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TikTok as a Fun and Engaging Professional Development Platform

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom I

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Educational Technologist
Kathy Schrock
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist. She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Innovator, an Amazon Teacher Innovator, an Apple Teacher 2016, an Alpha Squirrel, a ThingLink Certified Educator, a MakerBot Curriculum Creator, and a Discovery Education Guru. URL: Twitter:@kathyschrock

Session description

The wealth of educational ideas, practices and tips found on TikTok is amazing! Educators will learn new strategies, be introduced to new methodologies, and follow innovative and creative educators on this easy-to-use platform.

Purpose & objective

As a result of attending this session, participants will understand the role that just-in-time professional development can play in education.

In addition, they will understand how best to use a popular online video tool to support teaching and learning.

The goal of the session is to provide attendees with various ways to use TikTok in the educational environment. This will includes showcasing model lesson plans in various content areas and provide tips on how best to incorporate TikTok videos into the curriculum.

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The sections of this presentation include

An overview of TikTok
Ideas from others on why and how best to use TikTok in the classroom
Examples of categories of TikTok which support teacher professional development
Examples of TikToks that can be shown in class to support the content areas
Brief overview of creating an "offline" TikTok

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Supporting research

Edwards, Luke. “How Can TikTok be used in the classroom”

Tutt, Paige. “From headache to helpful - Teachers on using TikTok in the Classroom”

Heick, Terry. “8 strategies for using TikTok in the classroom”

CHC. “How to use TikTok to engage students in learning”

Jaeger, Griffin. “From nuisance to learning platform - How teachers are transforming TikTok into an EdTech tool”

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Session specifications

Professional learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
You do not have to have a TikTok account to search and view videos on TikTok. If you want to favorite or download a video, you would have to have an account. You do not have to have an account for this session.
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Coaches:
  • Personalize support for educators by planning and modeling the effective use of technology to improve student learning.