How and why educators use TikTok: Come for the fun, stay for the learning?

Jeffrey P. Carpenter, Scott A. Morrison, Catharyn C. Shelton, Nyree Clark, Sonal Patel, Dani Toma-Harrold

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Although TikTok is among the world's most popular social media platforms, its use by educators has received limited attention. TikTok features particular opportunities and challenges that could impact educator use. This research explores educator (N = 415) TikTok use through an online survey. Participants tended to engage with the platform more for personal than professional reasons, but nonetheless found content that influenced their professional knowledge and practice. Humor was prevalent in participant TikTok engagement. Social media literacy is becoming increasingly important for educators, as participants reported various challenges associated with TikTok, and many lacked awareness of key issues with the platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104530
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
StatePublished - May 2024


  • Algorithm
  • Networking
  • Professional development
  • Social media
  • Technology
  • TikTok

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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