From Zoom detention to virtual gun violence — teens are making memes and TikToks about their online classes

  • Many schools and universities have closed their doors for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In turn, schools are switching to online courses conducted over platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts.
  • Students are making memes about the experience, posting videos on TikTok about tricking their classmates on video chats, giving presentations from their bedroom, and adapting to going to class online.
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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life for students worldwide, with colleges, universities, and schools shutting down in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

In addition to impacting things like college decisions, it also means that students are now doing their school work online, navigating Zoom calls and Google Hangouts with their classmates and professors. It's not always smooth sailing — online teaching requires a whole new set of skills that professors are forced to rapidly pick up, and some parents are learning how to homeschool on the job. 

Moving to online coursework has also been an abrupt transition for students themselves, and in typical Gen Z fashion, many are spinning it into highly relatable TikTok content. Here are some of the best TikToks focused on now-commonplace online classes, diving into video chat woes, disruptions of school routines, and ways to dupe professors and other students. 

Many students seem to be making the best of their situation, posting "online school checks"about how things are going on group video calls.

I’m Quarantined Until Next Wednesday 😕 (IG: @eitan) ##coronavirus ##corona ##coronatime ##onlineschool ##school ##lifeathome ##zoom ##highschool ##quarantine

how did urs go? ##fyp ##foryou ##xycba ##SonicSpeedMeUp ##lifeathome ##PlayWithLife ##greenscreen ##onlineschool ##coronavirus

Other students are figuring out ways to game the system, from setting up photos of themselves that allow them to dip out of phone calls to putting schoolwork services like Chegg to use.

##Online class? Please just dip ‘em😎 ##fyp ##foryoupage ##lifeathome ##tiktok ##coronavirus ##PlayWithLife ##runnin ##lifehacks

##greenscreenvideo GPAs are skyrocketing… ##worksmarternotharder ##corona ##onlineschool

Presentations pose a unique challenge in online classes, but students are adapting.

##fyp ##onlineschool

someone did this w spanish so i had to ##corona ##onlineschool ##theworst ##thedrop

Finessing da system ##fyp ##foryou ##fypage ##PlayWithLife ##ChilisBirthday ##coronavirus

Some students are demonstrating the ways that their routines have been changed as a result of the pandemic.

hardest part of my day tbh ##happyathome ##fyp ##onlineschool ##viral ##comedy

dont wake me up ##coronavirus ##covid19

it's gonna be weird not seeing them every day ##fy ##coronavirus ##corona ##selfcare ##smallgestures

Others are imagining all of the ways that online school could go wrong, from being unable to escape the threat of gun violence that plagues Gen Z youth to accidentally sending your teacher the wrong file.

Online detention is the WORST 😖 ##foryoupage ##onlineschool ##detention ##teacher

How it gon be ##fyp ##foryoupage ##onlineschool ##coronavirus ##safehands

she’s never gonna look at me the same ##foryou ##fyp ##quarantine ##onlineschool ##helpme ##lol ##silly ##genz ##MySkinandME ##happyathome ##styletips ##teacher

Many are enjoying the joys of having family around during the day while they're trying to do their schoolwork.

my online classes be like ##foryoupage ##videocall ##onlineclass ##onlineschool ##fypage ##fyp

How kids in college are gonna be now that all classes are online PART 2; when your mom interrupts you ##college ##lifeathome ##onlineschool

Haha all jokes!!!❤️ ##mexican ##meme ##onlineschool ##mexicanhousehold ##fyp ##latina

Teachers are a part of this experience as well, and some are sharing the unique difficulties that online classes pose.

So this happened today…##onlineschool ##teacherlife

Teachers? on discord? We really are next level.##coronavirus##teachers ##fyp ##onlineschool ##schoolshutdown ##schoolhousetok ##itiswhatitis

Finally, some students are looking forward to the connections they'll forge while taking classes online.

i guess quarantine isn’t so bad after all ##fyp ##foryou ##waittiltheend ##fbi ##onlineschool ##quarantine ##coronavirus ##artistsoftiktok ##xyzbca

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