Product Review of TikTok
TikTok is a hugely popular social media platform that features scrollable short videos. Though it’s primarily known for comedy and dance challenges, the topics of the videos vary widely, and the videos are often highly — and creatively — edited. Educators often create mini-lessons that learners can watch multiple times. And, if learners have accounts, they can provide evidence of learning asynchronously. Learners can also build on an educator’s post using the Duet feature. Because of its popularity, TikTok is a vehicle to meet learners where they already are and deliver content in a familiar format.
Before you use TikTok for instruction, you must familiarize yourself with settings and potential pitfalls. There are ways to turn off comments, and only share posts with learners, so check out Common Sense Media’s Parents’ Ultimate Guide and our review to gather information and consider your school’s social media policies.
Overall User Consensus About the App
No doubt — kids love TikTok. And there’s plenty to explore in terms of educational content and creation. However, the value of those experiences is definitely variable.
Curriculum and Instruction
Cool editing tools and educational content allow for creation and consumption, but quality will vary.
Some accessibility tools and creator tutorials are online, but privacy, security, and safety are all concerns when using TikTok.