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Welcome to BSCS ViSTA Online, your online portal to high-quality professional development science education courses. BSCS is committed to providing K-College science educators with innovative tools and research-based resources for improved science teaching and learning, from self-guided, self-paced opportunities to supplemental online modules for college coursework.

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BSCS:Videocases for Science Teaching (ViSTA)

The BSCS ViSTA Modules allow teachers to explore videos of science teaching, videos of teacher and student interviews, samples of student work, student pre-posttests, lesson plans, and supplementary materials used in the lessons. The modules scaffold teachers' analysis of the videocases through a series of carefully sequenced tasks that challenge teachers to deepen their content understanding and to analyze the teaching through two lenses they do not typically use in looking at teaching: the Student Thinking Lens and the Science Content Storyline Lens. Each module accounts for 15 hours of class time and 15 hours of online homework time within the methods course.

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electricity_icon.jpg BSCS ViSTA Modules: Electricity

The Electricity module features two classrooms

  • two fourth-grade classrooms in which students are learning about simple, series, and parallel circuits

plants_icon.jpg BSCS ViSTA Modules: Plants

The Plants module features two classrooms

  • a first-grade classroom in which students are learning about seeds and plant growth
  • a fifth-grade classroom in which students are learning about photosynthesis

Water_icon.jpg BSCS ViSTA Modules: Water Cycle

The Water Cycle module features two classrooms

  • a third-grade classroom in which students are learning to use the ideas of evaporation and condensation to explain cloud formation
  • a fifth-grade classroom in which students are learning to explain the water cycle using ideas about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and molecules

Force_icon.jpg BSCS ViSTA Modules: Force and Motion

The Force and Motion module features two classrooms

  • a first-grade classroom in which students are learning about force and motion
  • an eighth-grade classroom in which students are learning about Newton's Second and Third Laws

inquiry_icon.jpg BSCS ViSTA Modules: Inquiry

The Inquiry module is unique among the ViSTA modules because it focuses on deepening teachers' understanding about inquiry science teaching through examination of nine different K-8 classrooms

  • second and third graders investigating decomposition
  • first graders studying about seeds and growth
  • first graders studying about force and motion
  • second graders exploring sound
  • third graders thinking about how clouds are formed
  • fourth graders studying about electricity
  • fifth graders learning about plants' making of food
  • fifth graders examining what happens when water evaporates and condenses
  • eighth graders learning about force and motion