In the section on learning management platforms (those used for connections, for example, or teaching at a distance) the queen is Google Classroom: “it went from 40 million users in 2019 to 150 million (among students, teachers and administrators) in 2020 ”, says the report. He adds: “this increase is largely due to the fact that many schools were forced to continue classes partially or totally virtually during the pandemic.” The increase in the use of apps throughout 2020 was 54%. “Spain stands out as the country in which the use of this type of applications has increased the most during the pandemic and in which children have spent the most time connected at home,” the study indicates.
Spain, the country in which children have been connected the longest at home
Google Classroom occupies that first place, followed in Spain by Edmodo, BlinkLearning, EdPuzzle, Aula Virtual 3 Santillana and SM Savia (from Educamos). It should be borne in mind that Galicia also has its own Virtual Classroom platform (provided by the Autonomous Administration itself), used by many educational centers.
To use Classroom, for example, you log in to your computer or mobile device, and then you sign up for classes. Thus, you can receive work from the teacher and communicate with your classmates. Normally, class is entered through a link sent by the teacher. And this has been the work dynamic during confinement and, on many occasions, it has also remained after it.
Duolingo, top notch
As for the most popular educational apps in 2020, the ranking is mainly made up of language, math and question and answer apps. In the lead: Duolingo, the most popular in Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and globally. In the Spanish context, according to Qustodio, Photomath, Kahoot !, WordrReference Dictionary, Smartick-learn math or Quizlet follow.
For example, Khan Academy, with content on mathematics or science, is widely used in the United States and globally, but less in Spain. Something similar happens with IXL, a favorite in the United Kingdom, the study points out.
What time of day were they used the most? The 2020 lockdown saw the largest growth in app usage. The time of greatest use was between ten and eleven in the morning, although the children continued to use them throughout the school day.
YouTube Kids, the queen of online videos for children
YouTube remains, according to this study, the undisputed queen of the most popular online video apps with kids. “It practically doubles the popularity of its closest rival: Netflix,” says the report. On the other hand, Twitch has experienced continuous growth in all markets, and especially in Spain, where its popularity has soared 150%. Children spend 50% more time watching videos on YouTube Kids than on Disney Plus.
In terms of app blocking by parents, YouTube Kids is the one that blocks the least, even though it tops the list of most used online video apps: with an average of 68 minutes a day.
Learn English with multiple choice questions through ‘Kahoot!’
It is like a test in digital version. From a few questions the students must choose, among several options, the correct answer via computer or mobile device. At the end, the score obtained by each student comes out. It is about learning or reviewing what has been learned, rather, playing, which implies an extra motivation for the students. This is how Kahoot!
This application is the result of a project carried out by Johan Brand, Jamie Booker, Morten Versvik and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2013 and in recent years it has become one more tool in many schools. It helps a more attractive presentation of the contents for the students and adds the plus of the score when they hit or miss questions, something very common in the digital life of young people, with which they are very accustomed. In addition, a response time is established, so that all students who participate in the contest adhere to that time for each question. At the Vila do Arenteiro de O Carballiño Plurilingual CPR, among other centers that use it in Galicia, they try Kahoot and other applications to learn “by playing” and / or reviewing the topics of various subjects. It happens, for example, to practice English.