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TikaTok FAQs

Past TikaTok Customers

Getting Started

Account Maintenance

Creating Books

Ordering Books

Past TikaTok Customers

Why can‘t I access my TikaTok.com account?

The TikaTok.com website closed on October 5, 2012. As of October 5, 2012 all TikaTok.com accounts and custom books were deleted from the TikaTok site. Barnes & Noble, TikaTok‘s parent company, sent notices to customers of this change prior to the October 5, 2012 closing date.

The TikaTok.com site is now owned and operated by Pearson Education for the purpose of serving teachers with a digital publishing tool.

How Can I Redeem my TikaTok Gift Card or Book Spark Kit?

The TikaTok.com website closed on October 5, 2012. As of October 5, 2012 all TikaTok.com accounts and custom books were deleted from the TikaTok site. Barnes & Noble, TikaTok‘s parent company, sent notices to customers of this change prior to the October 5, 2012 closing date. The TikaTok.com site is now owned and operated by Pearson Education for the purpose of serving teachers with a digital publishing tool.

Since past TikaTok Gift Card and Book Spark Kit purchases were made to Barnes & Noble, they will be able to assist you. You can find Barnes & Noble‘s customer service contact information by visiting http://www.barnesandnoble.com/help/help.asp.

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Getting Started

What is TikaTok?

TikaTok is a digital publishing tool, offering Common Core aligned project templates that allow students to write, illustrate, and publish projects as professional-quality hardcover, softcover, and digital books.

How can I register for a TikaTok account?

Please visit registration page to learn about purchasing a subscription to TikaTok for your classroom.

For myWorld Social Studies customers: Register for your myStoryBook teacher account using the myStoryBook license code that came with your myWorld Social Studies program. To access your license code, log on to SuccessNet Plus and enter your myWorld Social Studies digital course. Once inside the digital course, open the “Teacher Orientation” folder and click the “TikaTok Implementation Directions” link. That link opens an orientation pdf; your license code is in the green box on the first page of the pdf.

How does a TikaTok subscription work?

TikaTok offers three subscription options. Visit registration page for more details.

$19 – Basic Subscription, including:

  • * 1-year subscription to TikaTok.com
  • * Access to all StorySpark project templates
  • * Unlimited student accounts

$99- Digital Plus subscription, including:

  • * 1-year subscription to TikaTok.com
  • * Access to all StorySpark project templates
  • * Unlimited student accounts
  • * Unlimited digital book downloads
  • * 15% all printed book orders

$399 - Premium subscription (at 30% savings), including:

  • * 1-year subscription to TikaTok.com
  • * Access to all StorySpark project templates
  • * Unlimited student accounts
  • * Unlimited digital book downloads
  • * 25 hardcover or softcover custom printed books
  • * Free Shipping on first 25 books

How can I create a TikaTok account as a myWorld Social Studies customer?

Please follow the steps below to set-up your TikaTok account and start using the digital-story telling tool for the writing strand within the myWorld Social Studies Course. Following the directions below will grant access to TikaTok.com for your classroom. It’s important to understand that set-up for TikaTok.com isn’t automatic within the myWorld Social Studies Digital Course.

To sign up directly on the TikaTok site follow these steps:

  • 1. Visit www.TikaTok.com
  • 2. Click the Log-In button
  • 3. Click “Have a School Code?” Please enter your myWorld Social Studies TikaTok access code. (For instructions on how to locate your myworld Social Studies TikaTok access code, please see below.)
  • 4. Then click on the Create Account button
  • 5. Fill out the account form with your information, then click Join Now
  • 6. An email will be sent with your Login information for your new TikaTok account. You are all set to start using TikaTok!

To locate your myWorld Social Studies TikaTok access code, follow these steps:

  • 1. Visit Pearson SuccessNetPlus (www.SuccessNetPlus.com)
  • 2. Sign-into your myWorld Social Studies Course using your login information
  • 3. Visit the Teacher Orientation Folder within the course
  • 4. Open the file entitled “myStory Book Implementation Directions”
  • 5. The step-by-step directions will contain your TikaTok access code as well as information about how to use the tool in your classroom.

How can I create TikaTok accounts for my students?

To create a TikaTok account for a student, sign in to your TikaTok account, scroll down to the My Students section of your home page and click the Manage Accounts link. Choose the grade, name the class section, and create usernames and passwords for your students. Click Submit to create the accounts. Students can visit www.tikatok.com to sign into their accounts using the usernames and passwords you have assigned to them.

What is a TikaTok StorySpark project template?

A TikaTok StorySpark project template is a Common Core aligned project template including prompts, sentence starters, image galleries, and more. Visit www.TikaTok.com/sparks to view the complete library of templates.

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Account Maintenance

What happens after my TikaTok subscription expires?

If a teacher subscription lapses, the associated teacher account and data will remain in Tikatok should a teacher decide to renew for up to six (6) months from the expiration date. After six (6) months, the teacher account and data will be deleted. However, associated student accounts and data will be deleted immediately when a subscription lapses and all associated student roster information and student books that have been created as part of those accounts will be deleted.

If a teacher renews a subscription, with no lapse in membership, any remaining digital and print book credits will be carried over. If there is any lapse in membership, any remaining digital and print book credits will expire and cannot be reclaimed.

I forgot my TikaTok username and/or password. How can I sign in?

If you‘ve forgotten your username, click here: www.tikatok.com/user/usernameHelp. If you‘ve forgotten your password, click here: www.tikatok.com/user/passwordHelp. If you‘ve forgotten both, first retrieve your username then reset your password.

How do I change my TikaTok password or my student‘s password?

To change your own TikaTok account password, click the “Profile” link at the top of the home page then click Change Password.

To change the password for a student‘s TikaTok account, go to the My Students section of your home page. Click the Profile link next to the student for whom you‘d like to make the change and follow the prompts.

How do I change the email address associated with my TikaTok account?

To change the email address associated with your teacher account, click the “Profile” link at the top of your TikaTok home page and choose “Change Email.”

How can I change my TikaTok account username?

Unfortunately, TikaTok account usernames cannot be changed. For information on how to use your full author name in place of your username on digital and printed TikaTok books, please see “How do I purchase a digital or printed TikaTok book?”

How can I delete my, or my student‘s, TikaTok account?

To delete your TikaTok account, sign in to your account and visit the Profile page by clicking the “Profile” link at the top of the screen. From the Profile page, click Review Personal Data and choose the account you would like to delete.

*Please note that if a Teacher account is deleted, all student accounts and books associated with that teacher will also be deleted. If you choose to delete a student account, all books associated with that student account will also be deleted. Please note that all deletions are permanent and may not be reversed.

Which internet browser do I need to use TikaTok and create a book?

The TikaTok site works with most internet browsers and mobile devices, however the internet browsers most compatible with TikaTok are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari 7+

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Creating Books

I have set up my teacher account. How do I begin a TikaTok project?

Once you've subscribed, you can visit www.tikatok.com to login. Click on the StorySpark project template you want to create to begin writing. There is also always a start-from-scratch option with the “Blank” StorySpark.

Where can I get help using the book editor?

To access the Help area of the book editor, open one of the TikaTok StorySparks (including the “Blank” StorySpark.). From within the book editor, click the Help icon on the top right of the screen. This will provide you with information about navigating through the book editor.

How do I assign a project to my students?

To assign a StorySpark project template (including the “Blank” StorySpark.), use the search feature on your home page to narrow the field of projects, or browse the whole gallery. Click the project template you‘d like to assign. Select the class you‘d like to assign it to. Then click Assign. To unassign a template, click Unassign and click Save.

Where do I access the TikaTok projects my students started?

You will see the most recently created projects under the Class Library section of your TikaTok home page once you have signed in. To view the entire selection of your students‘ books, click the View All link in the Class Library section. To view the details and pages of a specific book, click the book‘s cover thumbnail image.

Can teachers leave online comments for students about their work?

Yes. On the My Students click the “Turn Comments On” button to turn this functionality on for your account. To leave a comment for a student, click the cover image of their book in the My Studio section of your account. Scroll to the bottom of the page and type your comment in the yellow Comments box. This comment will appear in the student’s account when he or she is reviewing the book. The student may leave a comment to you using the same steps. To turn off this feature, toggle the “Comments On” button to “Comments Off.”

Can I add an original illustration to a TikaTok project?

Yes. You and your students can upload original illustrations and photographs into your TikaTok project. To upload an original drawing, we recommend using a scanner or scanning app. You may also upload high-resolution digital photography. To get a good quality reproduction, use a resolution setting that will give you a file size of around 2–3 MB. For a letter-sized image, this should be around 150 or 200 dpi. Set the color setting to the highest number of colors. If possible, crop the page to capture just the image itself. Save your file in “jpeg” or “jpg” format. When you're done scanning, open your book in the book editor and click the Add Image icon, then follow the instructions to upload your file. You may want to gather all the images for a project to upload all at one time. You can also log in to a student account and pre-load images for that student.

Who owns the copyright to a TikaTok project created in my account or my student‘s account?

To view the TikaTok Terms of Use policy, please visit www.tikatok.com/help/terms

How can I change the title of a TikaTok project?

To change the project title, open the project in the book editor. In the editor, scroll to the cover of the book, select the Title textbox, and type in the new text. Save the project, and the title page will automatically update.

How do I delete a TikaTok project from my account or my students‘ account?

From your TikaTok home page, click Class Library. Click on the thumbnail image of the book you‘d like to remove, then click “Edit” and select “Delete this book” from the drop-down menu. Be careful, because this removes the book from the system and cannot be undone.

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Ordering Books

What does it cost to publish a TikaTok project?

TikaTok projects can be published in three formats. Digital downloads can be purchased for $2.97 each. These are high resolution PDF files that can be shared or printed. TikaTok projects can also be published and professionally printed as custom hardcover or softcover books. Please see the pricing chart below.

Format Page Count Price
Hardcover 10 - 25 pages $17.47
Hardcover 26 - 40 pages $20.97
Hardcover 41+ pages $24.47
Softcover 10 - 25 pages $14.47
Softcover 26 - 40 pages $17.97
Softcover 41+ pages $21.47

How do I purchase a digital or printed TikaTok book?

You must be the teacher account holder or a parent, invited by the teacher, to publish a TikaTok book in hardcover, softcover or digital format. Students are not able to make purchases from their accounts. To purchase a TikaTok book, click the View All link in the Class Library section of your home page, and click the thumbnail image of the book you‘d like to purchase. Choose the number of hardcover or softcover copies you‘d like to purchase, or select Digital Book, and click “Add to Cart” to add the book to your shopping cart. The system will prompt you through the following steps.

Enter the author‘s name as you‘d like it to appear on the printed book, enter an author bio (optional), and upload an image of the author to be placed on the back cover (optional.) Click “Save and Continue.” If you‘d like the book to be printed with the author‘s TikaTok username only, click “Print with username only.” to advance to the next screen. Complete these steps for each book you‘d like to purchase.

Once all of the books have been added to your shopping cart, you can review the contents of your order at www.tikatok.com/cart and select your shipping method. Be sure to review and approve the Print Previews of each book to see how each book will appear in print, as there can be slight changes in how the book appears in the book editor to how it appears in the final print file.

From here, you can follow the prompts to complete your purchase using subscription credits, a credit card, or a school Purchase Order (see details on how to place an order using a PO below.) Please note: For credit card purchases, a free account with PayPal is required.

How can I use subscription credits to purchase a digital or printed TikaTok book?

If you are the teacher account holder, then upon checking out, TikaTok will automatically apply remaining subscription credits to your order. If you choose not to use your subscription credits, click Do Not Use Credits, then follow the prompts to complete your order using a credit card, or a school Purchase Order.

Can a students‘ family member purchase a copy of his or her TikaTok book?

Yes, you can invite a students‘ parent to view his or her TikaTok project and publish a copy for themselves. To invite a parent to view a student‘s project, enter the parent‘s email address on the My Students area of the site. Once an email address has been entered, visit the My Studio tab and select the students‘ books you‘d like to share. Click the Send Invites button.

Parents will receive an email with a unique link to view their student‘s project. From there, they may view the work, download the digital ebook if one has been purchased, or order hardcover and softcover print copies.

TikaTok will not use parent email addresses for marketing purposes. For a complete overview of TikaTok‘s privacy policy, please visit http://www.tikatok.com/help/privacy.

How can I place a TikaTok order using a school Purchase Order?

Follow the steps listed above in “How do I purchase a digital or printed TikaTok book?” Upon checkout, select the Pay by PO button and follow the instructions on the invoice.

Someone I know created a TikaTok project. How can I purchase a digital or printed copy?

Only the teacher account holder, or student‘s guardian, can purchase a digital or printed copy of a student‘s TikaTok project.

When I order a digital or printed TikaTok project, will it have the student‘s name on it?

For details on how to have a TikaTok book printed with the author‘s full name, please see “How do I purchase a digital or printed TikaTok book?”

I purchased a digital TikaTok book. How do I access and download it?

To download a digital TikaTok book, go to the Class Library section of your home page and click View All, then click on the thumbnail cover image of the book you would like to download. On the next page, find the yellow button to the right of the book labeled “Download”. Click the button and follow the instructions to download the book as a PDF and/or an ePub file.

To download the PDF version of your Digital Book without it loading in your web browser first (this is recommended, as the files can be very large), follow these instructions:

  • * Right-click the “Download PDF” button and select “Save Target As" (for Internet Explorer) or “Save Link As” (for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari).
  • * Choose the folder in which you want to place the file and click “Save.” Please make a note of where you put the file!
  • * When the download is complete, open the folder where you saved the file (books with lots of pictures may take several minutes to download).
  • * Double click on the file to open it.

I want to make changes to a digital TikaTok book, but I already downloaded it. How do I do this? Do I have to purchase a new one?

You can make updates to a TikaTok digital book at any time without purchasing a new one. To generate an updated version of a digital TikaTok book, go to the Class Library section of your home page and click the View All link. Click the thumbnail image of the book you‘d like to download. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the yellow Download button to generate the old PDF file. From there, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the red Update link to refresh the PDF file and download an updated version.

What is the quality of a printed TikaTok book?

Hardcover TikaTok books are bound and laminated with a glossy cover, just like the hardcover picture books you‘d find at your local bookstore. The author‘s name, should you choose to include it, and the title of the book, will be printed on the spine. Illustrations are reproduced in full color on heavy, glossy paper.

Softcover TikaTok books are also bound and laminated with a glossy cover, and printed in the same size and on the same paper as the hardcover TikaTok books.

Digital TikaTok books are available instantly from your TikaTok account. These books are delivered as high resolution PDF files that can be saved to your computer and printed on your home or school printer. The quality of the printed pages will depend on the paper you use and the capabilities of your printer.

How long will it take to receive my printed TikaTok book?

Books take as few as 4 business days to print, bind, and dry from the day the order is placed. The final delivery time will depend on the shipping option that you choose. Please see the chart below for details:

  • * UPS Ground – 8–10 business days after the order date
  • * UPS 2nd Day Air – 6–8 business days after the order date
  • * UPS Overnight – 5 business days after the order date

For detailed information on delivery times and shipping rates, please visit our Shipping Policy page.

What is your refund and return policy?

Due to the custom nature of TikaTok books and our automated fulfillment process, we are unable to accept cancellations, returns, or offer refunds on processed orders or custom books. For questions or concerns about a TikaTok order, please Contact Us.

Does TikaTok offer free training resources to help me get started?

Yes. TikaTok has a training site loaded with free resources such as lesson plans, quick tips, and video tutorials to support you in using TikaTok with your students. Check out TikaTok's training site at http://www.mytrainingconnection.com/products/tikatok