Our students have been chatting about the latest viral trends and sounds on TikTok for a couple years now, and I finally decided to see what all the fuss is about.
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, I’m loving TikTok.
I set up my TikTok account @edtechclass less than a week ago, and I’m already seeing the tremendous value it may have as a platform to share ideas, tips, and laughs with other educators.
Needless to say, you’ll find me sharing quick tech tips on the platform regularly. I’ll still be posting my weekly tutorial videos on my YouTube channel, but be sure to join me on TikTok if you are on this social media.
In the meantime, I’m sharing my latest teacher tech tips on TikTok below.
But first, let’s talk about ideas for using TikTok as a teacher.
Using TikTok as a Teacher
As a teacher, you can use TikTok to collaborate and connect with other educators, as well as to learn new tips and tricks. To get started, download the TikTok app from the App Store or Google Play. Next, you will be prompted to create an account and set up your profile.
In order to make the most out of TikTok, I recommend finding other accounts to follow. Hashtags are a great place to look. On the Discover tab, you can search for relevant hashtags based on the content and creators you would like to follow. For example, searching for hashtags like #teachersoftiktok, #stemteacher, and #teachertechtips will help you discover accounts within those categories.
You can also search for specific usernames to find accounts to follow. I recommend looking up accounts you follow on other social media platforms, like Instagram and Twitter, to see if they have a presence on TikTok.
You can even share your own ideas (if you feel comfortable, of course) by creating your own short-form video content on TikTok! Over the past week, I’ve had so much fun creating my own TikTok videos.
Note: You don’t have to follow teachers on TikTok if you aren’t interested! There are millions of other users to follow. And of course, as with every platform, you might not enjoy TikTok for a number of reasons, and that’s great too!
My Recent Tech Tips on TikTok
To help you visualize how teachers can create and consume TikTok content, I’m sharing some of my recent tech tips on TikTok below. Let me know what you think in the comments!
1. Gmail Tips for Teachers: Part 1
If you’re like me and you find yourself sending the same emails over and over again, you should check out the Gmail template feature.
2. My Favorite Classroom Review Games
Check out my favorite classroom review games – along with some ideas for using these tools in your classroom!
3. Gmail Tips for Teachers: Part 2
Learn how to schedule send an email in Gmail.
4. Gmail Tips for Teachers: Part 3
Learn how to paste text in Gmail without formatting.
5. How to Share Google Slides in Full Screen Presentation View
Did you know that you can share a Google Slides file so that it opens in full screen presentation view, instead of edit mode?
6. My Favorite Chrome Extensions for Teachers
As an avid Google Chrome user, I’m a big fan of adding extensions to help you save time and to add value to your work!
7. 5-10 Minute Time Filler to Try in Your Classroom
Looking for a quick activity to occupy your students while you prep materials or get ready for your next lesson?
8. Save Time Giving Feedback with Mote
Give verbal feedback, comments, and notes on Docs, Slides, and Classroom.
9. How to Force a Copy of Docs, Slides, and Sheets
Have you tried this URL trick before?
10. Google URL Shortcuts
Aaand one more URL trick!
Thank you for reading this blog post about teacher tech tips on TikTok. Are you on TikTok? Add me and comment on one of my latest posts, so I can follow you back! Let’s learn together.