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TikTok Flashcards with a Twist

Learning through a platform that students actually like & remember

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Throughout Covid, more people have downloaded & explored TikTok as a means to pass time, stay entertained and try to understand a new social media platform.  While people like myself have been skeptical about the platform, there's no denying that it's a cultural phenomenon particularly for GenZ.  This short-form repetitive video content accompanied with dances, sound bites and a number of people performing the same thing stick in your memory far more than linear text and images do.  I still remember the Christopher Columbus song & States of America song in 2nd Grade because melodies help you recall information.  

This led me to think of how the platform, or something similar, could be used for focused learning & multi-sensory flashcards for middle school to high school that get them out of text books and off their computer and onto a device they already use a lot and a platform they may be highly familiar with.  Imagine ‘educational’ Tiktoks made of short, movement & music based information helped students learn & solidify their understanding of math, english, science, social studies etc concepts or even a whole separate platform that mimicked the same mechanics but was centered around brief educational lessons on the fly. 

The build of this is, kids can start making their own 'flashcards', teaching the material back because teaching is the best way to learn. Key benefits is that this is ‘easy’ to create, easy to publish and easy to subscribe to.

To create a pilot for this we would need to understand the key pain points of each grade from students, teachers and parents (or analyse test results) then work with teachers & ‘choreographers’ to create memorable lessons that make concepts stick.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Linear learning in the classroom, from textbooks, on zoom or from static flashcards.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I love solving problems. My background is in digital analytics at a creative agency and I’ve worked with global brands to build insights & analytics for marketing campaigns, new platforms (apps, websites, services) and innovation streams. 

What region are you located in?

  • Oceana

Where are you located?

Sydney, Australia


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Photo of David Enders

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the platform, Cory!
My name is David and I am a community coach for this challenge. I really appreciate where you are going with this idea — thinking along the lines of incorporating technology and entertainment that students already use into their education definitely seems promising. However, one thing that worries me is that I can imagine students might not want to blur the lines between their school life and the TikTok content they view to relax and unwind.
Maybe it would be better to create a TikTok-themed platform for students to share such "flashcards"? Or maybe reach out to an existing, successful educational platform, so they can create a section for this type of content? Think maybe Quizlet, Kahoot, SpanishDict... just thinking out loud. Or maybe TikTok could make a separate section for schooling.


Photo of Cory Nicely

Thanks for the constructive feedback & great build! Agreed that students wouldn't want to blur the lines with school & social media downtime and wonder if those existing educational platforms created similar user interfaces to tap, flick, swipe, double tap through visual/musical flashcard content that makes it more familiar & interactive could be a way forward. Also love the build on Tiktok making separate sections like a virtual 'study hall' that's for creators & contributors making snackable study cards. Also I'd imagine the target for this is 14-18y/o's, what do you think? I don't know enough about the education tech space on how business approach 'audiences' as there are so many different needs by grade & by teacher / parent / tutor but am wondering how to identify the most 'in need' audience for these ideas.

Photo of David Enders

Interesting thoughts! I'd agree about the age range, maybe even as young as 10 or 11. I'm sure it shouldn't be too difficult to approach the needs of different audiences, as all such a platform would have to do is provide the space for content to be shared; the actual flashcards, videos, other content would be produced by users of the platform. This would in turn also benefit learning (teaching others is one of the best ways to ingrain knowledge).

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