Teachers think outside the box, embrace TikTok

MANILA, Philippines – Using modular distance learning methods, radio and television, teachers are now turning to TikTok as an educational platform.

Over the weekend, the Department of Education’s Information and Communications Technology Service-Educational Technology Unit (DepEd) hosted a webinar session for public school teachers on how to use video sharing application for broadcasting educational content.

As part of the distance learning setup adopted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have faced the challenge of developing meaningful connections with their students.

This prompted DepEd to launch the first “TikTok for Education” webinar to enable teachers to teach through the social media platform that has become popular, especially among young people.

“As children are more interested when we talk about social media, they are more encouraged to watch… so whatever their interest is, we teachers have to pursue it,” said Jeric Torres Casino, a teacher from Nueva Ecija, who organized the event.

“We must keep pace with changing times to meet the demanding expectations of our teaching, especially as we are in the transition from distance learning to distance learning,” he added.

Innovate, Creative, Technical One of the resource people, Mark Anthony Mangiduyos, a 25-year-old teacher from Villarosa Primary School also in Nueva Ecija, shared some of the things to consider for creating better TikTok content.

He said that although people initially see social apps as primarily intended for entertainment, these could also be used to help children with gadgets and an internet connection who are ready for the online learning method. .

“Teachers must become innovative, creative and have a technical mind. We have to adapt to current trends and changes in the teaching-learning process, ”he said.

TikTok allows users to create, watch and share 15 second videos taken on cell phones. As a user himself, Mangiduyos said the app offers personalized feeds of short “quirky” videos.

“The app stands out for its addictive quality and high levels of engagement,” he added.

The popular social media app has more than a billion users, according to the Digital 2021 report from Hootsuite, a social media management platform.

During the webinar, Mangiduyos explained how TikTok works by navigating the app and creating video content.

He also shared ideas on how to create better TikTok content, including using social media challenges such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which started in 2014, and called on attendees to take a video while ‘they pour cold water over their heads.

Aiming to promote amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) awareness and fundraising for research, the challenge became a trend thanks to the participation of many celebrities who posted their videos on Tiktok.

In 2019, independent research organization RTI International reported that the awareness campaign enabled the ALS Association to increase its annual research funding around the world by 187%.

Mangiduyos also recommended creating content through hashtag-based videos, dance videos that demonstrate important values, song imitations, and dialogue reenactments.

Another resource speaker, Lyqa Maravilla (commonly known as Coach Lyqa), shared her ideas on TikTok as an online educational content creator.

According to her, the classroom-based model, where learners are divided into classes that meet regularly in the same place, tends to leave some students behind.

“Our goal is to change this model so that those who are outside [the classroom] and don’t learn for a long time can learn for free, ”she said.

Budget increase for DepEd, SUC

Anticipating the return of face-to-face classes to more schools next year, the Senate Finance Committee has called for increased funding to DepEd as well as state universities and colleges (SUC) as part of the draft budget. national 2022.

Panel chair Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said the budget proposal submitted by the executive made no provision for the preparation and implementation of in-person lessons in public schools, either at the level of basic, secondary or higher.

With the launch last week of the pilot implementation of face-to-face courses in 100 public schools and 20 private schools starting on Monday, Angara said that DepEd and SUC should receive the necessary financial support “in especially in the hope that more schools [would] be allowed to resume classes in the coming months.

As a result, “the committee saw fit to recommend increases in the budgets of DepEd and SUC,” he said.

The additional allowance can be used by school administrators for upgrading classrooms and other facilities to comply with safety standards set by health authorities, Angara said.

These could include changing the layout and ventilation of classrooms, laboratories and other parts of schools as well as COVID-19 testing of teachers and staff to ensure the protection of all, including children. students.

If necessary, Angara said the funds could also be used to purchase supplies and other equipment for the implementation of safety protocols and standards.

“We want to give them a certain degree of flexibility in the use of funds since each institution would have different needs,” he added.

“That is why we have included in the program menu assistance to students, teachers and staff for their transport needs, which includes the purchase of non-motorized means of transport such as bicycles,” said Angara.

—WITH A REPORT FROM DJ YAP

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