TikTok is a social networking platform, launched in 2016 by Chinese company ByteDance, that allows users to create and share short videos accompanied by music. The app has become the most influential social network in the world in a short time, especially among 12-18 year olds.
We are also seeing, more and more teachers, whether they are content creators or just users, using the TikTok platform on a daily basis in their classrooms for educational purposes.
How does it work?
In this video from Labo des Réseaux, which offers guides and tutorials for social networking, you'll learn how to do a photo edit, how to do a video edit and how to do a photo and video edit on TikTok.
For what uses?
- Dimitri Bongers
A teacher of French as a foreign language in Belgium and an expert in digital tools, Dimitri Bongers proposed in a "Special Collaboration" article for L'École branchée, a guide for using TikTok in the language classroom with six lesson ideas. For the author, despite justified skepticism, TikTok can offer interesting didactic avenues, particularly in terms of interactivity, creativity and adding playful elements to lessons.
Physicist and professor at Paris-Saclay University, Julien Bobroff has tested several ways to popularize in less than a minute since he's been on TikTok ( Telling a fun fact, Doing a good experiment live, Explaining a scientific concept, etc.). He actually proposed a small thread on Twitter, in order to present them and make a "nice" base of examples for those who would like to start.
A math teacher at Louis Arnand College in Nancy, Estelle Kolar aka @wonderwomath accumulates more than 360,000 followers on TikTok. For his part, Yann Bouvier high school history teacher, aka @yanntoutcourt meanwhile accumulates 540,000 subscribers on the same platform.
In an article for EdTechActu, they both explain the reasons behind the runaway success of their educational videos. The last part of the article is also very interesting, as they address the question of the "real" pedagogical added value of using TikTok in light of their respective experiences.
Pedagogical Services Coordinator at L'École branchée, Alexandra Coutlée aka La geek de service offers a very interesting article on the Espaceprof blog where she shares her amazement at seeing videos that help her daily in her professional development.
Always on the lookout for new pedagogical developments (I recommend her podcast, by the way), she particularly enjoyed, she writes, seeing young students share their tips and technological discoveries (voice dictation to take notes, sites to easily do video editing, keyboard shortcuts, etc.). She also carefully watched videos of teachers sharing their classroom management tips (playful attendance, methods for organizing materials, etc.).
I have to admit, at first I was quite skeptical about the educational potential of using TikTok. In this continuous hubbub of silly videos, I really had trouble seeing any interest in it. And then... in the course of my monitoring, I "stumbled" on various articles relaying the extraordinary creativity of teachers on TikTok, but also on an interview with Cassiopée Henaff during the Ludovia#BE of 2021 entitled "Insta and TikTok at the service of learning" which finished convincing me that I was wrong.
TikTok, in addition to engaging young people, ultimately proves to be an excellent space for creativity in the service of learning when the platform is hijacked for educational purposes.
Despite everything, and it is Cassiopée Henaff who reminds us very well, we should not believe that we are going to replace our course by a course on TikTok. As for Yann Bouvier, he also rightly reminds us that education requires direct contact, time and remediation.
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