About BSCS Videoverse

Through decades of research-driven work with teachers, BSCS Science Learning has developed hundreds of high quality K-12 science classroom videos. We want to make these resources broadly available to support preservice and inservice teacher learning.

That’s why we’ve launched BSCS Videoverse:

A free new platform for teacher educators, professional development leaders, district coaches, individual teachers, and researchers.

What You’ll Discover

In BSCS Videoverse, you will discover a growing collection of 2-20 minute video clips. These clips can be filtered by science discipline, science topic, grand band and level, activity focus, science and engineering practice, and crosscutting concept.

Many of these videos come with associated resources, including:

  • transcripts with content specific context
  • links to classroom ready interactives
  • lesson plans
  • student handouts
  • and other resources!

Why Video Resources Matter

High quality science classroom video resources can be a game changer for preservice and inservice teacher learning. They provide opportunities to notice student thinking, analyze teaching strategies, and develop deep understanding of complex classroom inquiry practices.

You may find these videos particularly useful as you support teachers in:

  • learning pedagogical strategies related to Next Generation Science.
  • deepening understanding of science content knowledge.
  • noticing key decision points in in-the-moment teaching.
  • focusing on student thinking.

How to Use Video Resources

BSCS has developed and used high quality video resources in our transformative professional learning programs for decades. While we cannot capture every detail of that work here, we want to help get you started with these well-tested recommendations on norms and tools for video analysis.

Basics for Video Analysis

Viewing:

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Avoid focusing on the trivial: the little things that “bug” you.

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Avoid the “this doesn’t look like my classroom” trap.

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Avoid making snap judgments about the methods employed.

Analysis:

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Focus on student thinking and key teaching moves.

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Look for evidence to support any claims. (more than once)

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Consider alternative explanations and teaching strategies.

Norms for Video Analysis

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  1. Take a few moments to read the context at the top of the transcript. This will enrich your video analysis.
  2. After watching the video, read the transcript and make note of the points where you identify key teaching moments or interesting student thinking.
  3. After negotiating your understanding of the focus strategy or student thinking, analyze the transcript to generate a claim.

Lesson Analysis Protocol

  1. Have a learning goal for watching the video.
  2. Identify the features of the video that match your learning goal by finding instances at specific timestamps in the transcript. Make sure everyone you are watching with has a common understanding of what you’re seeing.
  3. Analyze the clip with a claim, evidence, and reasoning. Focus on either student thinking or teacher moves. Turn an observation into a claim supported by evidence from the transcript.
  4. Reflect and apply to your own teaching context.

Above all: 

Have fun!

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