Webinar MeLCi Lab with Professor Luís Pereira
Watching videos on TitkTok for fun and for media literacy (critical) skills
TikTok is the world's leading destination for short-form mobile video. Better known for the dance moves, the platform has also other type of content. Many times, perceived as somehow childish, the popularity of this platform is attracting curiosity from different stakeholders to understand its potential, namely for education.
Every time a new media or platform gains visibility, some educators tend to focus on their learning opportunities. TV, videogames or social media are examples of the attempt to use their popularity to embed educational content or to use it as a pedagogical tool. Could TikTok be a good vehicle to effectively promote media literacy critical skills? Or is it just a new fleeting trend?
In November 2020, the Singaporean Media Literacy Council launched a new #thinkb4youdo hashtag challenge with TikTok to promote a positive online environment for its users. There are other similar initiatives to create awareness about misinformation, for instance.
In this presentation, we will look at examples of videos and channels and how this can be a quite resourceful learning tool. Not forgetting, one of the key dimension of media literacy, besides accessing and understanding, is creating, in this case digital media content/artefacts.