Ever since the lockdown, shooting dance choreographies and meme reactions on TikTok has become the new cool thing. From famous people to your neighbor, everyone is in the TikTok craze; however, this might be holding you back from another side of the TikTok community.
A number of Math teachers are trying to do something else altogether by sharing exciting and fun math learning videos for students all around.
Math educators unite!
There are numerous pages with a growing number of views. Josh Martin's page, who is studying Physics and Math at the State University of New York, is one of them.
His teaching journey started in 2018 when he started a YouTube channel to help other students understand the Math classes, and in December 2019, he decided to try out TikTok, where he gained a massive audience of 336,000 followers. His videos currently have three million likes.
Martin says, “I’ve been able to help millions of students and it’s just been crazy to see.” Business Insider reports.
Teachers from all around are opening TikTok accounts and thinking of ways to engage students more.
Their efforts seem to be inspiring other teachers too. Jeff Shih, a Mathematics education professor at the University of Nevada, told Insider he was inspired by that one video where one TikToker used rice to depict Jeff Bezos' wealth.
TikToker Humphrey Yang, who is behind the rice videos, is making videos to educate people on personal finance.
Shih said, "That [rice video] actually got us talking in my elementary math methods class about different ways to engage. There are so many larger issues about inequity and access and it seems like a way that we can use a platform that kids are already participating in."
Moreover, he thinks that TikTok's 15 seconds to a minute-long video format is easily digestible and can get students thinking by entertaining them.
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COVID-19 increased the viewership
The TikTokers report that their videos saw a peak after the pandemic. This is understandable since students are turning to online classes on their problems. Students are using YouTube and TikTok videos to further their learning even more than before.
The teacher TikTokers are guiding the students to their YouTube channels, where they have longer videos on the subjects.
Moreover, In Alexis Loveraz's case, who is a junior at Harlem Prep High School in New York, he is offering study groups online on Google Classroom. 2,000 students and more are using his algebra, chemistry, and physics programs to make their remote study more efficient.
#mathematics page has 166 million views
Mathematics seems to be “in” more than ever, and these videos explaining algebra equations, graphing, finance and SAT problems are attracting students from all over.
Currently, the #mathematics page has 166 million, and the #algebra page has 48.5 million views. That’s a lot of people using their time to enjoy Mathematics!