Academics flip to TikTok, YouTube to assist college students
Norlida Muhd Pisol in Perlis uses her TikTok account to arouse the interest of her students. (Bernama picture)
KUALA LUMPUR: The use of social media such as TikTok, Instagram and YouTube by young people in their daily lives has inspired two teachers to use these tools while conducting the teaching and learning program at home.
These tools also prevent students from becoming easily bored and unable to bend their limbs while attending meetings through applications such as Google Meet, Telegram, and Zoom Meeting. All they have to do is sit, listen, and occasionally pause when they are taught not to understand something.
As of last week, Norlida Muhd Pisol, 37, a teacher at SMK Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen in Kangar, Perlis, decided to use the TikTok application as one of the media for teaching her history class.
“Since many of my students like to use TikTok, I came up with the idea of using this application as a teaching medium. In short, we have to raise the teenagers the way they prefer, ”she said.
Norlida, who has been an educator for 15 years, said this method of learning was not only easy but also fun, and even the students loved it, for example suggesting how to choose songs to make home schooling more lively.
Feedback from students is that the application is easy to use as it doesn’t require large amounts of data to access the internet compared to other social media applications.
Norlida spent approximately RM 2,000 of her money buying appliances and studio equipment and decorating three mini studios in her home so students would not get bored watching TikTok.
“I did all of this with just one intention – so that the students wouldn’t be left behind in class because for me the subject (history) has to be taught every day so that they don’t forget it,” she said.
She is proud of her TikTok account, Cikguida @ ZINSygSakura, which is shared not only by her students, but also by some students from other schools who are interested in the way she teaches.
One of her students, Nor Arifah Alyaa Mohamad Asri, 16, said she was excited to learn history through TikTok because it was fun and the historical facts were easier to understand and remember.
“Before I was less interested in history, but when Cikgu Norlida did it on TikTok, it piqued my interest in the subject. I can also play the entire video with questions and answers according to the chapters, ”she added.
Emily Syafirah Zamrod in Kedah teaches English through YouTube.
Meanwhile, the English teacher Emily Syafirah Zamrod (44), who teaches at a secondary school in Alor Setar, Kedah, took the initiative to create “English made possible with teacher Em” on YouTube in order to make learning more interesting.
The Department of Education’s PdPR home schooling program uses applications like Google Classroom to interact with students directly. However, sometimes teachers have no control over the students and they (students) can leave the session at any time.
“To get the students interested, I took the initiative to create a YouTube channel by producing videos on the English topic,” she said.
According to her, she can record related videos through YouTube so that students can watch them anytime, anywhere if they have internet access.
She was also pleased when the video was shared by students and teachers from other schools, and to date her YouTube videos have over 2,200 subscribers with 72,000 views.
Regarding the effectiveness of her videos in improving students’ understanding, Emily Syafirah said there are some students who said they could write a good summary in English and answer any questions on exams after watching the videos.
After the positive feedback, she is determined to increase the number of videos on her YouTube channel and to further increase the creativity of the presentation in order to become more interesting, understandable and above all not boring.