using Duolinguo in the classroom
I am a Spanish teacher and I told my students about Duolinguo. They use it in their free time to learn the language. I wonder how I could use this wonderful tool in de classroom during the Spanish lesson. Is it possible to measure the improvements of my students? Do you have other ideas about how you can use it? I need inspiration
Thanks in advance!
Just make sure your students don't spam the discussion board... That's quite obnoxious.
I suggest avoiding the use of XP, Lingots, or Levels as a grading metric. Raw XP progression might be misleading. I have acquaintances who earn many points each day reviewing easy lessons rather than advancing through the tree. Since levels are XP-based, they are equally misleading.
You can see the language-learning tree of all of your friends. You could inspect how far through each tree your students are. Progressing through the tree and keeping each lesson gold are both indications, I think, of real progression.
I wonder if Duolingo Certificates would be helpful as an assessment tool. I don't know, since I haven't tried them yet.
At any rate, the Duolingo team is very good, and they add new features all the time. If you have great ideas for changes that would help you leverage this tool better in a classroom setting, I'm sure they'll give consideration to them.
Duolingo certificate test is a set of tasks similar to those in lessons. I wouldn't use the scores of these tests to directly assess students. You never know if the mistakes were made by the student or it was some Duolingo mistake (there are quite a lot of them). Also, you can't look through the mistakes to see if they were serious.
Duolingo can be a great add-on to classroom studies, but any scores or progress made on Duolingo should be used with care in assessment of students' progress. I'd recommend holding standard school tests which you are sure of.
Thanks for your answers. But then, to see the language-learning tree from my students I must add them als friends to my facebook acount, right? It would be great if you could login in duolinguo as a teacher and then make a groep with students to see their improvements...
I don't think befriending in Duolingo is the same thing as befriending in Facebook. As for me, I don't even use Facebook, but I have half a dozen-ish friends.
In fact, Duolingo friendships seem to be 1-way. If I added you as a friend, I would show up on your profile as a follower until you also added me as a friend.
Furthermore, I don't think you have to be friends to look at someone's profile. For example, we've never met, but I can visit your profile and see your XP, words known, streak, and progress through your tree.
Even so, I think you have some great ideas. Being able to group friends and followers might be useful when you are conducting a classroom (or multiple classrooms, for that matter). I'm sure the Duolingo team keeps an eye on this forum for good ideas like that.
I advanced through the Spanish tree quickly but I wouldn't recommend it, I do think that xp is a good measure of how much work people have done but unfortunately it stops when you get to max level.