Progress Quiz for Students?
I love using Duolingo in my classroom. I use it mostly as a way for students to practice at home at their own pace. I think they deserve credit for the work they've done and I regularly assign checkpoints for them and award them participation credit.
I am wary, though, of students who may have found ways to circumvent the system.
Being able to assign them specific tasks to complete in class as a measure of their progress would be a cool feature.
For example, is it possible to assign the "Progress Quiz" to students? Or is there a version I could assign that doesn't require students to have a certain number of lingots? Or could I assign a specific lesson's "Test Out" quiz for them to take on a certain day (and then see their score)?
On the Duolingo dashboard, up in the right top hand corner theres a little button called "Classroom Practice." That gives you a great lesson based on the average of all your students. It is recommended to do it all together as a class, using a projector. Also, you can restrict access to Immersion, Activity, or Discussion, if thats what you mean by them "circumventing" the system (or wasting time).
I just saw that feature, and it looks interesting. But, if I'm reading correctly, it looks as if that's only intended to be completed by a single person (the teacher) projecting onto a screen. Is there a way to assign that "Classroom Practice" to each student individually?
I know that some students have found that they can bypass certain lessons if they play without the wifi. Others will remove all audio portions (speaking and listening). It would be cool to assign a singular activity to a class knowing they were all completing the same activity with the same parameters (microphone active, listening enabled, etc.)
Being able to assign the "Progress Quiz" could be a cool benchmark that could be completed during a single class.
Yes, I do agree that that feature would be a cool addition. One thing I would note is that Duolingo recommends to project the Classroom Practice onto a whiteboard, screen, etc, and then call out on kids individually to come up and answer the question, or to tell the teacher what to write. Good luck teaching :)
The Progress Quiz that is in the lingot store is a bad idea because it tests you on the whole tree, not just the part of it that you've covered. But if you really want to, you can make them take it and compare scores. You just have to warn them of this fact. You could make them take it once a month. That way, they would've had time to get enough lingots.
Still, the progress quiz should be a reflection of the information learned from Duolingo. It would be an interesting benchmark. If a student's progress indicates that they've covered a significant portion of the tree, but they receive a hugely disproportionate score, might that not indicate they either didn't absorb the information or found some way to circumvent the system?
Yes, it is a good indicator of how much one knows. I said that it is a bad idea only because students may be discouraged when they find things they haven't at all seen. But it is fine if that is not a problem.
And yes, you are right. A below average score would mean they haven't studied enough and a very far above average score would be indicative of cheating (using google translate for eg.) or of a more advanced understanding of the language. Note that this is assuming that most roughly have very similar knowledge of the language, and also that most do not cheat.
A good way to figure out an appropriate score would be for you (the teacher) to also take the test and only answer things you know they will. Do this a few times and take an average if you want a good value.