Photo of students in an MPH classroom.

Video Recording and Equipment

Video clips are included in the edTPA portfolio as a way to provide valuable context for the evaluation of your teaching. Because videos tend to include identifiable images of students, their use as part of your portfolio carries significant ethical and legal responsibilities. Many parents are concerned with regard to privacy and safety about the use of videos that contain footage of their children. Those concerns must be respected by the teacher candidate at all times.

Permission Forms

Advise your cooperating teacher of your need to videotape lessons. You will need to print out the Video/Audio Permission Form which can be found on the edTPA Canvas site, make sufficient copies, distribute and collect them. There are additional language translations that can be found on the edTPA Canvas site as well. Students whose parents do not sign the permission form should not be within the filming frame, but can still participate in the class.

Equipment Rental and Policies

edTPA video recording kits are available to Clinical II students completing their edTPA portfolios. The video recording kits consist of an iPod, microphone and tripod. You can rent a kit from the ADP Center for a week at a time. To rent a kit, please visit the edTPA page on the ADP Center website. Late, missing or damaged equipment will be subject to fees on the student’s account.

Setting up your Equipment

The edTPA Support Office Staff, as well as the ADP Center staff, are happy to show you how to set up and use your edTPA video recording kit. Please also review the guides posted on the edTPA Canvas course.

Video Recording Tips and Guidelines

  • Video scenes can include whole class or only those focus students.
  • The lesson can be stationary or moving but be sure to adjust sound as needed.
  • Make sure to use the appropriate recording devices in this case for the classroom space.  For example, in a gym, music or dance class make sure the microphone is close by and captures sound effectively.
  • MAKE SURE TO BE SEEN AND HEARD. Audio is more important than video.
  • You cannot add titles or special effects – no fancy edits permitted.
  • You cannot add or remove a piece of the video. If needed, a video can be entirely redone.  You CANNOT edit a scene or portion to fix a student or a scene to make it perfect.
  • Keep equipment out and around the room to make students more comfortable with recording.
  • Familiarize your students with the process that will be going on.
  • Normalize your students with camera and recording equipment.
  • Shoot practice videos and clips so they appear authentic and non-scripted.
  • Refer to your subject area handbook for specific requirements related to video length and number of videos required.  Different subject areas have different requirements.

Trimming and Compressing your Video

After you record your video, make sure to upload it to a secure place and make a couple of copies of it. The only forms of editing allowed on your video are trimming and compressing. Trimming allows you to choose a clip of the film that you would like to use and compressing minimizes the size of the video clip file to ensure it is able to be uploaded. For guides on how to do this, please refer to your Canvas course. Assistance is also available in the edTPA Support Office and during open video lab hours, posted on your Canvas course.