Big news – I finally completed my Flipgrid app overhaul. This was a long process since the app was completely brand new to me (other than using it a few times in my EC&I Ed Tech courses). Enjoy!
My plans to use Flipgrid with students fell short with the announcement of schools closing this week. Luckily I started up a few prompts with my students before this happened, so I am hoping I can continue using the tool if/when we start working with students again. Three things I tried with my students:
- I had to be away unexpectedly, so for my sub plan I posted the link to our Flipgrid in Google Classroom with instructions for students to complete! Super easy to plan and I felt confident that I was leaving a high quality assignment for my students.
- I asked students to try and explore all the capabilities of video editing with Flipgrid. This included using stickers/emojis to cover their face and to use text and captions. I tried to compare it to Instagram stories – where some people post stories with lots of text instead of only audio (because often views don’t want to listen to a story on full volume in public). I found that my students were more engaged working on the technical aspects of Flipgrid.
- Using the Disco Library – so many great ideas and options to filter by grade and subject area. Some of my favourites come from “Wonderopolis”. Check it out!
Here is my Week 5&6&7 Instagram/TikTok recap with @callie.the.golden.pup:
One of my goals over the last few weeks was to post daily to see if it increased engagement. Unfortunately my posts were less frequent and I think it affected my overall engagement. For example, my average photo likes are down and I even noticed that I lost 2 followers! (I have since regained new ones, but still!) It made me realize how number of likes and followers correlates with how I feel about the account. When I am getting lots of attention, I want to post more. It’s a weird cycle and I am sure that many young people today feel the same way. That being said, I did notice more comments on my posts this round and I enjoyed engaging with my followers.
Next step was looking into the brand ambassador opportunity with Akioka Pets. I receive comments like the pictures below every few posts, always from a different account:
I was all set to sign up, then I thought I would do a little cross research (aka, Googling) to learn more about what it means to be a brand ambassador. When I started typing “akioka…”, one of the suggestions was “akioka pets ambassador reddit”. I learned all about the “too good to be true” scam with Akioka Pets on Instagram. How it works:
- comments from other pet ambassadors to “sign up”
- to become an ambassador, you need to purchase products and “sponsor” the products on your feed (you receive a 50% discount on products and your followers receive a 25% discount)
- General consensus is the products are WAY overpriced (even with the discount) – many of the same products are available on other sites for less
After another search “akioka pet ambassador legit”, I read this post which gives a almost an exact recount of my experience with the company on Instagram! I will stick to buying Callie new toys and treats from some local establishments instead. Giving a company my payment information in return for more followers is way too risky.
I had more success with TikTok compared to my last update and I felt inspired to try a new challenge. In this article by the ‘Social Media Examiner’, I learned how using TikTok challenges can boost business (or in my case, engagement). One day last week, I quickly stopped home at lunch and put together the ‘paper towel challenge‘ with Callie. Not my best work, but it took about 3 minutes to prepare and record. Here is the 10 second video if you did not watch my recap above:
And this is where TikTok confuses me. Every time I access the app, I have between 60-100 notifications of comments, likes and new followers. All because of the paper towel challenge video. It baffles me! At the time of this post (March 21, 2020, around 9:00 pm CST) – I have 5700+ views, 1502 likes, 122 comments on the paper towel video alone (and counting!). Also, I have gained over 500 new followers since the video. What makes this video special and continue to rack up views more than ten days after posting? Is it because I ask a question, which engages the followers? Is it because I used a relevant TikTok challenge?
Another cool thing I saw this week was that any post that included a #corona or #covid19 hashtag had a disclaimer at the bottom: “Consult your local health authorities for the latest on COVID-19”. And the World Health Organization (WHO) created a TikTok account to spread accurate information!
Plans for next week:
- Begin TikTok and Instagram app overhauls
- Switch to a ‘Professional Account‘ on Instagram to use metrics to have a better understanding of post engagement and insights
- Final push for creating lots of content with both apps!
I have to admit that I felt like I lost a bit of my enthusiasm and drive for this project amidst everything going on in our world right now. But after getting back and engaging in this project, I realized it is the PERFECT distraction from the 24-hour news cycle of doom and gloom. Stay informed, but don’t let it take over all the good things in your life 🙂
Until next time,