Duolingo: Learning Languages

Duolingo is a free online service to help people around the learn languages for free. The way the organisation makes money is through having professional documents translated by the community. This means that the user isn’t given a limited service, or distracted with adverts, and even the money making side of the site benifits it’s users by giving them practicing translating text. This site is the best site for learning languages for free, and it has been developed to be used in schools, much like my service.

Teachers require special tools to keep track of their students, I have studied the tools available to teachers on Duolingo as part of my research. Below is what I have discovered.

To begin with teachers need to get the student to join their classroom

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They provide multiple wayts to get the students setup. They even include this downloadable printout for the students

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 15.22.23.pngOn this page the teacher has the ability to track the students in their class and the lessons completed;

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The teacher has the ability to create assignments for their studentsscreen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-05-01

and how the assignments are to be acheived, should it be by collecting points in their own chosen topic, or should it be something specified by the teacher?screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-05-11

If the points are selected then the point to be acheived are selected.screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-05-17

Due dates for the tasks, and start dates if the teacher wants to plan out a semester.screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-05-31and if the teacher prefers to set a specific task, screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-05-49screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-06-07

Suggestions for classes the students can be given by their teacher;screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-07-00

and even classroom tasks;screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-07-13screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-07-29screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-13-08-58

Tracking the students is possible by allowing the teacher to see what assignments they’ve completed

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and then the specifics of that assignment

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It is worth noting that the teacher holds the privacy options of the students when setting up the accounts. (I believe the user/student has the right to change these themselves if they want at a later stage);

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THINGS I HAVE LEARNT:

My project should allow teachers to;

– view all students progress

– track what they’ve learnt

– Identify interests of the students

– Identify interest in common of certain students

specify homework via;

– Points collected (If selected gives user lots of freedom to explore)

– Specific tasks

– Lock accounts to specific tasks by teachers until they are completed

 – Use Premade lessons that;

– Are split up into subjects

– After learning tests (Automatic marking – saves on teachers work)

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Brainstorming the idea further

My original brainstorm for this project looked like this;

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While it allowed me get my ideas down, they developed a lot in this stage, I worked from this brainstorm initially but I managed to work out a list for my proposal. I developed this list to understand what each section should offer it’s users, this is the comprehensive list below.

 

LANGUAGE LESSONS

Basics are taught

Linked with Duolingo (Language learning website)

Pictures linked with foreign words (Image based learning)

Flags to link the language with the countries speaking the language

 

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Politics/Politicians

Kings/Queens

Respectable people

Cultural keypoints (Romans etc)

 

MULTI-CHOICE QUIZ (Increase level of difficulty)

Language

Food

Stereotypes

History

Basic maths

Geography (Capital city)

Events

Music

 

KEY LOCATIONS

Capital city

Key tourist spots

Historical spots

 

GEOGRAPHY

Pictures

Year round average weather forecast

Location types (Weather/Terrain)

Location on map – Star on capital

Yearly events (Oktoberfest)

 

CHATS

Student to student

Teacher to teacher

Share flags

Swap accessories for frogs

Send digital postcards

Customised digital postcards can be customised with;

– Artwork from famous artists

– Artwork which is user submitted

– Stickers of frog, flag and accessories

– User draw content

– Location data (Of where the postcard is being sent from)

 

MAKING FRIENDS

Random selected user

Pick user from criteria (Language, gender and age)

Don’t add friends but follow them

See their profile

Send message

 

PROFILE

Pictures

Name

Age

Gender

Location and country flag

Character (Frog with customisations)

Liked locations

Points

Quizzes taken

Posted content

Friends

Music?

List of friends

Report user

 

COOKBOOK

Food from around the world

Organised by country>dishes

Search

 

GALLERY

User uploads

Famous arts

Food

Places

With store items

With other users

 

STORE ITEMS

Beanie toys

Colouring books

Nightlights

Plasters

Posters

Colouring book

Activity book

Sticker book

Apparel

Board games (Mattel)

Phone cases

cushions

Mobile app game

Pencil case

Schoolbag

 

TEACHER ACCOUNTS

Profile

Set tasks (eg, certain quiz)

Share content

Mass creation of users

Grouping users

Assigning other teachers to groups

Tracking student progress

Teacher chat

School Pairing

 

HELP SECTIONS

Video tutorials

Feedback for faults

 

THINGS REQUIRING FURTHER THOUGHT;

Sharing something with a friend or teacher

Ratings of users improving with engagement