Is science in TikTok a science?

Professor of Physical Chemistry, Ariel Genovese, told UNO about working with ISAP D-15 students from Rosario del Tala to carry out his research project.

School examples of education fairs have begun in Entre Ríos Province and students from various school institutions, at both the elementary, primary and secondary levels, are exhibiting their work in a classroom environment.

One of the works presented last Tuesday at ISAP D-15 in Rosario del Tala is related to the application TikTok. At the aforementioned institute, third-year students in the physical chemistry curriculum space, under the guidance of teacher Ariel Genovese, submitted a project asking: “Is science in TikTok science?”. This was announced by the Directorate of Schools, which shared the information through its networks.

The presentation was made by students Matilda Rato and Leticia Panizza and in this regard One Consult Professor Ariel Genovese for the origin of the suggestion.

YouikTok is the favorite app for teens and it allows you to share video content that can go viral or set a trend. The material to be found is endless and difficult to validate in some cases.

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Third-year students from the Curriculum Area in Physics and Chemistry, presented their science work on the TikTok app at ISAP D-15 in Rosario del Tala.

Directorate of Schools Rosario del Tala

A few days ago, within the framework of the course organized by Tequimas and the University of San Andrés at the Book Fair, teacher and researcher Maura Matassi spoke about adolescence, geopolitics and the role of education. There he noted about TikTok that it “has something surprising and interesting about it that it connects you with content you don’t know you’re going to like, but eventually will. As if an algorithm could better predict where your interests are going than yours.” One’s undiscovered interests.

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So that his students can achieve critical thinking about what they see, the physical chemistry teacher has accompanied a research project on this app.

“I’m fighting TikTok, they think it’s really great, they want to test all the experiences they see more than anything else for my topic, but they generally use it,” explained to One Genovese added: “From TikTok they see a diet or what to do in the gym to get more muscle for football and basketball and they start taking creatine and protein. For everything they use TikTok they see as fact and practical – even though it is science – focused on Tik Tok So that they do not take it as a fact that cannot be doubted, but rather investigate before doing anything.

Like any social network, TikTok offers teens a variety of content and connections with the facts and ideas of people from all over the world.

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“TikTok is good for some of the problems boys have, for sharing issues of sexuality, for expressing themselves in times when they are feeling down, it helps them because of the advice it can give them. But from science, from physical chemistry, I try to get them to analyze and study and see if it works. What TikTok says can be done properly and investigate the author if possible.Who is he, if he is a professional, if he repeats things he got from somewhere else.They look at the likes (number of likes) and positive comments and they remain confident that the information is correct.Therein lies the problem. In that they are guided by what others say or comment on, and oftentimes they are not aware of the bad intent, therefore Learn to organize that information (select the most relevant information already posted on the Internet, filter it, organize it, add additional value) and if possible with a professional in the area, so much the better.” The teacher indicated.

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About the work itself “Is Science on TikTok Science?” partner: “Since last year, boys bring me experiences they see on TikTok and ask me if they are real. We put most of them to the test and caught the lies. Boys believe a lot in what they see and there is always the answer ‘I do. I saw on TikTok”. For this reason, the idea appears if there is science on TikTok. Many of the videos are short and only show the effects but not the risks that may be present, so it is important to teach the organization of the information and then investigate the authors. “

Specialist Maura Matasi asserts that “we live in a digital environment. We are social beings and socialization takes place in the digital world” and affirms: “The Internet is a place and social networks are places with their own stories, their spaces and with them the rules. You have to open the conversation so that it is not a space of mystery between the older and the younger.”

For this reason, the importance of taking advantage of the school environment, in any subject, to share interests with students and to prove through various experiences the good and the not so good that the content of social networks uploaded by others can provide.

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Education fairs. They provide the possibility for teachers and students to innovate and carry out collaborative and networked work.

Directorate of Schools Rosario del Tala


the Education fairs They provide teachers and students with an opportunity to innovate, to do collaborative and network work, including participation in a project that grows and improves each track of educational practice in different situations. Promote innovative strategies and methodologies that can become part of the regular task in the classroom and awaken scholarly careers.

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The Coordination of Science, Technology and Educational Innovation of the General Council for Education (CGE) reports that the registration period for Education Fair projects has been extended, in the case of a school.

There is time to upload the project until Friday, May 26, until 11:59 PM.

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