This simply amazing app will change the way your students learn a new language. Similar to Rosetta Stone, Duolingo helps students increase their vocabulary and grammar through pictures and audio support. Children follow a multi-step process that covers the basics, including common phrases, foods and animals. Images accompany text to help students make connections and users are held accountable at each level for demonstrating what they have learned. With a quick scan of the screen, it’s easy for teachers and parents to monitor progress and gauge student success. Using an iPad (or iPhone) children can learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or English using Duolingo.
Whether you are implementing a language learning program at your school using iPads, or just want a great app to recommend to families at back to school night, Duolingo is worth checking out!
Here’s how it works: Somebody who needs a webpage translated uploads it to Duolingo. That document then gets presented to Duolingo students who can translate it in order to practice the language they are learning. When the document is fully translated, Duolingo returns it to the original content owner who, depending on the type of document they uploaded, pays for the translation.
With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages.
About the Author:
Monica Burns is a NYC Educator, EdTech Blogger and Apple Distinguished Educator. She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and appoLearning and hosts webinars for SimpleK12 and Accelerated Literacy Learning. Check out her website ClassTechTips.com for technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards and more ways to become a tech-savvy teacher! Check out one of my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for learning new vocabulary!