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Hello, educators. This week, we're taking a look at a great new application called Duolingo. Now, even if you're not a language teacher, I highly recommend that you stick out this teacher tip, and listen to how this Duolingo app might be beneficial to your students, regardless of what subject you teach. Duolingo has a really great system of walking students through the process of learning a new language. Students get to not only interact with what they hear and see, but they even get a speak to the application, and get feedback on how well they're doing. As students learn a new language not only does it better their English skills as they make comparisons, between their own language and the language that they're learning, but it also makes them better writers.
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Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo

Hello, educators. This week, we're taking a look at a great new application called Duolingo. Now, even if you're not a language teacher, I highly recommend that you stick out this teacher tip, and listen to how this Duolingo app might be beneficial to your students, regardless of what subject you teach. Duolingo has a really great system of walking students through the process of learning a new language. Students get to not only interact with what they hear and see, but they even get a speak to the application, and get feedback on how well they're doing. As students learn a new language not only does it better their English skills as they make comparisons, between their own language and the language that they're learning, but it also makes them better writers.

This application can reduce students to new ideas about cultures, and overall that helps students have a feeling of accomplishment as their working throughout the class. Inevitably in education there's going to be downtime, whether a student finishes an assignment early, or if you're working with a smaller group of students and the rest of the class is waiting for you to move on. Having Duolingo installed on classroom iPads, gives students something they can tangibly do while waiting for you, the instructor, to move forward. And best of all Duolingo is very interactive. It creates badges and recognizes students when they do good work.

It also helps students track their day to day progress, so they're moving towards their goal. In this video, we're going to go ahead and explore the Duolingo application. Here, I've created a really basic course to learn French. All I had to do was sign up for the application, tell Duolingo what language I wanted to learn, and it automatically created this course for me. I have also told Duolingo that my goal is to spend ten minutes a day to learning French. It's going to help me track that, and give me visual reporting of whether or not I'm going to meet my goal. When I click on the particular course, it takes me to a variety of lessons, and you can see how the lessons are grouped together.

The first eight lessons create basis skills. If students are already familiar with the language they can actually scroll down, past the first eight lessons and choose to test out of those first eight skills. You can also see as I scroll throughout that this is a variety of lessons students can move through. If students complete an entire course their going to be well along their way of learning language. When I find the lesson that I'm ready to start at, it will be colored. Right now I'm in the basics category, and have only completed one of the four steps in this category. When I click on the icon, it'll bring me to the exact part that I'm at, which is lesson two of four.

It gives me an overview of what I'm learning. When I click the start button, it will start walking me through this particular lesson. Now because I've already completed lesson one, some of the foundational knowledge has been given to me. I can click on the speaker icon, to hear the sentence spoken to me. >> Just release. >> And now it's going to ask students to type in their response. If they get it correct, they'll be automatically it's correct and their allowed to continue. If they get it incorrect, they'll be given a second chance to try the problem again. As I move through the application, there's a variety of activities it's going to ask me to do.

Some are going to be translating by clicking buttons, some will be typing. Some of the activities will actually ask me to practice my language by speaking to the iPad in the language that I'm learning. You'll notice at the top of the application, it's also going to track the students progress through this particular area. If for some reason students are not ready to complete the task, they can always quit out of it and come back to it another time. This makes Duolingo a great application to make sure that students are constantly engaged in higher order thinking even when there's down time in your classroom.

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