How to use electronic devices for learning: cooperative games for teens


Technology, when used well, can be very useful and positive, even in adolescence. In this article, we present a list of digital tools and educational platforms that promote collaborative learning among teenagers, offering beneficial resources for their academic and social development.

Tools to use in the classroom

  1. Kahoot! is a digital app that allows you to create online multiple-choice quizzes. The game-like format and instant feedback make students feel more engaged and excited about learning, which can lead to greater information retention. It also encourages collaborative work while developing communication skills .
  2. Footprint is based on the escape room game , especially suitable for ages 16 and up. The objective is to cooperatively escape from a scenario in the shortest time possible. In this way, it allows the development of teamwork skills and healthy competition, as well as teaching the importance of collaboration in environmental sustainability due to the very nature of the subject. In addition, it reinforces learning through reflection, allowing students to internalize the concepts and apply them beyond the context of the game .
  3. Quizlet , on the other hand, is an online educational platform that allows students to create, share, and study sets of flashcards . This app allows them to tailor learning to their specific needs, using different study modes that fit their pace and learning style.
  4. Anki focuses on spaced repetition, a proven technique for improving long-term retention , also through flashcards. This helps improve information retention and memorization of key concepts, like Quizlet.
  5. Educaplay is an online platform where students work on interactive educational activities created collaboratively by teachers . Its features include the creation of crossword puzzles, maps, memory games, word searches and more.
  6. Geogebra is a dynamic mathematics platform that integrates geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphics, statistics and calculus. It is widely used in education to facilitate interactive and visual learning of mathematical concepts. Its benefits include collaborative learning for solving logical-mathematical problems.

Tools to use at home

In addition, in their free time, students can also work on these tools:

  1. EDPuzzle allows you to create interactive videos that students must demonstrate their understanding of through dynamic responses . This allows them to interact with the content at their own pace, promoting deeper and more personalized learning . In addition, the content is customizable, so it can be adjusted to their level of understanding of the topic.
  2. Vedoque is an interactive educational gaming platform designed for children in early childhood and primary education . Vedoque games cover various areas of knowledge, such as mathematics, language, logic and basic computer skills, presenting the content in a fun and accessible way . In this way, children acquire knowledge and skills without feeling the pressure of a traditional learning environment. It is a tool that allows digital competence to be improved in a comprehensive way.
  3. Educanave , on the other hand, is an online learning tool that offers interactive and multimedia educational resources for students of all ages . It is designed to complement the home school curriculum and support teachers in teaching various subjects. Among its benefits is that it facilitates visual and practical learning, keeping students motivated and engaged , while offering flexibility in learning and is useful for both classroom education and remote learning.
  4. Hellotalk is a language learning platform that facilitates language practice through direct interaction with native speakers around the world . Its benefits include that this direct interaction helps improve listening comprehension, conversational fluency, and familiarity with authentic idioms and cultural expressions . Additionally, users can receive quick feedback and grammar corrections from native speakers while typing messages or having conversations. On the other hand, working on reading and speaking comprehension can help enhance basic communication skills. Hellotalk users are native speakers of various languages ​​who register on the platform for the purpose of exchanging linguistic knowledge. They can be language learners, professionals, or anyone interested in learning and teaching their native language to others. Hellotalk implements several security measures to ensure a safe experience for its users, such as profile verification, reports and blocks, privacy and moderation policy, and search filters.

These apps are highly recommended for teenagers. However, it is essential that they learn to moderate their use and know how to combine them with other types of outdoor analogue activities.

In addition, during the youth stage it is necessary to promote in-person interaction, developing socio-emotional skills as they learn to make friends. This is how a balance is achieved between digital learning and social skills.

Author Bio: Beatriz Pena Acuna is Professor of Didactics at the University of Huelva