By Jemima Morrow | Published: 27th September 2021
It’s safe to say that in recent years TikTok has taken over the social media arena. It was the new kid on the block not too long ago but it’s proved its worth and is firmly here to stay. TikTok is associated with a wide ranging variety of content and so much of it involves learning and education, something that we embrace and encourage at all levels! It felt only natural that we share our thoughts about Learning on TikTok…
In June 2020, TikTok announced the launch of their new hashtag, #LearnOnTikTok, dedicated to the long-term roll out of learning content on the dynamic platform.
They released a statement saying “We want people to turn to TikTok not just for entertainment, but to learn something new, to acquire a new skill, or simply get inspired to do something they’ve never done before” and consequently plunged $15 million of investment into launching their new hashtag across Europe. Additionally, TikTok announced that they would be collaborating with educators on the platform to inspire and spread knowledge. This has included partnering with a multitude of educational institutions, non-profit organisations and individual educators.
Our Favourite TikTok Accounts for Learning
The amount of TikTokkers who provide educational content is staggering, so we’ve selected a few of our favourites to give you an insight into the wide range of learning material available...
@cambridgeuniversity: Featuring videos from a variety of professors who share content on everything from genealogy, mental health and zoology. The channel also focuses on content from students sharing interview tips and information about student life on campus.
@mathswithmisschang: A mathematics teacher from London providing clear and precise video demonstrations of how to solve various math problems. A brilliant aide for everyone from students needing some assistance to complete their homework to adults brushing up on their long division skills.
@cleoabram: A video producer at Vox who has worked for the organisation’s Netflix show Explained, hosted and produced Vox’s YouTube show Glad You Asked, and the host of Vox’s first daily show named Answered. Her videos decode technology and economics, revealing how systems work and highlighting the wonder of the world we’ve built.
@drjuliesmith: A Clinical Psychologist who creates videos to help watchers manage their mental health. Her passion stems from wanting to make mental health education accessible online, so that those who can’t access therapy can make a headstart on their recovery!
@billnye: Bill, popularly known as Bill Nye The Science Guy, is an engaging mechanical engineer, television presenter and scientist. He creates content focused on fun scientific facts and experiments, aiming to make science fun for kids and adults alike.
@notoriouscree: James Jones is an indiginous man who has taken to TikTok to teach viewers about Native American history and culture. He’s an important representative for spreading knowledge about indiginous populations, featuring a lot of fun facts alongside harrowing truths about colonization.
The Future of Learning On TikTok
We believe that the movement of educating via TikTok will only continue to grow. TikTok has the perfect format to showcase fast and effective tutorials, information snippets and tips. Of all the social media platforms available, TikTok is the most powerful tool for this kind of quick and easy learning. We look forward to seeing the further development of education on the popular platform!