Getting into TikTok has been a slow moving process. I cannot stick a pin in the exact reason of my hesitancy towards the app, but I have some ideas…
- preconceived thought that TikTok is for young people;
- another excuse to be engaged with my phone – I am not actually looking for more reasons;
- not really interested in creating content, which limits the function of the app;
- the lack of digital literacy instruction in the classroom (so far) making me question how serious I am about actually using it as a learning tool;
Reasons cast aside, I have entered the world of TikTok under the front of @mrmihalicz. My activity has primarily been in the form of consuming content. Again, I am not too keen on putting myself out there in the way that I see producers.
Pessimist in Me
I definitely think student preferences would be something to be cognizant of regarding students. Just like the “shy” or introverted students may not like group work or presentations in person, there could be something very frightening to students about using TikTok, even if for educational purposes. Even the idea that independently looking at specific things associated with learning/school sounds like a great idea, but that brings us back to the question – how media literate are these students? I also think that having students use the app for educational purposes and only educational purposes could be a bit of a stretch.
I interpret this term to have something to do with hashtags and algorithms. The more you view something, the more it will show up in the “For You” department, and actually make other verticals less likely to be seen. This made me wonder about loyal student TikTokkers – how easy would it be for relevant education-related content to become seen and frequent on their personal feeds? Can the occasional use of TikTok for school purposes infiltrate their algorithms and actually become a gateway for more functional uses of the app? I guess there is only one way to find out. Something else that came to mind as I played around on TikTok was staying on task. After learning a little bit about verticals from @steve_boots and began to pay attention to that when viewing content, I know that I had some difficulty remaining focused on the different verticals I had intended on staying in!
Here are some of the verticals that I have attempted to flood myself with… and some that have been hard to ignore on my feed. It may be more of a tale of professional me v. regular me.
In addition to verticals, there are some content creators that I have really enjoyed finding. Again, as you look at this list, it may be difficult to determine which ones are relevant to my job, and which are just for enjoyment. Hot tip… sometimes they fit both categories (and that’s when I knew I was old).
- Howie Hua – math guy
- Sasky product and educator legend Steve Boots
- Zhaawnong Webb, excellent contributor of #indigenoustiktok material\
- EC&I 832 classmates who, unlike me, have posted some stuff Christine, Leah, and Gunpreesh
- Nobody crushes a burger like smokinpattes. Seriously. Indulge once.
- Piano Dad Dan – as much as I love listening to music, my creating abilities are weak. Not this guy!
I think that I have become more aware of what I watch on TikTok and how it influences what I see more of. I am quite proud of myself when I start to follow someone and know how that will affect my verticals!
I have garnered help from several different places over the last couple of months. Outside of class, I want to give a shout out to my Grade 7/8 class who field a few questions a day from me, and the billet who lives with my family. Just the other day he helped show me how to find the original video and how I could duet or stitch with it… I didn’t though. Sure is handy having a 21 year-old living in the basement. Even better, we know he will actually be moving out! Tok on!