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When students create their first course in Duolingo, they have the opportunity to set a daily goal of how many experience points they want to earn per day. From the main course page, if you click Edit, you can now click to edit the goal. This particular course has a goal of 20 experience points per day. If I'd like to, I could reduce or increase the number of experience points that I'd like to achieve each day. I can see currently that I have 28 experience points and that I'm on a 1 day streak. Meaning that for 1 days in a row, I've accomplished my goal of 20 experience points. If you turn on notifications for Duolingo in the main settings of the iPad, students will also be notified whether they're behind or ahead of their goal on a daily basis.
When students are accessing the course, besides moving through the basic lessons, they also have the opportunity to practice with friends in the classroom. Clicking the Practice button brings up 3 different options. They can play against someone else in the class that's doing the same course. So for example, them as well as another student that's learning French could have a competition. They can play robot where their answering questions about the material that they're learning and the responses are timed, as well as in competition with the robot they're playing against. You also have the opportunity to practice by yourself. Practice is going to allow you to bring up a verity of questions from all of the content that that particular student is learning.
All three of these areas will also give you experience points, which will add towards your daily goal. One thing to keep in mind, is because students are tracking their progress on a daily basis, even though you may be using Duolingo just for down time in class, I highly recommend that you take the time to build in at least 10 minutes a day for students to practice their own language skills.
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