So. Because it was for class purposes, I now have a TikTok account. This is not something that I thought I would be getting anytime soon, however, upon planning my learning project, I decided this would be an appropriate social media tool to help get me started since TikTok has many crochet tutorials under hashtags such as #crochettutorial #crochetforbeginners and my personal favourite, #crochetlefthand.

I found the results overwhelming, complete choice paralysis! Below are some screenshots of my initial searches after downloading the app for the first time.

(these were the results when I searched #crochettutorial)
(These were the results that appeared when I search crochet left hand, which provided many different hashtags with it)

I am undecided if I will actually be using TikTok to assist me with my crochet learning plan. I honestly think I’ll feel more comfortable with a more familiar platform, like YouTube, to search up tutorials. At least initially this week as I am getting started. I intend to revisit TikTok for inspiration or if I’m feeling more comfortable with my crochet skills/adventurous.

I am also keeping in mind that I could try using TikTok to make some progress videos… So we might try that eventually. I am planning to use Instagram reels first, and we’ll see where things go from there.

I also noticed this morning, checking my Feedly, that I was not alone in my choice to start a TikTok account! I read Chris’, Leigh’s, and Megan’s posts on their TikTok ventures. I agreed with Megan that the learning opportunities for new skills are endless, especially recipes, which I am interested in as well! Megan also mentioned the problematic “challenges” posted on TikTok, which I also find very troubling. I work with many impressionable youth and know that they are seeing these challenges and are not fully capable to process the possible dangers of trying out these challenges. I also read the article that Leigh tweeted about using TikTok in the classroom, the benefits educators found, especially when adapting to online learning during the pandemic.

I also discussed TikTok with my stepsister, who is a grade 9 student, about her TikTok experience. She spends a large amount of time on TikTok, and explained to me the allures of the app, all of the different content, and how the more you watch, the more the app figures out what you like. The content is more your preference, so you watch more, because everything is tailored to you. She also explained that sometimes you might see things that make you feel uncomfortable, violent or overtly “creepy” (read: sexual in teen speak) videos, and she explained that you need to swipe by them in a certain way, from what I understood, quickly(?) to ensure the algorithm doesn’t think that you would want to see more of these videos.


My stepsister is quite intelligent for her age, and is understanding how this app works, how it tracks her usage and tailors it to her, and is wary of making sure this app does not get the “wrong idea” about what she wants to see.

What about other kids who are younger users/not as savvy online/more impressionable with seeing this questionable content? I mean, some of these videos are described as looking at a car crash, you cannot look away! So then the app thinks you want more of this content, and keeps feeding it to you? Oy. This knowledge makes me nervous.

Does anyone else know more about this than me? I am hoping some of you can fill me in here, as I only have a little bit of information to go off of. I don’t want to spread misinformation either.

I just wanna sit and crochet… and not deal with the scary TikTok world out there…

2 Replies to “tiktoking.”

  1. Jocelyn Wigmore says: Reply

    I love that you have already found a way to tie this into your learning project. I do think Tik Tok will be helpful in that manner especially with videos. I know I will be using Pinterest to help me tackle my project in a similar way. Tik tok can become a place to get sucked in to video after video but it can also be very educational with the right hashtag search.

  2. It’s so neat to see how many people were thinking of trying the same thing out. I also appreciate how you have found a way to incorporate this social media platform into your teaching already! That’s incredible! Putting your learning to action so quickly is amazing to see, and is something I feel I could be better at. I love Pinterest, and use it a ton! I have to say though, it is a social media platform that I often get lost in. Maybe it’s because of the real-life content and more focused on things rather than people, but I can’t truly say why I feel so differently about it I guess. I can see where TikTok can be educational, and how student buy-in could be exponential. However, right now I don’t feel like it is the right time for me to explore this too heavily, as I know I would get sucked into watching video after video about things that don’t pertain to what I am doing and thus be behind the 8 ball even more. I do have to say though that I will probably use the tool for my Digital Learning Project, without signing up for an account though (maybe less evidence on my part).

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