When I was teaching full-time high school French, I would give students bonus points on tests according to how many lessons they had in hold on Duolingo – one point or half a point for every golden egg, depending on the test type. You might think it absurd to offer open bonus points like that. However, I wanted the kids to do more Duolingo, and the kids who did 15 bonus points worth of Duolingo would earn a 98-100 on their tests without the bonus points. So, the bonus points were irrelevant after the first couple, anyway (they couldn’t receive over a 100%, you see). The kids who had no Duolingo bonus points were the ones who would have gotten a whole different letter grade if they’d had bonus points to use. But, because they weren’t doing Duolingo, they neither had bonus points nor succeeded fully on the tests in the first place.
I recall this tonight, because Duolingo now has a VIP Streak Club. It is for users who have a streak of over 365 days. I’m on day 718 right now of doing it every night before bed, though the club has only existed about thirty days or so. So, I’m in this club, right? Right. What did they announce to me yesterday? That one of the several little perquisites of being in this club is that we get a complimentary three-day streak freeze, which loads on top of the standard two-day streak freeze… so, I, someone who likely never uses a streak freeze, since I have a clearly-established routine of doing a lesson every single day (for almost two years now), now can ‘forget’ to do a lesson five days in a row… as though I even could forget. 😛 Irony, baby.
Also, I have a fun new icon because of the streak society(!!!).
(Almost got that year wrong again!! Going back in time!)