What's Up with TikTok?
My middle school students introduced me to TikTok this past school year when I noticed that my 6th grade girls were glued to it during recess. Fifteen second videos that you can add music plus filters, stickers, text, and more.
Here's what the Heavy says about TikTok - it's a: "global music and video platform, it was created in 2016 by Chinese internet technology company ByteDance. TikTok is known in China as Douyin. The video-sharing app has 150 million active daily users and the global app has three times that many subscribers. Most of the videos feature lip-syncing, lots of pets especially cats doing fun stuff, lots of pretty girls, many young, and parkour or other thrill-seeking clips among myriad other short clips. When YouTube crashed (last fall), TikTok was quick to swoop in. "
TikTok is also unusual because it has a reaction feature (Video). "See a video you think is funny? Record your reaction with voice and narration and then share it. This feature is an opportunity for users to insert themselves into the videos they like."
Reaction to ‘reactions’ was mixed.
“Only 12 year fangirls liked this video.”
Here's what the app profile looks like - notice my 0 followers & 3 videos LOL I did say I was new at this, right?
Check out this overview from our friends at ABC News Australia
Here's an example that I created on TikTok and shared to Instagram -- so that I can embed it for you - since it doesn't seem that TikTok has that handy feature -see below:
My name on TikTok is @gwyneth_jones and I don't have any followers yet and only 3 posts, but if I waited to share with you the new things that I've already mastered, well ....that could take months or years and then it wouldn't be new anymore! (and I just noticed that I say "here's an example a LOT I'll work on that)
Some interesting TikTok facts
and Social Media channel stats in 2012
Parental Concerns. Try This.
Is #TikTok Safe for Kids?— Gwyneth Jones (@GwynethJones) April 3, 2021
Here’s What Parents Should Know@tiktok_us Parent's Guide from @Panda_Security
The New York Times described TikTok as this new, extraordinarily popular video app is “a
I am still learning more about this app. I like that you can have a public channel (like for my Library & professional use) and I don't have to "friend" people so they can see my content like Snapchat because well....boundaries!
TLDR: TikTok is an app which shares 15 second videos with music, filters, stickers, & more. The is rated 12+ for mild crude humor, sexual content and nudity, drug references, mature themes and fantasy violence. (EEEP!)) The app is free. And fast. If the attention span of 60 min videos available on Instagram are too long, TikTok is there. If the challenge to make short funny/ proactive / silly / music videos like on Vine is missed, TikTok is there. Also, TikTok took quick advantage of the Great YouTube Crash of fall 2018′ to seize the opportunity to land more subscribers.
What do you think? Leave your comments & let me know your thoughts! Thanks for reading!
Here's some resources! Hit me up on TikTok if you have it or Tweet me your thoughts or check out my examples on Instagram.
Resources:What Parents (and Teachers) Should Know About the Tik Tok (Musical.ly) App
37 TikTok Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind [UPDATED 2019]
How to Record a Music Video with TikTok (with Pictures)
How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users | WIRED
A guide to the app TikTok for anyone who isn't a teen.
How TikTok Is Rewriting the World - The New York Times
Tik Tok: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com
Videos:What is TikTok? ABC News Australia (part of my Mobile App presentation) 6 min
Musical ly App is Now Tik Tok App - Parent Guide SmartSocial.com 9min
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Great stuff here!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the information! I appreciate all of the links to outside sources. It is so difficult to stay current on social media platforms as an educator and parent!ReplyDelete
You're very welcome! Thanks for your kind comment!Delete
How can we as educators promote the use of technology like Tiktok in ways where districts will see them as valid learning tools? I would love for my students to create book reviews or quizzes for each other using technology they already know and love, but I think districts are dead set against letting them use it. Any thoughts?ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your comment! I don't see a way for *kids* to use TikTok without parents & districts getting all up in arms. But I think *you* could use it to engage kids & post to Instagram. OR you could use your device with kids to create & you post the results on a professional account.Delete
Remember, kids can't post on these unless they're 13years old. So, it's best to be the "gatekeeper" of the posts. Always follow your district Social Media rules, always get your Admin on the side, and it wouldn't hurt to send home a half-sheet permission slip outlining your instructional purpose. Would love to see what ya'll create!