Duolingo: Free Language Learning Online!

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https://www.duolingo.com

What is it? Duolingo is a program that helps individuals learn languages. It’s completely free and is offered as a website or as an application on digital devices.
What kind of resources are offered?  There are various modules to help aid individuals in language learning. In addition, Duolingo has free podcasts available for users to listen to. Duolingo also has a feature called Duolingo for Schools where teachers can create a dashboard and create assignments for students. Teachers simply give students the access code and will be able to access the assignments. Teachers can easily track the progress of their students. Duolingo for Schools can be accessed through duolingo. The site will simply walk through the steps on how to access resources to be used in the classroom. 
Who can this benefit?  Anyone who is interested in learning a language could benefit greatly from Duolingo.  In addition, this resource could assist foreign language educators. With increasing language immersion programs, this tool could help aid learning in those specific environments as well. 
How to use it?
1.  Download Duolingo on device or go to duolingo.com to access the website. 2.  Select Get Started3.  Select which language you want to learn. 4.  Select the purpose for learning. 5.  Set a daily goal for language practice 6.  Start at the basics or take a placement test 7.  Participate in language plan Duolingo has customized for you based on the answers given in steps 2-4. 8.  Create a free account if you want to save your progress. 

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State