Eight Methods for Utilizing TikTok to Be taught |
by Terry Heick
Whether or not you find TikTok useful for learning will likely depend on your grade level and content area, but also your personal philosophy.
In the same way Video game lessons, Lessons with hip-hop could be “controversial”, as could teaching with a superficial, digital distraction.
But when you consider it in its parts (video, social interactions, scalable digital media) and effects (a lot of students love it), it’s not that far. Fast Company even called it the “Future of Education”. While this turns out to be a significant exaggeration, the lessons of video and social interactions and digital media themselves are difficult to dispute as part of this future.
Can you use TikTok in the classroom?
So why should you specifically consider using TikTok to study?
To get started, there is a ‘Joy Of Learning’ campaign that explains, “The joy of learning on TikTok is that the content offers teaching tips and takeaways in a creative format, conveys something useful and inspires users in a The way to look for more information is fun and exciting. Our community has been drawn to videos that highlight unique science experiments, useful life hacks, creative math tricks, easy DIY projects, and motivational messages and advice. With our Creative Learning Fund, we continue to encourage creators and partnerships that support this type of content on the platform. “
Another example of how social video can be used in the classroom is #edutokxcampus, where TikTok explains, “The college events included panel discussions with celebrities and local #EduTok creators to promote the positive use of short video apps like TikTok and . to discuss and educate how #EduTok can give students tips and tricks on education, health, fitness, beauty, motivation and many other categories. The panel discussions looked at how celebrities are effectively using #EduTok to share information across topics, and how platforms like TikTok encourage users to discover their passion and advance careers as digital entrepreneurs. The #EduTokXCampus initiative aims to support independent creators and encourage students to present interesting and innovative educational content. “
Finally, TikTok also has “Digital Wellbeing” and “Family Sharing” features that allow parents (or teachers in certain contexts) to set screen time limits, limit content unsuitable for minors, manage privacy settings, and public or private accounts to put.
Should teachers use TikTok?
Personally not, but only because I’ve indulged too much in his mood and am suspicious of “influencers” (a fair criticism of TikTok and every other social media platform). However, three of my kids do and keep sending me videos that are charming, loving, creative, and funny. As with YouTube, it’s all about the quality of the curation. These videos are short, easy to make, and empower content creators – or those who are ready to work on them anyway.
YouTube is an exceptional teaching resource (something I wrote years ago in How To Make Your Classroom Work Like YouTube), and as a microvideo platform, TikTok is too.
Using TikTok for Educational Purposes
Whenever I present an app that is not COPPA-compliant, is not filtered by district and is based on “standards”, I get criticism of its use for learning and criticism because it is “unsafe” for children. Of course, security, privacy, and data concerns always apply – with TikTok or anything else students use in and out of the classroom. It is (also quite obviously) up to each teacher to decide what is best for their students in their specific context.
That means knowing laws, school and district policies, student and parent concerns, and a dozen other factors. This is part of what makes teaching difficult – especially teaching for and through innovation. Each of the following ideas has a myriad of implied and important caveats and conditions in order for them to be well used for learning. However, it really isn’t as difficult as it seems for most teachers to overcome these obstacles and use this app (and many others) in their classroom.
Below are eight ways to use TikTok in your classroom (or even for home teaching).
1. Have students create their own channel
Having students create a “channel” and create content for it is probably my second favorite idea here (these are not in “My Favorites” order). Go with them to choose a topic, have them choose from a list you create or have them come up with ideas, decide on a basic format for the video, first evaluate the quality of their creation and make adjustments.
You could even simply summarize key insights from your classroom every day or reply to exit slips in video format.
2. Give mini-lessons
An example? @Iamthatenglishteacher uses it to teach grammar and has millions of followers.
You can also use it as a quick review of each day’s class for absent students, or as a home review.
3. Document the learning process
Microvideos work well with digital portfolios – an ongoing collection of learning moments and artifacts from the learning process. So let the students do this themselves.
4. Asynchronous student collaboration
Call and answer, PBL, homework help, short explanatory videos to explain topics / collaboration and more. If there is a way that students need to work together asynchronous learning, a video platform can help. Also consider Ideas for using FlipGrid here as it is much easier to manage this type of collaboration.
5. TikTok for project-based learning
Video and project-based learning spaces could fit together in educational heaven – or at least in #edtech heaven.
Platforms like TikTok can help students identify project ideas, collaborate during the learning process, document this process, or curate and share products or results of their project.
As a philosophy, PBL promotes practical skills, and in this digital age that includes technological literacy as well. Video promises to occupy an important place in today’s classroom by helping students document, analyze, and present what they have learned just as they might one day in an office. TikTok is specially designed to be easy to use and relies on the technical and creative skills of the students. It’s designed for constant engagement (for better or for worse) and that alone makes it a powerful learning resource.
It may come as no surprise, then, that PBL teachers have already started using TikTok in their classrooms, inspiring students in ways that lectures and PowerPoints never could.
According to their support page, with TikTok for Good, TikTok aims to “inspire and encourage a new generation to have a positive impact on the planet and its surroundings. Check out some organizations that have used TikTok to grow their audiences, engage supporters, and raise awareness on specific issues.
7. Explore specific topics
Under “Explore”, students can scroll through specific topics using hashtags. Alternatively, you can create your own hashtag and create a “quality control” collection yourself.
Possible TikTok hashtags for learning are #edutok, #learnontiktok #creativity, #creativityforgood, #edutokxcampus, #bucketlist, #createkindness, #tiktokart, #tiktokphotography, #mathematics, #poetry and #tiktokpoetry.
You can read more about #learnontiktok (whose contributors include Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson) here.
8. How-to videos
With its easy-to-use video editor (it’s almost effortless really), TikTok is perfect for short tutorial videos, whether students are viewing or creating them.