students to push forward and advance their skills would be if they could see how far they were from the next level - this might spur them to greater progress if they knew they were only one or two practices away!

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Isn't this already covered by the tree? Unless you are talking about different levels.

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

Sorry yes - I meant the numerical levels, as opposed to the different skills (I never know when I'm going to level up, which can be a nice surprise but it can also encourage me to focus more on practicing what I've already seen instead of advancing)

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FJoyB

Yes, this used to be a feature, but somehow it's disappeared within the last year or so. I think it would be nice to have back, too. =)

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Yes I agree :) it would be a good incentive to keep them going ...

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jorma1998b

I teach Sp 9-12 and celebrate this new feature. While checking my Facebook found this link about 11 channels to learn Spanish in Youtube, none of them was Duolingo! We need to establish this community in Facebook too, gee. http://www.fluentu.com/spanish/blog/learn-spanish-on-youtube/

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Thanks for the link.

There are already several FB Duolingo groups - here's the link to the Spanish one : https://www.facebook.com/groups/DuolingoSpanishLearners/?ref=ts&fref=ts

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profegross

Thank you! I've been waiting for something like this for a long time. It's a phenomenal way to give my advanced students something to do with extra class time, review old skills, and have fun with the language. All 110 of my students are using it.

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kmillien

I am so grateful to have found this website, I have use other programs in the pass but Duolingo has solve most of ours problems. I teach at a private school where there isn't much funding and the computers are limited. So I love the fact that the students can download this program on any device and use any type of headphones. Programs that we've paid for in the pass does not give us the amount of options that Duolingo provides. Best of all students love it cause its fun. I am a new language teacher and this program helps students reiterate what has been taught as well as help me give out assignments. Thanks so so so much. Duolingo has been a life saver. What I would like to see is, the amount of hours a students spent on their assignments and an option to learn Japanese.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoraGuetzko

Margaret Guetzko from Highland High School in Iowa. All my students are working on Duolingo and really seem to enjoy it! They all started at the beginning level to get a feel for the program and are happy people learning! Thank you Duolingo!

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/larimar7

First of all I must thank you team! I'm teaching Japanese in China, in fact, most of my students do not love English ,Because in China , we have to study it hardly from very early time.So students try to learn their favourite things except English,.But as a teacher,I always chat with those kids,and tell them the importance of the English in the work or further study,although they have knew it clearly. Now I can show them Duolinggo,and let them learn their favorite Japanese and English at the same time,it's really a good way for my lovely students and me! That also make me realize the importance of Everyday-Listening .

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DoryFish

Thank you for this extension of Duolingo. An interesting feature for the students would be to be able to ask their teacher about errors they made during practice (that they could transmit the error(s) in question and ask their teacher about it).

February 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ReaganJH

why is there so much adults on Duolingo there should be more kids.

February 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Santos_Priscilla

I am Portuguese as Second Language's teacher in Brazil and teach to the Middle School, in School of the Nations. I'm using Duolingo in PSL classes for four weeks, and students are more interested and engaged in our classes. They are using the DL even when we do not have classes. I am so happy with the results. I am learning about the Dashboard for Educator yet. In same time, I am learning English with Duolingo, and I like it so much. Thanks for all!

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/castaner

Good morning everyone, My name is Angel Castaner, and I am an ESL teacher in the Washington, DC area. At the moment I am teaching advanced level reading and writing to a great variety of students, and am constantly looking for new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom.

I've recently completed two language trees on DL (German and Italian) and absolutely love the ease with which one can improve their language skills. For this reason I was hoping to include Duolingo into my teaching, but I've encountered a problem I was hoping could be addressed.

In short, I have an extremely diverse group of students from all over the world, which means that for some, the prevailing Native Language ---> English model would be unavailable. What I would be interested to see is a "English ---> English" tree, where the goal would not necessarily be learning a new language, but improving skills within one. Explanations could be posted in simplified English to get students thinking about grammatical structures and proper word order and sentence structure. Is this possible? Does anyone know if something like this already exists? I look forward to hearing back from you all!

Angel

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

English<>English course does not exist at this time. Duolingo's Incubator is not set up to create a course like that at this time either because it is based on translating a sentence or word from one language into another. Also have some lingots to use for rewarding your students. :)

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/castaner

Thanks for your reply (and the lingots). Any ideas for how I could use this program with students whose native language isn't on the site?

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I don't. Not unless there is a course that goes from a language they already know to English. Here is a list of all courses in all phases on Duolingo (Students can begin using a course once it hits Phase 2 (beta ) It will be have more mistakes than a course in Phase 3 though. https://www.duolingo.com/courses/all

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/stephmauge

I have created a class and have had my students join it via the link but I cannot see their detailed progress on my dashboard. I do not have the pill shaped button on the top right end corner to change progress views. Do I need to do an update of some sort? Thank you!

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi steph! Please check out the newest version of Duolingo for Schools launched today. It should be much easier to switch between views! :)

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristinaCarvey

Is there a way to move students into the sections you've created when they accidentally create their own?

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekMcCloud

Yes. First tell them to pay attention better. Ha ha. I had some students do this. 1) Go to settings 2) Go to Progress Sharing 3) Retype the section or class. (BTW This is case sensitive!) 4) Make sure it's linked to your email. Good luck!

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

Hola. I teach pre-K through high school Spanish 2 (9th grade). I use Duolingo as a regular homework requirement and would LOVE it if Duolingo would somehow notify me with bells and whistles when a student finishes all lessons/skills on the Spanish tree. I have had four students complete the tree in the last month and I was not aware that they finished. (They came to class and told me, but I didn't know via the Duolingo dashboard.) I like to recognize them for this awesome accomplishment but need to know when it occurs. I teach 150 students so it isn't reasonable that I can individually track each of their trees. Mil gracias.

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

I've been using Duolingo as required homework practice for my Jr High Spanish students. It is an awesome tool! Thank you for making it available! Every Monday I print their reports to track homework credit. A couple weeks ago I didn't get my weekly reports on Monday, and you Duolingo wizards got that glitch worked out for last week's reports. However, today I don't have reports again. Could you help me get a printable option for weekly reports? Printing the dashboard reports weekly would be ideal.

May 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

Our weekly emails are going out right now, sorry about the delay!

As far as a data export function is concerned, we are hoping to work on that soon, so stay tuned!

May 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

Gracias

May 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/paoandrearias

Hello! I am an English teacher in Colombia and I invite my students to learn English using this program, at the same time, I am learning French! :D This program is just great! I love it! Thank you.

May 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ICSSPANISH

Hi there, is there a way to change the name of a class under our dashboard? I have classes that will be in a different grade and would like to keep the same link. Thank you!

June 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Yes! On this page you can hover over each class and you'll see a tiny gear icon show up on the bottom right of the square of the class. Click on it to rename the classroom. :]

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/peplinse

Very excited to start using Duo Lingo with elementary. How young have other users tried it?

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

The youngest I've come across is 3 years old. That discussion is Here :)

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyDaly0

I use this in my language classroom and would love to see an option to pause mid lesson. Many of my students have complained about losing work due to spotty connectivity or needing to stop in the middle of a lesson for whatever reason. They have all be redirected to start the whole lesson from the beginning, and get frustrated when the whole motivation is to make progress and count XP points.

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

I agree - I know that you can't sub-divide lessons infinitely, but if there was a possibility to either save lessons part way or quit mid-lesson with partial XP credit, I think that'd be really useful

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LoneMurph

English for Arabic speakers on the app version. Is this available? A Kuwaiti student of mine couldn't find it on the app version. I'm excited to get my class signed up for Duolingo for Schools! Thanks! - Jon

January 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Yes, it is! Tell him/her to select "add a course." Which app do they use?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauBau

Is there a limit to the number of sections I can have? I have three successfully completed and number 4 is not showing up. Most of us would need five - seven sections for schools. This is a very interesting tool for us - particularly for differentiating learners. It will never be the core of my classroom teaching - but might well transform my classroom time into real spoken language practice which is not as well accomplished by Duolingo.

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Hi, there is not limit in terms of sections. Are you sure you added students to the fourth one?

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauBau

Got it - period 6 has not yet met, so the students have not yet entered. That is what I needed to know.

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaTMBowie

I am an ESL and Russian language teacher. I just started using the dashboard for my ESL 1 class. The student's reaction has been very positive. They like seeing their native languages as the site language. Here is a question. I have 2 students from Georgia in my ESL 1 class. The have some knowledge of Russian and are also enrolled in my Russian 1 class. I made Russian their site language. How do they type responses in Russian?
Otherwise, thanks for a great resource!

January 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

On a Mac you can easily change the keyboard language; look for an icon at the top of your screen next to the clock. If they are already familiar with the QWERTY keyboard, have them select Russian - Phonetic. In Windows 8.1, look on the lower right. You can find a brief tutorial by just googling "changing the keyboard language in (add your OS)."

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

It would be really useful to be able to upload documents for translation in specific groups - I find that often when I put something useful for my students up, by the time they get there the community has already done most of the work. Clearly Duolingo is a victim of its own success!

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marianneleirvik

Thanks Duolingo for making the school feature. :) This has made it so much easier for me to track the progress of my students. I teach Spanish in Norway, so I hope it will one day be possible to learn Spanish via Norwegian, but learning via English works fine for now.

However, I have encountered a problem. When the students click the link I have generated for my group they don't always arrive at the Progress tracking site. They have to manually click it via settings and then the info in the link is already filled in, but it's not possible to click Save changes before they write something and then erase it again.

As a suggestion I miss being able to sort by the different categories at the top, like xp points and name. Also I wish it wasn't possible to do the same lesson over and over or that I would be able to delete the points they get for doing the same lesson several times.

Thanks again! I'm looking forward to the new developments on Duolingo.

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Their section is set by them clicking on the link.

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

It would also be able to have some more control over the activity feed - prioritising certain types of information (for example levelling up) or certain students (if you've identified a student with particular difficulties, it's good to be able to follow them a little more closely)

January 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Trudi.M

I created students accounts last week but this morning I logged on to the Dashboard and none of my students had acheivements. Last night two had completed the basics with one working particularly hard and completed two basic units earning 150+ XPs. What has happened?

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Most likely because the reporting period changed from last week to this week. You can change the dates in the top right side.

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauKnapp

WHEN does the reporting period start/end? I am assuming it ends at 12 midnight on Sunday according to the dates on the top right side... but WHEN on Sunday? (Time zone?)

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

It seems to me that it resets on Sundays at 7:00pm EST, 4:00pm PST. This is midnight UTC between Sunday and Monday. A clean slate for the new week.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tuminu

I don't know if this is me being unobservant or what but once you generate a link for a class in the teachers section I can't see a way of generating the same link again. Help?

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Just do it over with the same section.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Silvia241276

Est ce que ce forum est specific que pour les enseigants ? Ou pour tous...

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marronne

Ce forum est specific pour les enseignants. Si vous alliez à la rubrique "discussion" en haut de la page, vous trouveriez tous les discussions "générales" :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sra.Mitchell

I love this! Thank you so much for incorporating the class feature! Receiving the reports in my email really saves me some time :-)

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauKnapp

Can you tell when exactly the reporting period ends? I am trying to set a due date/time for my kids, and I am confused.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundaysa

In my experience, it resets on Sundays at 7:00 pm, so if a student does a lesson after that time, it will count as Monday. I wonder of this is different in other time zones. I live in the East Coast of the US.

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Yes, that makes sense. So they reset it at midnight UTC (Greenwich Mean Time) between Sunday and Monday. This occurs Sunday at 7:00 pm EST, 4:00 pm PST, etc.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauKnapp

Thank you Mundaysa! That is the information I was looking for! :)

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sra.Mitchell

Looks to me like they start on Mondays and end on Sundays.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sra.Vallejo

I started doing duolingo with one class through duolingo.com. I asked my students to send me their e-mail address so I could send an invitation from my account. They started following me, I am following them back, this way I can see their progress. So far I have seven students. Then for my other class, I did it through dashboard.duolingo.com. I did it using my phone, the screen is little so I missed how to do the different sections, and I ended up creating three for the same class. So far I have three students. I think I will have to give directions again to this class, because I asked them first to go to duolingo.com and look for my section name, they could not find me. Now I have the link for this particular class on the school website; I am also advising them to go to dashboard.duolingo.com and look for my section name in case the link doesn't work.

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ms.Meyer

I would like to start assigning weekly Duolingo homework for my middle school students. Does anyone have any sugguestions on how many XP points or levels for them to reach? I'm still not completely clear on how someone move from one level to the next, so it seems like having them complete 50 XP points per week seems reasonable and doable... most have already started so are on different lessons. Thanks!

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BBeLCJ

How can my students using a tablet add their specific course for my progress monitoring?

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi BBeLCJ, do you mean they are using an app? If they are unable to send you an invite to view their progress, you can email them a link where they can click and accept your offer to view their progress via email. There are instructions in this User Guide ^_^

February 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MmeParkey

Hello all! I'm a new teacher at my school and I've decided to pilot Duolingo with my French students. :) I'm trying to use it in the same way that my fellow English teachers use Membean (for those of you who know about this awesome app!). So, I'm leaving my students with some simple requirements: get a minimum of 70 XP per week in at least 4 different skills.

On the teacher dashboard, it lists the weeks from Monday to Sunday, so I set their assignment to be due by Sunday, but in reality the teacher dashboard resets to the next week on Sunday! :O That's extremely confusing considering that it's linked to dates! Some of my students have worked on Sunday assuming that that day counts towards their goal (& I assumed that also based on the way the dashboard lists the weeks)... Is there a way to fix/change this so that it is more transparent?

Merci! :D

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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You get an email report every Monday. I assume this also contains all of the last Sunday. On the dashboard, you can select the week(s) before (upper right).

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrauKnapp

I think it synchs at about 7pm EST. I made my due "time" at 4pm on Sundays (with heavy encouraging to get it done Saturday), and it seems to work. Only a few kids seem to have done it "late" this week.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MmeParkey

Thank you Frau! :) For now I'm just going to have the XP due every Sat. to avoid any time zone issues. :)

Duolingo, please give us the option to change the time zone that we're in and to set how we'd like to see our weekly breakdown.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Duolingo is used all over the world, so they chose UTC as their time zone (rather than EST where their offices are located). I'm glad you came up with a way to work around this little inconvenience. So, yes, the week changes at midnight UTC so that's 7:00 pm EST.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MmeParkey

Ah!!!! That makes more sense. :P

I still think that Duolingo should give us the ability to change when we want our dashboards to reset. :) What if a teacher wants their students to finish their XP by Friday? There's no way to change it currently.

Having a time zone feature is definitely important! :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrLeeSpanish

When will it be possible to access the dashboard in the app?

Also, is there LMS integration in the future? (Blackboard, Schoology, Edmodo)

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KulhaneckCamille

j'arrive pas a parler couramment anglais car j'ai que 10 ans

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

So in order to experience Duolingo as my students are experiencing it I started to learn Italian and I have some critiques to offer. 1) Love the picture choices, that's a great format because they see pictures, hear the language, plus it is easy to get right. 2) I got SO frustrated with the "Select the missing word" and "Listening" questions because there are NO resources for you to look anything up and they are SUPER picky about spelling. If I miss even one little "i" not only do I not gain points, but I'm knocked back on my total. I actually gave up after a while because I was getting so mad. I kept getting listening question after listening question, I could not figure out how to spell anything, so I lost so many points I was basically back to the beginning. Like I said, I quit in frustration. Please either have less of those questions, provide some sort of dictionary (like the word hover that you offer with the typing ones), or don't make me lose points when I get things wrong! Or if a student is failing miserably at these types of questions give them less of these types of questions. Grrrrr! 3) That's my overall gripe--that students lose points when they get answers wrong. It's so disheartening. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT LOSE PROGRESS FOR GETTING THINGS WRONG, THEY SHOULD JUST NOT ADVANCE. This is my biggest frustration and my biggest piece of advice. 4) The lesson rarely actually taught me the words I needed, it just expected me to know them. A listening or translate question would pop up with verb forms I'd never seen before, there were no additional resources on the page, and I'd be penalized for guessing incorrectly. How can I learn it if I'm never presented with the material first? There should be a way to through the vocabulary of the lesson before you start having to answer questions about it (possibly getting points for going through it), or have a lesson-specific pop-up dictionary always available. 5) Overall waaaaay too much of an emphasis on perfectly correct spelling. I have special education students who are not good typists or spellers but they know what things mean. More multiple choice, matching, pictures, etc. questions would be appreciated so ALL students can use this resource.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kymika

Thank you Duolingo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

February 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LanaFrazie

My name is Lana Frazier. I teacher French/Spanish at Gatesville High School in Gatesville, Tx. I have a question regarding XP's. I have some students refreshing their basic skills. Do they receive less points when they have already done these units previously? Thanks for your responses.

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/deadkite

they do. I think they only get 3 XP

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Judah_

My name is Arthea and I just won't to say Thank you Guy's very much, I think Duolingo is the best way to learn a language and it's free, I'm going to be traveling in the near future so I won't to know the languages of the countries that I'm going to be traveling to and so this is the best way for me. I plan on being fluent in all the languages I attempt to learn, thank you and may God bless y'all

February 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryE.Ober

I'm newly a French teacher (after years of music/directing), with one class of 24 middle schoolers in HS level French I... When I set up my school account here, the invite I got in my school email said welcome to learning Spanish? I did go back and add "French from English" to my profile, but how do I make sure the link I generate to invite students is linking them to the right option, the French from English?

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahRoy

I think they individually choose what language to learn. All my students are in a single class, and we have English from Chinese, English from Japanese, English from Spanish, and Spanish from English. Some even signed up for German from English or Italian from English in addition (not as part of my class, but on their own profiles).

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahRoy

Hi everyone! I'm a middle school ESL teacher in Nashville, TN. I have been letting several of my native Spanish speakers use Duolingo to practice English in class. I have a problem though. For the ones who attended school in Latin America, they can read and write Spanish, and thus fully participate in English Duolingo. For the ones who were born here in the U.S. but speak primarily Spanish at home, almost none of them can read Spanish (SO SAD!!). Does anyone else have this problem? I let them sign up with English accounts to learn Spanish; even though they already speak Spanish, I want them to read it--even though they're in my class to learn English. Can anyone else relate or give suggestions? Thanks!

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dlansberry

Could you have them do English to Spanish? I have my heritage speakers doing that in my Spanish class. Even though they speak Spanish, this program is helping them with the reading and writing. The translation activities builds their English and Spanish at the same time. I had them start with the placement test.

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ms.Meyer

HELP!

I'm trying to set up a class on my Duolingo Dashboard, but many students are not appearing when they clicked the link I generated for their section. I created a "fake" account to try it out myself (I thought they just were clicking "cancel" instead of "allow"), but I couldn't get my fake account to appear in my real teacher Dashboard either- I tried both clicking on the generated link and manually adding the progress sharing under the settings.

Anyone else have this problem or have an idea of how to fix it? Thank you!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

Many of my students had to click the generated link twice for me, one time to make their account and then a 2nd time to link that account with mine. Try having the students just click that generated link a second time after they've made their account and see if that works. (When they click the link a second time they will need to "accept" or "agree" or something so that you can follow them.)

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nussa000

Hi..please could any one tell me how to sign in for a Spanish teaching course ?

February 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdrianZamora0

I am super confused on how I log in to my the dashboard. I put in my username and password but cannot find my students! It just shows me as a user. I have it bookmarked at school but not at home and I cannot see their progress.

Also, I have had no success in receiving support. Has anyone else ever tried to e-mail for certain problems and received a response?

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi Oxandale, I'm not a tech but I did put together an amatuer userguide if you want to check it out HERE I hope this helps!

March 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/deadkite

Hello i am Sam and I teach French and German classes. I am happy with this place

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrBrewster

I would like to use Duolingo with my year 4s but because it is not a closed system it will be possible for them to interact with anyone through the app and this concerns me. Is it possible to have accounts that can only interact with people in the class or the teacher and not "the outside world"?

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/krista.keller

I'm in the same position... I want to use it with my 4th graders. I'm wondering if there is a way that the teacher can create one login for the class so that the class is contained in a closed system and do not need their email to get on. This would be so great for elementary level!

March 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

You can change your students' privacy settings in your Schools dashboard so they cannot access forums, post on user stream. You can also block Immersion for them. Check out the Schools help page and scroll down to "What privacy features are offered?"

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

My Dashboard changed back to the previous version. The new version I just had told me how many skills and lessons students had done and I could sort them. How do I switch back to that version?

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

We temporarily switched users with large classrooms back to the old version, since the dashboard takes a long time to load when there are more than 100 students. We are currently working on making it faster and should be able to switch everybody to the new version towards the end of the week. Sorry for the inconvenience!

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

Mine hasn't switched back yet. I am fine with the speed it was going before. Can my account be switched to the new version? Especially with the large number of students I have on here, the old version is making it VERY difficult to track them.

March 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

We just switched everybody to the new version! Sorry again for the inconvenience.

March 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/embeam1992

I am so excited this feature is being added! I tried using duolingo for my Spanish classes. I was a great review at first for my Spanish 2 but I felt it started off really advanced for a beginner. For me, I wish I could put the levels in the order I wanted them or type in a small item I am covering and a bubble be generated for me.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

Is there a way to see students' current levels? I thought it was in the new group view, but I don't see it any more. It made it very easy to see if students had reached the levels they were assigned. Can that be added back?

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure

I have 4 500 lingots. I would like to donate these to the school course to reward young students when a teacher deems it appropriate. The logistics would appear to be a nightmare though! Three keystrokes to give one lingot away - 13 500 keystrokes in total. And who would the recipient be?

I am also willing to help here as a tutor - but only with Dutch, English and Portuguese.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hold down the enter key and click "Give Lingot".Hold the enter key for as long as you like and it will keep giving them lingots. BUT, caution. Soon, the lingots will be disbursing very quickly.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure

Hi, my old friend from my earlier days here! My problem is where to send these lingots. They need to be shared between the schools. I will leave it up you Mods to decide. You are welcome to take the 4 500 lingots from my profile and use them as you like. Tchauzinho meu amigo!

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

That is very kind! I will make sure to distribute them to teachers whenever I see them making posts.

In order to do that though, you will need to give them to me using the technique I mentioned above. :)

Also, did you previously have a brown bunny icon? I know the name, I just can't place the current icon. Hello!

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure

Eu acho que AlexisLinguist usa o coelho marron. She is a Mod as well.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Alexis uses a red bear named Lotso. :)

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure

There must be a better way to get these lingots to you! Duo transfers five and then I have to begin again!

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I'll ask Alexis if that's as fast as it goes. She's always having lingot wars with people. I think that technique is the fastest one there is though.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

That's the fastest, Mark. But, the servers have been upgraded, so it shouldn't be taking that long. Obviously 4000 is greater than 500 (my usual amount limit), but it should be constantly transferring.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pal258

Hola, yo soy de Argentina!

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/carlyHeartBeat

thats nice and very important

March 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FranoisHar2

I am a new student who works with Duolingo. This method is mervallous to begin to learn english grammar and to learn to speak currently....

March 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/krista.keller

Hi everyone! I love using duolingo myself, and have used it to improve my German since moving to Switzerland. I teach at a primary international school and would love to use it with my class. However I am stuck with the email addresses, as my students are too young to have their own. Is there any way to make a class account without them having to use their email to confirm the link?

March 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hello krista.keller! right now the students need to have their own accounts in order to be tracked by you. And to have an account, they need to sign up with an email address. We realize this a common issue for elementary teachers and there are ways some people have found to work around it.

Secret workaround:
You can create student accounts by adding a + symbol and characters after it, between your name and the @ symbol. For example, let's say you have a student called a student called Maria B. in your 2015 class. If you have/create a gmail account called myname@gmail.com, you can add her to your class by creating an account using the email address myname+mariab15@gmail.com

Advantages of doing it this way:
-Students can create accounts without having an email address
-Teacher gets all emails and notifications (however, students do not get reminders)
-Teacher can help students recover lost passwords
-Teachers can always pass student account to student/parents once they leave their class (pass on account to new email address)

We know this is not an ideal solution, but it might help teachers in your situation who want to use Duolingo as soon as possible. Good luck and let us know how it goes! =]

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/krista.keller

Sounds like a good solution to try, thanks!

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tamigierhan

Hoping to start an elective class using Duolingo. I'm looking for ideas of how to format the class, grade student progress, and include presentations.....

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KatePrzybylo

how do you set lessons to do as homework?

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

Personnaly I tell each class how many lessons they need to complete (although I usually try to keep it as whole skills). We have marking periods, so I break it up over the 1st half (pre-interim) and 2nd half (post-interim) of the marking period. One of my classes is on Present 2.

March 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kmillien

Thanks Duolingo, this is a great program, but I need your help. As an educator it would be great if I can find articles to assign to my students no matter what the level. I found the tutorials on Immersion to be lengthy and overwhelming and was not sure where or how to have them start the articles. Also since I have students learning different languages, is it possibly to have the same article translated into different languages? Thanks for your help

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tamigierhan

How is your class set up? Do your students each chose a language they want to learn? I am trying to set up a class at my middle school and I'm not sure where to start. It sounds like you might be doing something similar. I would appreciate your input!

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/v.court

It would be very valuable as a teacher to be able to print (by sections) a list of students and their progress (ie: lessons, skilss, xp points)

March 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

Do the colors of the skills (i.e. Blue, Green, and Red) have any significance?

March 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Yes, they coincide with skill strength. Gold is full strength. I'm not sure about the other colors though.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

Does anybody know what the Blue, Red, and Green stand for?

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

They do not mean anything specific, they are just different images picked for the icons. :]

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Fabriceboutain

ok

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ErkanArkin

Hi, I am an instructor teaching a group of English language teaching (ELT) students in Cyprus. I am learning Spanish. The group I am teaching will be English teachers in a few years and to get them understand how it feels learning a new language I added them to my dashboard as Spanish language learners. We are experimenting with the dashboard feature and who knows maybe when they become teachers my students will continue using Duolingo with their students supporting their English language learning ...

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ms.Meyer

Is there any way to double check your own XP points from the previous week? I have a student who only had 10 XP points listed on my Dashboard, but he says he definitely did more than that...and we couldn't find where it shows it on his profile.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/spanishnsms

I am having some of the same issues. Also some students are showing up in my weekly progress report, but then are not showing on the class dashboard they are connected to.

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fraudunning

Ditto this. It's end of term, and I'm hearing this from a few kids as they look at their grades. I'd love to be able for them to see the same progress report I get (broken down by week).

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

We'll look into the data issues!

Also, it is currently not possible for your students to see the same report that you see unless they share progress with themselves, as Usagiboy7 said. However, this will remove them from your dashboard, as students can only share progress with one person at a time (for now). As the dashboard evolves, there will almost definitely be some sort of data export option.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

A data export option would be dynamite for me - I have almost three hundred students on the platform, and the ability to export study history using .odf, .xls or .xlsx format would be really useful.

Similarly, some of my students do two or more foreign languages - it would be really great if they could share their Spanish progress with their Spanish teacher and their English progress with me.

In any case, still loving the aplication - great work!

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Thanks for that clarification, erdnuss! I thought I was still part of two classes, one being mine. I'll change the user guide to reflect this insight.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

They are able to share progress with themselves just as they were able to share progress with you. ^_^ Here are some instructions for navigating the Schools feature if necessary. I am nearly done updating it. I should be done by tomorrow.

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fraudunning

So they need to have a progress report sent to themselves? Is there no way that they can just see a list of weeks and how many points they earned? I don't think I'm getting it...

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Using the link below, they need to add their own email address under "Share progress with" :)

Share progress with....

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/applebee

Voice Comments on Duolingo

One of a few features I miss from LiveMocha is the ability to record comments.

(I noticed tonight how helpful that would be with the Turkish "su soguk" that Selcen Ozturk says, in comments, is not enunciated correctly. That is good to know, but even better would be if she could then record the phrase for others to hear.)

As a teacher I would like it if my students could record short speaking practice phrases or immersion selections for me to listen to and the ability to record myself in reply so they can hear any differences I may want to point out to them.

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/redditduonorsk

I created a dashboard account for a group of independent Norwegian learners so that when the Beta is developed we can monitor the progress of the entire group as a way of encouraging each other. In order to do this I want to allow all of the "students" to have access to the dashboard account so that we can all check in on each other at anytime.

Is there any reason that this would not work? I.e. Will it be an issue if multiple people log in to the user dashboard at the same time?

This was the easiest way I could figure out how to create a duolingo learning team with everyones info all in one place. Before I distribute our group's info to all of the users I just want to make sure that this method will work!

Thanks!

March 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sean_chin

Technically, this is possible. But like any other internet service, I would recommend against sharing usernames and passwords, as people can always change the password and create headaches.

A safer alternative would be to utilize the leaderboard on the home screen. Students can add/follow each other by clicking on each other's profiles and they will appear on each other's leaderboard.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iceman0426

I LOVE the new class view! This makes it SOOOOO much easier to see where my students are! Great work!

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Profe_Cavalli

An awesome platform - can hardly believe it's FREE!!! Thank you so much for this!!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KCHquist

Hello. I wish there was an easy way to search your forum posts, as someone else may have asked this, but I don't see one, so here I go with my question/concern , , ,

My colleagues and I have just started assigning Duolingo as homework in the past month. We ask students to complete a certain number of lessons each week, which we track on the very useful Schools Dashboard. Just today, I have learned that students are cheating and "completing" whole lessons instantaneously by starting a lesson then turning off their wifi and clicking through the lesson with nonsense answers. When they turn their wifi back on, the lesson is shown as "complete". Students are "completing" multiple lessons and tests, which should take at least 10 minutes each, in 5 minutes time.

Please let me know if there is a fix for this. Otherwise, our use of Duolingo as an assignment may be over.

Thank you.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sean_chin

Hi Kathryn, This is definitely something we are aware of and are trying to fix. The issue is a bit technically complex, so we are unsure how quickly we can fix this, but it is a priority.

Sean

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KCHquist

Thanks for your reply. In the meantime, is there any way to reset student accounts? We may ask some of our students to go back and complete earlier lessons that they "completed" using the trick mentioned above. Thank you.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

@KathrynHag, yes. You can have them reset their course through their Settings. By resetting, they will start at the beginning of their course again. They will be offered a placement test that will jump them ahead according to their knowledge level. Or, they can test out of individual skills along their way through the tree again. :)

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KCHquist

Thank you!

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lock29

Hello. Is there the option for me to create small pieces of work for students to complete (and ideally submit online). These would just be small pieces of homework on a weekly basis.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/applebee

I give them an xp number per week as part of the course. Depending on how much other work I am assigning them I require 40 - 80 XP points per week. You could also require so many lessons passed. I prefer XP points because then the perfectionists can practice already completed lessons while the ones who want something new are free to continue along the language tree. The dashboard tracks each students activity so you can document it or use it for the grade for that activity.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/applebee

Also if you have time you can view each student's progress details and assign individual lessons, but to my way of thinking, that takes a lot of the fun and all of the freedom out of the learning.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ecappleby

Please add English to the languages in the language drop down menu on the dashboard. I have French, Spanish, and English classes. I am using Duolingo with my French and Spanish classes, but am about to add my English language students and noticed that English is not in the drop down menu. Thanks. :-) Love the program, by the way!

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

The drop down menu is a reflection of the languages that your students are learning - once your first English language student shares their progress with you, you should see English as an option in the drop down menu. :)

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ecappleby

Thanks, I understand now. :-) I wondered why I had Danish and Portuguese on my list and not English, now I know.

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ecappleby

What happened to the Japanese for English speakers course I see mentioned in one of the earliest posts?

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Duolingo has a English for Japanese speakers course in beta. However, they've run into some difficulties with trying to reverse the course. More info about that here.

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ecappleby

I am having a problem getting my ESL students onto my dashboard. Many of them have duolingo on their smart phone, but can't remember their passwords to log onto the computer. I can't send them the link because they don't have email addresses and many of them don't even have access to computers. It is easy to add a professor to share your progress once you log into duolingo via the computer. But, since they cannot do this, is there a way to share progress via the phone app? If there is, I could not find it. Thank you for your help!

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sean_chin

If your students go to their "Profile" on the Duolingo app, they can find a setting called "Progress Sharing." Once they press on that, they can type in your email address (the one you use Duolingo with) and a section name (if you have any).

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfeShupperd

What time is the cutoff for reporting student scores for the week? I get an email Monday AM but my kids aren't sure when the week officially ends.

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/aegisnyc

I'd like to be able to create a list of words I'm having trouble with, so I could create my own stack of flashcards and drill a little. Maybe users could tag new words in lessons to keep on the list AND be able to add the flashcards that they didn't know to that list?

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I recommend http://www.cram.com I've used it a lot. :)

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/frogblue

I am a Spanish teacher and I am adding students to this app and tracking their progress. But to look at the lessons they have completed, I have to have completed the lesson myself to look at the words they had. I just created an account on this. What I am saying is, do I have to complete my Spanish tree just to see what my students are learning?

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundaysa

I was having the same problem and got together with other people here and we have created a Google Doc document with the content of the Spanish tree.

Here's the link to the discussion and document: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6938091$comment_id=8206693

Hope it is useful!

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Here's how you can move classes into sections (scroll down): https://dashboard.duolingo.com/dashboard_help

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Kristine, will you check that link? I think the doubled word in the beginning is causing it to reroute to the general help menu.

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristinaCarvey

This helps with splitting classes, but I don't see how I can merge classes...

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/costick

HI - I need some help. When last on Duolingo, I was getting an update of how many points my students were getting per week. I was giving them extra credit based on those points. Now Duolingo has changed their system. I cannot see the points and they are not sending me an update. If you hover over the green check a date pops up - I assume it is the date that the student completed the section. But I have a very trustworthy student who says that she completed 200 points recently but her most recent date says Feb. Is there a way to see it under the old system so that I can properly give our extra credit? Thanks!!

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

Hi there - we added the view with the green checkmarks as a way to explore how far along the skill tree each student in your class is. The date on the checkmark does indeed show when they student completed a particular skill. It does not replace the detailed list view though! If you need more detailed information, you can switch back and forth between the "course progress view" and the list view by clicking the button in the upper right. See this screenshot: screenshot

In the detailed list view, you can click on each student row to see a summary of their activity on Duolingo, so you should be able to see exactly where your student earned their 200 points.

As far as the weekly email is concerned, I checked out your account and it looks like our system blocked your email address. This can happen if your email provider marks emails from Duolingo as spam (at which point our system stops sending them). I fixed that and you should get your next email Monday morning. Sorry for the inconvenience!

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoraGuetzko

I have a student who has determined a "shortcut" that passes him through a level without completing it? I cannot determine exactly what he/she is doing (yet), but it seems highly suspect. Anyone know how he/she is doing this?

April 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoraGuetzko

Yes, it is the turn the wifi off and on as you work. I looked on line in the cheat code areas. Thank goodness I have skills in gaming and know where to find "cheat codes."

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/C.Hollick

Feedback:

The only homework I generally give my students is to practice their skills on duolingo. I tell them I am able to review their progress and use their current experience as their weekly participation mark. However, I can't quite do this any more since one of my students found out to cheat the system. He now has over 1000XP and gold levels because he figured out how to tamper with the coding. Also, apparently if you turn off the wifi and continue working on duolingo, every answer will be marked as correct not matter what. That same student figured out that he can keep his answers by turning on the wifi connection before leaving the page. He is now incredibly ahead of the class according to duolingo, but in reality, he has 0XP.

Also, is there a way to send a mass email to all my "followers" . I would like to be able to remind students of upcoming tests and such on duolingo.

April 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Thanks for the feedback, C.Hollick! Is this "cheating" while offline still an issue for you? Please let us know.

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoraGuetzko

A couple of students found the cheats for turning on and off the wireless and it pushes them through with garbage answers and scores them as perfect. I am not sure how to "prove" that they are cheating and need some suggestions. As stupid as this sounds, they have put several hours into the cheating effort- which tells you what sort of goofs they are. It could be that their accounts may accidentally be deleted or blocked soon. Darn internet. Then they would have to start over. Can Duolingo 1) fix the cheat 2)send them a note saying "You are cheaters! Our records indicate...." Then I can take some stronger action.... Anyone else have suggestions?

April 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

We'll be fixing this soon!

April 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/davidcwalls

I am not sure this will give you any concrete help, but maybe you will find it somehow useful. I think that I probably had a somewhat similar disposition to your students, once upon a time. My guess is that they find two things appealing about what they are doing: the emotional thrill of beating the system, and the intellectual challenge of figuring out how to do so. I don't think they are just "lazy", i.e. trying to put as little time in as possible (though they may not realize it consciously) because of the amount of work you describe. The tricky part is how to redirect their ingenuity into more productive endeavors.

For myself, I had two specific incidents that helped me: when I was in high school, we setup the first computer classroom. The teachers knew from my previous experience using the couple of individual computers that a friend of my and I would find the situation a challenge, so, they made us an offer: we could write a program that could be used for the class to take tests and we wouldn't have to do any of the regular coursework. However, we had to provide reasonable proof that the system was "unbreakable" by any other students, and we had to fix any bugs that arose in the first two semesters. Of course, we took them up on the offer, and it was a huge success - they played our egos perfectly, giving us the the opportunity to show that we could make a system that no other students could outwit, and in the meantime, we were so busy that we didn't have time to disrupt the education of the rest of the class.

The second incident was in my first year at college - a grad student who had taken me under his wing found me working away in the computer lab for several days and eventually worked out that I was decompiling a computer game so I could break the copy protection. He let me go at it for a while, then took me to lunch and asked me how much time I had spent, how much the game cost, and how much I made per-hour when I worked at the computer department. It was obvious that if I spent the time working, I could buy the game outright, and still come away with dollars in my pocket. If I recall correctly, I never did buy the game, because it wasn't nearly as challenging as breaking the copy protection, but I did come to realize that I should be more discriminating in the selection of challenging tasks I undertook.

The second example is probably closer to your case, and giving the kind of advice I got from my mentor is not always an easy thing, especially coming from a teacher directly to her student. The first example took place at a very specific moment, when the faculty had an opportunity that is rarely present.

One concrete thought I had: perhaps you could offer extra credit or something similar for students who can document how to beat the system in DuoLingo. In the course of working out the shortcuts, they will, necessarily expose themselves to the material, and to some extent (hopefully) lose the thrill of not doing the actual work since it will then be clear that you and they know that they have the capability to do so. It will also help you and DuoLingo with regard to preventing future bypassing of the intended course progress (I do hate to use the work "cheating")

April 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoraGuetzko

Those are great comments and suggestions. As the mother of two male "gamers" for an extended time, my students seem stunned that I have a Steam account, play Mindcraft, and have access to GTA whatever edition. Scribblenauts in Spanish is one of my favorites. I wish more gaming software were available in Spanish! Disney Latino has some on line, but it is not geared towards beginner students.

This program is by far one of the better ones I have seen to date. And of course, the price is perfect!

As of now, I grade the students on vocabulary work on Duolingo with a paper and pencil complete what I learned to day. Keeping it simple while we work out all the bugs.

Thank you again for your comments!

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fraudunning

I'm having problems again with students who have done the work (and they are reliable students) but the points aren't showing up on my dashboard.

April 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tony

We're sorry to hear that, we'll look into it.

April 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristinaCarvey

Double check to make sure they used your email correctly and selected the class that they belong.

April 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

I have the same problem occasionally. :( I trust the students that report that they did their work and it's not showing up.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SenoraGuetzko

Thank you Luis! Te lo agradezco.

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/em.ing69

CAn you tell me how can i make golden ring when i winish one rang.

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

I'm afraid this isn't very clear - could you explain what you mean?

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

I would love access to my Spanish students' progress quiz scores, and word counts. Also, I would like to get a notification when one of my students finishes all the skills on the Spanish tree. I feel bad when that goes unnoticed. Gracias for this fantastic teaching tool!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Thanks for the ideas, emilybwilliams! :D

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanbeaboss

thanks for the help man!

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

Hello,

I'm really loving the Duolingo Teacher Tools - the programme just keeps getting better. I'm intending to roll the programme out with my colleagues at the beginning of next semester, and everyone who's been involved in the test programme is very happy with it.

One of the few difficulties we have had is getting the students to work on the collaborative translations, not just on the language training. Part of the difficulty seems to be that the translation material is only available on the website, and most of our students tend to use the mobile app. Might it be possible to incorporate the translation element of the programme on the app?

Secondly, Duolingo is partly a victim of its own success, as any texts we teachers publish on the platform tend to be translated by the community before our students can get to it - would it be possible to add a function to the teacher mode where we could publish a text for translation by a specific group that we are following?

As I said, I love the platform, and I know my students get a lot out of it. I think if I can get them to do more translation on top of their language training, it'd be even more useful. Thank you all very much for making this widely available!

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Thanks for the insights, MTaylor! How much do you use the translation feature vs the Duolingo language tree?

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

I'm afraid to say I've rather given up on the translation features - partly because they're not available on the app, and partly because when I put something on by the time my students have got to it it's often been translated by the wider Duolingo community. It's a real shame, as the language tree can get to be a bit repetitive for more advanced learners.

What I think would be really great would be firstly, to incorporate translation features in the mobile app, and secondly to have a way of assigning texts to specific groups. I don't know how technically challenging that would be, but if it were possible I'd probably aim for more of a 50:50 split, with weaker learners using the language tree and stronger learners doing more translation.

Hope this helps!

August 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

It sure does! We Duolingo for Schools to be the best tool it could be, so this is super helpful. Thank you and please keep your ideas coming!

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahRoy

Hello teachers! Where do you go online to find language teaching resources? Any discussion forums particularly helpful?

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

For teaching which language?

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahRoy

Well, I teach English to speakers of other languages. But I'm asking for a friend who wants to know generally about language teaching in the U.S. so could be any foreign language, really.

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

I'm in EFL myself, and I use a lot of stuff freely available from the "BBC Learning English" website. The new site is available here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/), and has some good stuff, but there is also an enormous amount of material in the archive, available here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/) - General and Business English, Discussion Skills, Pronunciation. In terms of other languages the BBC has some material available here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/), not sure how applicable it is in a classroom setting. Hope that helps!

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TINAABCDEFG

I'm using the BBC series in class, Mi Vida Loca, and it has been well-received by students and myself. It has vocab lists you can print for each exericise and I've useed puzzlemaker (on the web) to make vocab reinforecement study sheets. It is a drama in Spanish that has18 episodes with lots of instruction embedded throughout .

June 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahRoy

Thanks so much!!

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MTaylor_IGS

No worries - hope all of that helps, and happy teaching!

June 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TINAABCDEFG

I would like to know in the standards for FL which levels of Spanish are covered in Duolingo. I would like to know if this program can be used for Spanish I and Spanish II.

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paraphrasing

Does anyone know what users on here are team members and how can you tell if they are a team member?

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Are you asking how to identify staff and moderators? Staff have a blue ring around their profile icon in the forums and moderators have a green ring.

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paraphrasing

Can anyone become either one of them?

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Staff are hired by Duolingo. There is a jobs link at the bottom of this page for folks interested in getting hired. Most moderators these days are folks who help build the courses. Once in a while someone from the discussion forums is also invited to become a moderator through email. :)

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paraphrasing

Are you a moderator?

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Yup. I got an invite via email about a year and a half ago. :) If you want to discuss it more though, we should move our conversation to the Activity stream. (Just click my username and you can message me there.) Thanks!

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gvandermeer

Hello! I have been using Duolingo for about 4 months, and I think it's great. I'm having a problem getting it set up for my students, though. When they clink the link to join the class, they get a 404 message. What could the problem be?

June 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Maestro_Yoda

Hi, I am a professor of secondary and university also, I have more than 8 years working with virtual education and truth Duolingo I feel great and I use in my classes with the DashBoard, would be excellent teachers we could raise or create your own lessons English spara our groups. Greetings from Colombia

June 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EdeHernand

I am writing because I have two questions:

As a teacher: It is possible to unlock the language that you teach so I can look at the content that is being taught on each lesson? Or do I have to go through the lessons and pass each of them by myself?

Is it possible to assigned or choose lessons and quizzes to students that already in my roster?

June 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/myra

Great questions, Edehernand!

You can click on the individual skill icons in your dashboard view to see which words are taught there. Soon educators will be able to try out the entire Duolingo course for their students without unlocking the skill tree themselves, but this isn't something we offer yet. You can however unlock major portions of your course by clicking the padlock checkpoints to test out and skip ahead. When you create an account and start a new course, you also have the option of taking a placement test, which should unlock most of the course for advanced learners.

Many teachers assign their students a particular skill in the tree and give them a deadline by which point they should have completed everything up to that point (communicated in class or email etc). The dashboard can be used to follow up and track students' work towards milestones like these.

We're also eager to hear your ideas around this. What sort of assignment feature would you find the most useful for your purposes?

June 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EdeHernand

Hello Myra, Thank you for replying. It is great to know that someone is working diligently asking for input. One of the things that probably should be consider for Duolingo is for teachers to be able to pick and choose lessons for students. In addition, having access to the assessments and being able to modify, if necessary. This upcoming year, I am working with a school that is going full blended learning and I would like for instance integrate Duolingo to my learning platform; these are some of the things that I would need, but I am not sure if you have have the capabilities yet: - Direct link in - Single sign on - Data send back

I think that we are moving to new time education where teachers and schools don't want to be navigating through different sites to access data or resources.

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Schtepfan

Hello, my name is Schtefan and I am learning French. I am looking forward to join classes as a student and study together with others in a pleasant way. Would be happy to be guided by a teacher and share the knowledge (and the progress :) ).Thank you...

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SusanaLHS

Do we have a friendly way to print the students results by chapter or activity??

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Do you mean as a spreadsheet? Please tell us more about how you would like it to look like. :]

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/melissamorris

I've been using Duolingo to track my about 200 students in French for TWO years now! It's fantastic, and they love it. I would like to give them some lingots so they can do the quiz as a diagnostic assessment, or as a reward for evident hard work. Is there a way to do that?

July 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Right now, the only way to do that is by giving them lingots through comments in the forums (like I just gave you). We are studying ways to allow teachers to encourage and reward students, as we know this is important for educators. :]

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PedroRodri396456

Pon los 200 estudiantes a emitir sus ideas al respecto. Recoge la esencia del pensamiento. Trabaja con la crema de la crema.

July 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/melissamorris

yo no hablo español, pero gracias

July 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/richardnjones

You have google classrooms as a quick invite but could you add others such as edmodo?

Great program anyway.

All the best

Richard Jones

July 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Thanks Richard! We investigate clever ideas we find in this forum. :]

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ashley930564

Are we able to join classes because for me i dont have a lot of time to learn by myself so i think i would be more motivated in a class

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelPHenry

8Ashley - If you are trying to learn Spanish, we are organizing a large group web meeting in Duolingo to practice in a web meeting. Here is how to join:

How to join Cada Dia Spanish on Duolingo: Go to My Profile Settings Progress Sharing (or use this link)

https://www.duolingo.com/settings/observer

Share progress with: CadaDiaSpanish

Section or Class: CadaDiaSpanish

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AnuragMalh

:)

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/veronicanurma

Hello, I am Veronica but surely to call me with Eron. Basicly, I join duolingo to enrich my languages skill since I really am in love with challenge especially to learn about the other language beside of my mother tongue. I planned to learn about Dutch, German, and still want to upgrade my English skill. So, I hope people there can give me some assists to reach the goal that I have made. Thank you in advance.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hello veronicanurma! What's your native language? I suggest you visit the Duolingo general forum for extra tips about learning languages on Duolingo. The community is helpful and we are glad you're here!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissWinn

Is it possible to create word lists for each lesson? For instance, I want to print the words the 3 basic lessons on one sheet for homework-review. How can I accomplish this?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/K-4SpanishEWA

I downloaded a complete word list from the Duolingo site.

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissWinn

Great! Can you show me how to do so as well?

August 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Check out the new features too! Some exciting news :)

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissWinn

Thank you! It seems that duolingo has added almost all of my requested features!!!!!!! Wonderful!

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissWinn

Also, it would be great to have verbal only quizzes where the students have to translate from english to spanish or spanish to english without any hints.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

We are always looking for new feature ideas, and keep an eye in this forum for those, so thank you for sharing! =]

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MissWinn

Glad to share and know my voice is being heard.

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kellymeredith1

I'm very new to Duolingo. I just found it a month ago and got permission from my school admin. to incorporate it. Very excited about using it in my Spanish 1 and 2 classes. However, I am limited in my tech skills and am very nervous about whether I can do it! I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their lesson plans, and/or ways that you integrate this into your classroom, as well as your grading system? Is there already a link for lesson plans? I have not found one, if there is.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/K-4SpanishEWA

I use Duolingo for my elementary students. They use iPads for 15-20 minutes of their 50 minutes per week of Spanish class. I created half sheets for each lesson that students glue into composition books. By writing in the English meaning for each Spanish vocabulary word, they are creating a resource for themselves. Once a month, students use these interactive notebooks to make sentences using gathered vocabulary from class time as well as Duolingo. I use TPRS to teach.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kellymeredith1

Thanks. So, they write down the words and meanings as they are completing Duolingo exercises on the iPads?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/K-4SpanishEWA

Yes, I give them a list of 10 words maximum. That's the most a lesson covers. Writing the English words helps in the learning process and helps them to remember when there are no word banks. So far, I've made about 60 lesson sheets. I created individual student accounts. Luckily at my charter school, all students are assigned an email address so that helped. Otherwise I would have created 350+ gmail addresses for their Duolingo accounts. I have nearly 500 k-4 students.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaFoley1

Hello - I have been using Duolingo on my own Ipad for the past year, but now that we have abandoned another software subscription service, I would like to implement Duolingo in my language class. However, our IT person is not in favor of setting up emails for our students. Is there any way of getting around this so I can still use Duolingo and monitor progress? Ideas? Suggestions?

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/K-4SpanishEWA

You can create email accounts for each student on gmail. I had to do this for a couple of students since their school email address is for internal use only. So, 'forgot my password' won't work. Students do not need access to the gmail account information. You keep it along with their login and password in a spreadsheet. For Duolingo user names, I'd stick to first names dot school initials (John.EJB) for user name and unique password (like their phone number) for each student. These items should be readily available through a school database. I'd create a database to help it go faster. I did this for 350 students in 3-4 hours. To create gmail accounts, it'd use the Duolingo user name (John.EJB@gmail.com) and keep the password the same for each student since the teacher will be the only one accessing.

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hello PatriciaFoley1! Right now the students need to have their own accounts in order to be tracked by you. And to have an account, they need to sign up with an email address. We realize this a common issue for elementary teachers and there are ways some people have found to work around it.

Secret workaround:
You can create student accounts by adding a + symbol and characters after it, between your name and the @ symbol. For example, let's say you have a student called a student called Maria B. in your 2015 class. If you have/create a gmail account called myname@gmail.com, you can add her to your class by creating an account using the email address myname+mariab15@gmail.com

Advantages of doing it this way:
-Students can create accounts without having an email address
-Teacher gets all emails and notifications (however, students do not get reminders)
-Teacher can help students recover lost passwords
-Teachers can always pass student account to student/parents once they leave their class (pass on account to new email address)

We know this is not an ideal solution, but it might help teachers in your situation who want to use Duolingo as soon as possible. Good luck and let us know how it goes! =]

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrsDeMonner

I would like to use the Duolingo progress quiz as an assessment for placement. Is there a way to see my students' scores without having them log into their account? Or should I just have them take a new-account placement test instead, and then junk all of the accounts we created?

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! The placement test should put them in the appropriate place on the tree. You don't have to remove entire accounts if they missed the opportunity to take it. If you need them to take a placement test in an existing tree, you could remove the language and add it again (this will replace their previous progress). You can also have them "test out" at certain checkpoints in the tree to see how far they can get. If your Duolingo account is in English, try these instructions from the Duolingo Help page:

How do I skip the basics?
How do I reset my progress?

I hope it helps!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrsDeMonner

Thank you, yes this does help!

  • It seems like I can't do this for my students. Do I have to have them go in a clear their trees themselves?

  • Do they have to remove and re-add the language, or can it simply be reset to go back to the placement test?

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

You are correct, they have to reset their own progress. Teachers can monitor but not alter student progress. If they "reset" progress, it should allow them to take the placement test (no need to remove and re-add). Please remember while they will not lose their XP (points), they will lose their progress and have to start over. However, the placement test should open up the tree up to the appropriate place. :]

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sragerritsen

I don't know if this has been brought up before, but it would be really great if we as teachers could edit the order of the students in the list. That way I could place them in the same order as my gradebook-- grade transfer would be a lot smoother!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! There are awesome features suggested by teachers and we investigate all of them to make Duolingo better and more useful. Did you know you can download a CSV file (spreadsheet format file) of your classroom? That could be re-ordered by name if you like, and even printed out if you like to make notes by hand. :]

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrRees

Would it be possible to export the points (on a weekly/monthly basis) as an excel file as Khan Academy does?

Would make it easy to total up points for teachers, like me, who are using it for their form rather than class.

August 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

You can export the points as a spreadsheet. Once you are in your classroom view, select "Activity details" on the left column. There will be a button above the list of students that says "CSV" -- click on it to download the excel file. :]

August 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BaeteLora

Hi, have you experienced an inconsistency in the number of xp that different views give? My students have a goal of 100 xp per week plus a given number of skills to have completed. Their points on Dashboard don't match with what they think they have. For instance, everyone ended their first year with 3000 minimum but on returning found they had dropped. Also, they can show on their phones that they have one number but the dashboard doesn't match. Any thoughts?

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hello! XP should be consistent throughout Duolingo; it should only vary depending on view (which week you are viewing). Could you send username(s) (and, if you can, screenshots) of that problem, and any other information you can think of (course/date/device setup) to teachers@duolingo.com? It helps if we can try to replicate or look in to the issue on our end, but we'd need more information than is shareable in the forum. We'll be expecting your message!

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rebeccaellner

Help! I can no longer change the course info for individual students in my classes. I can merge whole classes, but not move individual students. Please help.

August 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/erdnuss

You can still move individual students by clicking on "Activity details" or "Course progress" in the sidebar on the left and checking the boxes next to students' names. We're working on extending that functionality to the new overview page!

August 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rebeccaellner

Oh, fantastic! Phew. Thanks so much! :-)

August 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaGon19

Luis como estas yo quiero aprender Esperanto pero en epanol , como le hago , ayudame por favor espero que tu hables espanol

September 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

There is no Esperanto for Spanish speakers available yet. Please check out the current list of courses from Spanish here.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ashevans225

Hello! I'm using Duolingo with my 3-5th grade Spanish students. When they complete lessons at home, they receive fake euros that they can use to "purchase" items from my little store. It has been working great but lately students have been losing their progress in the app. They complete a lesson and receive the gold bars but when they reopen the app later, it appears that they have not completed the lesson. Any ideas on why this could be happening?

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hello! Can you tell us more about this? I'd like to try replicating the problem on my end, but I'd need to know more details: what lesson/unit? what course? when was this and what type of browser were they using? how do you know they got the gold bars earlier? Sorry to ask so much, but it helps us detect the issue. Thanks! :]

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyninFontes

Duelingo should have fun games, so people just don't get bored with the lessons.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaFoley1

It would be nice, but I have found that for French french-games.net has some excellent games as well as tutorials and tests. I use both.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Good suggestion! :] Do you have favorite game, KellyninFontes? And have you been learning on Duolingo?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/friendlyyak

Hi Is there some way of tracking what students have done over a given period of time - e.g. 7th Sept - 14th Sept, rather than on a specific day? Thanks

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Not at the moment, but we are aware that it is something teachers would like to do. Do you usually track XP, number of skills, or time spent?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

I track days spent, and number of lessons passed and practiced. I'd love for those stats to be part of the weekly emails I get from Duolingo. Currently, I go to my dashboard and add those stats to their weekly reports.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Noted, thank you for sharing! :]

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

@friendlyyak You can track what they do weekly by viewing your class ACTIVITY DETAILS and then clicking on the top right bar that says ALL TIME. This allows you to choose which week you'd like to see their activity. The reports run Monday-Sunday. I track days spent and lessons passed and practiced each week. I require my Jr High students to practice 3 days a week and pass a minimum of 6-9 lessons a week, depending on the student. Hope that helps. :)

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/friendlyyak

Thanks emilybwilliams :) We have computer room lessons once a fortnight so it would be really good to be able to specify the exact period you want to look at (so it would cover say Weds til Weds 2 weeks later, the period of time between 2 IT lessons) but it doesn't look like you can do that can you?

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EnsMark

Help. Using the newest link, most of my students have been able to join my virtual class. When others use the link, it just takes them to their regular duolingo account and doesn't authorize me to see it. Any advice?

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taryn_Temple

It did that to me, too. Have them go click on the link a 2nd time and then authorize you to supervise their account. The first time they clicked on it they just made an account, but if they go click it a 2nd time it will connect that new account to you.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EnsMark

Thanks for the quick reply. I've done it up to 4 times with the same students and still no prompt to allow me to see...

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! That seems odd. Can you give us more information? We'd like to know if your students who are not able to sign up are on a phone or computer, and if so, which browser they are using. Is it that the pop-up confirmation isn't showing up to them? Please let us know a little more so we can try to help! :]

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EnsMark

School desktop computers first, then school tablets, I didn't see which browser they started from, and yes it just seems that there is no option to be surveilled (excuse the Foucaultian language)

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Thank you for the reply. Well, the pop-up should show up when they click on your invitation link. It is really difficult for us to try to replicate the issue here because we need to know as many details as possible (a reliable way to see this happening on our end).

If you would like to help us solve this mystery, please have your students take notes with exact information (what the link looks like, what browser, what device, what operating system, screenshots and how I recreate the issue too). Have a student try again from a completely different device and add to the notes. You can even take a screen video. Send those notes to us at teachers@duolingo.com. Fun science/tech/language project if they do it in their learning language. ;]

If you just want to get it done and fix the problem manually, have the students visit their progress sharing page from their profile and fill in the teacher's email and the name of the classroom. Let me know how it goes! :]

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LoraEarnest1

I can see that my students are completing levels, but fluency percents would be more impressive to administrators. Currently, I am looking over their shoulders for their percents. Students on phones seem to have a more difficult time coming up with their percents too.

September 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

There is a cap on how high the fluency percentage goes, and I think it is still being tested. I wouldn't use it as a basis for grading.

September 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/marisolvirgil

I really love this site. I use it as a center in my Spanish class, and my students really like it! They see their progress in their speaking and understanding of the language. There is only one question I have. Is there a way to send a class message? I have over 100 students and it is hard to message each one. I was wondering if there could be a tab to sent a class message for the whole class to be able to read, and the teacher only has to send one message. let me know if that is already in place, and if it is not in place, it would make communication with the students a whole lot better. Thanks for this site!

September 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

We do not offer a way to message all your students at once via Duolingo right now. Could you elaborate on the suggestion and give us an idea of what type of message you would like to use that for? Thanks! :]

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/friendlyyak

Just a general notification to everyone e.g. reminding them when their deadline is or encouraging them or letting them all know who is in the lead that week, that kind of thing.

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Great, thanks for the clarification. :] (that would be cool)

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/madamemuscatello

I use this in my French classroom and have my students create a weekly goal that I track. I would love them to be able to set a weekly rather than daily goal on duolingo. I would also like to know why their duolingo weekly progress restarted before 10:30pm Sunday night. They all created their accounts in EST and the progress should be set to reset at midnight Sunday, I believe. Lastly, for some reason, a lot of them have trouble seeing their weekly XP if they, for instance, do not have any followers. Is there a way to find this?

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! We want to give teachers more and more control over how to split up the measurements, and intend to make that happen. I can see the value of weekly goal for a teacher, and I think it is worth considering. For now, are they counting their points manually, or are you using the weekly reports that are sent via email? What type of device are they using? Their XP for the past week should be on the right column, under the Duo coach and goal reached symbol.

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

Has Duolingo considered a way to balance XP for practice vs. passing new levels? I would like to give more weight to earning XP but since reviewing basics gives equal XP to passing a difficult new level down the tree, it doesn't seem right.

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

We already do! If a student practices the same skill over and over again, they get way fewer points than learning a new skill or refreshing a skill they haven't seen for a long time. We created this inspired by teacher requests. :]

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/emilybwilliams

That's great! I didn't realize that the change had been made! I'll start paying closer attention to XP again. Is there a formula for the points given; is there a certain amount given for review and another amount given for new levels?

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/madamemuscatello

I am not receiving weekly emails...? They are using their computers, but can't seem to see their weekly XP because that spot is taken up by Duo asking if they want to try to find friends. I am going in at the end of each week and reading their points on the teacher portal. Any response on the question about resetting the weekly XP before midnight Sunday?

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! Please go to settings > notifications and make sure "There is an announcement" is enabled. Remember to save! If receiving announcements from Duolingo is turned off, you won't receive teacher emails. As for the other issue: in order to see themselves in the leaderboard, students need to follow at least one other person. That could be you, a family member, or a friend. They can search another user by typing in their username. Resetting the weekly XP is not possible at the moment. We will need to make some site-wide changes in order for that to happen and we are looking into how to do that. Thanks!

September 23, 2015
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