EdTPA will require you to videotape/video record your teaching.

Here is my first very simple and silly video. It's about chair legs.



  1. Review resources listed below.
    Note: The edTPA is required for all teaching candidates starting Fall 2016. It is required (with no consequences for not passing) in Spring 2016 and Fall 2015. In Spring 2015 and Fall 2014, 39 portfolios will be submitted to Pearson for scoring, COEHS faculty will be scoring all. A pilot group of student teachers have completed the edTPA in Spring 2014. Know when you are student teaching and where you fall in this continuum.
  2. Video record yourself for up to a minute, trim each end, download file to computer, open file in iMovie, MovieMaker or other editing package, add captions for one segment of your video (to show you know how), blur face or object in another section of video (to show you know how, https://mymedia.uwosh.edu/media/iMovie+Blocking+Object/0_zu7y1sjy/22498011), compress file (right click, select compress), post uncompressed file to DropBox.com, paste link onto your wiki. View recording and tell what you can improve.
  3. In groups of 3-4, video record one 3-minute lesson each. You will be the teacher in one video, the camera person in a second video, and a student in two videos. In your lesson include both instruction and student assessment. Only include people in videos who consent to being recorded. Use your own camera if at all possible as this will speed up the editing process.
    1. Sample lesson you can teach -- Wisconsin Maps
      Standard: WI Academic Standards, Social Studies, students need to be able to draw maps free-hand
      Standard: edTPA requires you to teach Academic Language, you could teach Compass Rose and Legend
      Process: Hold up hand, remind students it looks like Wisconsin. As a group identify where on your hand various Wisconsin cities are located (ie Milwaukee, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Madison, Superior), three major lakes (Michigan, Superior, Winnebago), and one major river (Mississippi). Discuss the legend and compass rose (academic language). Have students freehand draw the map on a piece of paper or a digital devise, while they are doing this monitor their work (informal assessment component).
      Length of teaching episode: A couple of minutes, a bit longer if you really get into itTeaching/recording focus: When recording your teaching for the EdTPA, you will want to focus on student engagement as opposed to your lecturing. Practice that here and now.
  4. Print then collect signatures on our Permission Video Recording Consent Form. Submit signed forms, on paper, to Dr C no later than the next class meeting after you have posted your videos. Do not post videos until form has been signed.
  5. Edit your video so that you have two clips and produce two movies. One clip/movie will focus on instruction, the second will document the assessment component of the lesson. Both clips/movies will be quite brief. Add captions and blur a face. If we only have time to create one clip in class, then only one clip will be needed.
  6. Compress your videos. (Right click on icon, select compress, this will create a Zip file on your desktop.)
  7. Upload your videos to Dropbox. (Upload un-zipped files to Dropbox, the zip ones don't work here. They should work with your EdTPA.)
  8. Create a new wiki page entitled Videorecording Teaching. Add any instructions you will need so you remember how you did all this.
  9. Post links to both movies on your wiki clearly indicating which movie is of instruction and which illustrates assessment. Also include lesson details including the name/topic of the lesson you are teaching, what you did well related to (1) teaching/assessing and (2) video recording, and what you will do differently next time. For the real edTPA you will be using a secure site, not necessarily Dropbox.

Due Sunday, Sept 27, midnight

Resource List

Watch this video! -- Using Video to Improve Practice: Video 101

Read -- Video Recording Guidelines by edTPA

Read -- Guidelines for Video Confidentiality for edTPA
Candidates may not:
  • Store/upload your video to a system that has not been designated as a secure system to support edTPA at your institution;
  • Display the video publicly (i.e., personal websites, YouTube, Facebook) without expressed permission for this purpose from all those featured in the video and their parents/guardians;
  • Use the video recording for any purpose that is not within the parameters of the release forms you received for students or adults who appear in your video.

Videorecording how to's for your EdTPA from COEHS

Videorecording how to's for your EdTPA from EdTPA

edTPA Video Tips -- Thanks to Sean Ruppert and Wayne Abler for many of these tips

  • Many types of devises can be used to record your lessons -- iPads, iPods, phones, digital cameras, video cameras, etc. Most will take an adequate video. Try yours out ahead of time to be sure it looks good. Try to avoid using cameras that require tape, SD cards are fine.
  • If you don't have a recording devise, check one out from Polk 5 on campus.
  • Hold your camera so that the screen looks like a TV (landscape, not portrait orientation) then turn your devise on so that you record in the landscape orientation. Practice ahead of time to get it right.
  • Plug your camera into an electrical outlet so that the battery doesn't run out while you are making your recordings.
  • Remember to push the RECORD button on your devise to actually record.
  • If you are going to be taping an hour long lesson, break it into parts so it is easier to import and select the piece you wish to use. Do this by hitting the record button off then on several times, at logical places, during the lesson. (Chunk the lesson.)
  • Turn OFF the GPS data on your devise when recording. Otherwise, you will need to strip it out later.
  • Practice recording prior to your actually teaching your edTPA lessons so that you, your students and anyone else who is helping with your video recording will become familiar with the camera and being recorded. Also try editing a clip and spitting it out to a movie before you teach your edTPA lessons to make sure all will work when it really counts!

Lighting, Camera Angles and Tripods
  • Do not point the camera toward windows or other bright backgrounds. If the window is behind the camera, you can use it as a light source.
  • White boards that are lighted can also affect video quality. Turn off the whiteboard lights if possible to improve the exposure quality. If a Smart board or projection screen is in use, turn on as many room lights as possible to balance the effect of a bright light source.
  • Position your camera so you are recording yourself and a few students as opposed to the entire class. You want to be close enough so you can see and hear what is going on in the classroom but do not necessarily have to have everyone in the classroom in the video.
  • If you can control which students visually appear in the recording do so! Select students with signed permission slips. Students without signed permission slips will need to be blurred out if they appear in your recording. Try your best to keep them off screen. It's okay for their voices to be heard and for them to participate in the lesson, just not be seen.
  • You may have to write about focus students. If so, select the focus students ahead of time then position your camera to include them in your video.
  • Make marks on the floor and "chalk board" showing where you can move within the classroom and still be in the view of the camera. Stay within these marks. Camera will be off to the side recording a slice of your classroom.
  • Use a Tripod. Shaky video is a distraction. Use inexpensive mounting brackets to attach your camera to the tripod.
  • If you have a camera operator, avoid a lot of extreme zooming and panning. Slow moves will generally work better. A wide shot of the student teacher and some of the class is acceptable. If the camera is zoomed out wide and placed close to the main action, moves will be smoother. If the camera is far away and zoomed in tight, every little wiggle becomes exaggerated.

  • Audio is often more important than video. Get the camera as close as possible to you while still capturing some of the classroom.
  • Have the camera's microphone pointing toward the classroom and you. If you are using a phone as your camera, the microphone is probably on the bottom of the phone.
  • If you are teaching in a huge room (PE class in the gym, orchestra class in the auditorium), you may need to wear a wireless microphone.
  • Avoid putting the camera near a noisy audio source like a running projector or a loud ventilation fan. Turn off anything you can that’s adding to the room noise.
  • If you or the students can not be heard, add subtitles to the video you will be submitting for your edTPA videos.
  • Only address students by their first names, not their last names. If student papers appear in the video, be sure only first names are on them.
  • Do not refer to the name of your school, town, state, university, or other identifying information.

Permission Slips
  • You will need to have a signed permission slip for each student who appears in your video recording. If you do not have a signed slip and they appear in the video, you will need to blur them out. One student who had to do this took 45 minutes to blur 1.5 minutes of video.
  • No students can be excluded from the lesson. Simply keep them out of camera view.
  • COEHS will be developing one for you to use in the real edTPA.

What and When to Record
  • It is recommended that you teach your edTPA lessons during week 5 of student teaching. This will be before you are teaching full time. Practice taping and editing before this time so you are comfortable with this part of the process. Then, when you are teaching your edTPA lessons, tape it all then pick your best 15 minutes. You want to have plenty of action from which you can select your clip(s).
  • You will submit for scoring 1 or 2 video clips (not more than 15 minutes total) documenting your instructing and engaging students in learning (Task 2). [Elementary Language Arts Assessment -- Demonstrate how you interact with students in a positive literacy environment to deveop an essential literacy strategy and requisite skills. Your clips should show how you model the strategy and support students to practice and independently apply the essential literacy strategy to comprehend or compose text in meaningful contexts. Can feature whole class or a targeted group of students within the class.]
  • You may also choose to submit an assessment segment which also includes the use of academic language (Task 3). This additional clip can be up to 5 minutes in length.
  • The edTPA assessment is composed of three tasks: (1) planning for instruction and assessment, (2) instructing and engaging students in learning, and (3) assessing student learning. Plan 3-5 consecutive lessons (this is called a learning segment). Include learning tasks in which students have opportunities to develop key strategies and skills. Then, teach the lessons making a videorecording of your interactions with students during instruction. You will also assess, informally and formally, students' learning throughout the learning segment. Upon completion of the three tasks, you will submit artifacts from the tasks (e.g., lesson plans, clips from your videorecording, assessment materials, instructional materials, student work samples), as well as commentaries that you have written to explain/relect on the planning, instruction, asn assessment components of the task. The artifacts and commentaries for each task will then be evaluated using rubrics especially developed for each task. The evidence (i.e., artifacts and commentaries) you submit will be judged on five components of teaching practice: planning, instruction, assessment, analyzing teaching, and academic language.

Editing your Video

Video Storage and Formatting
  • UW Oshkosh will have a program and video storage available to meet edTPA privacy requirements.
  • Kaltura will most likely be the solution.

Video File Sizes and Formats
  • High-definition video takes up at least twice as much space as standard-definition video. If you have the option to record at standard-definition, you can store more video on a given device. Common terms for standard-definition and high-definition are listed below.
Standard-Definition Terms
High-Definition Terms
640 x 480
720 x 480
720 i/p
1080 i/p
1280 x 720
1920 x 108
  • (I didn't have any luck in getting rid of this bullet, oh well, that happens)

File types accepted on edTPA (Sept 2013)
  • Work samples: doc; docs; odt (open office); pdf
  • Audio files: flv, asf, wmv, qt, mov, mpg, avi, mp3, wav, mp4, wma
  • Video files: flv, asf, qt, mov, mpg, mpeg, avi, wmv, mp4, m4v

Helpful Hints for Student Teachers
Handouts from Lori Kroeger, Fall 2014

Handout created by Lori Kroeger, Spring 2014

IMovie -- watch the tutorials on Lynda...
My rough notes:
  1. Obtain signed permission slips, only record people who have signed the slip. Hand in slip, on paper, to Dr C no later than class period immediately following your posting of the recordings.
  2. Record Lesson
    1. Turn on iPad by pushing "button" right side on front (off/on switch top left side, volume top left, camera top left back under black rubber cover)
    2. Select Camera app (swipe until you find it), slide to Video
    3. Shoot video
    4. Trim video on iPad if you wish. Adjust beginning and/or ending.
  3. Transfer video to Mac side of computer (Windows directions start at number 6)
    1. Plug in cables (iPad to computer)
    2. TRUST computer -- there may be a message on your iPad/iPod asking if you trust the computer, say Trust
    3. Open iMovie
    4. File - New Project
    5. No Theme - give project a name - push Create button
    6. If clip doesn't show up and iPad isn't listed as a drive -- click Import, select iPad, select clip, Import clip -- Once you get clip imported, eject iPad
    7. (to capture video using iMovie File-Capture from Camera)
    8. Drag video up or down onto timeline (Timeline has boxes that look like they would hold a photo) If you wish to trim your video before you put it on your timeline, go ahead. Outline the part you want in the yellow box, then drag it onto the timeline.
    9. Once you have your video on the timeline, if you want to trim more out, highlight the section you want to trim out then Edit- Delete Selection (just drag end of clip)
    10. Add titles if you can't hear the speaker (for our class sample add one just to show you can)
  4. Completing movie clip
    1. Share - File (you will get an mp4 file. Save to desktop.
    2. File is finished rendering when picture from movie shows up on file icon.
    3. Compress video by right clicking on icon. This will create a Zip file.
    4. Upload file to Dropbox then post links on you wiki
    5. Submit paper copy of signed permission slip
  5. To delete video from iMovie
    1. File (highlight files to be deleted) - Move to trash
    2. Remember to remove videos from your phone, iPad or camera also
  6. To transfer movie to Windows side of computer
    1. Drag iPad videoclips to Desktop (My Computer - *new* UWO iPad - open folders until video files show - drag video files to desktop
    2. Open Movie Maker
    3. Drag video file(s) to timeline area
    4. To trim off video: Edit - Use Trim Tool
    5. To add captions: Home - Caption - move caption where you want it on the movie, add text (Content Library, Titles)
    6. To save movie when done: Click on icon to the left of Home - Save Movie - for computer - select .mp4 - name movie - save to desktop
    7. To compress movie, right click, select Compress, this will make a Zip file
    8. Upload movie to DropBox then paste link into wiki
    9. Submite paper copy of signed permission slip

Uploading your videos to Dropbox
  1. Create a free account on Dropbox if you don't already have one. Dropbox.com
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Open the Public Folder. Drag your movie into it. Wait for your movie to upload.
  4. Click on movie to open it. In lower right hand corner of page click on link icon to get link. A Share Message dialogue box opens. You can either email the link to yourself to get it or click on the Get Link button to obtain the link. If you click on the Get Link button the link will be copied to your clipboard so you can paste it where ever you like. Paste it on your wiki and hyperlink to make active.
  5. Log out of Dropbox then check the link on your wiki to verify all is working.
  6. If other teachers are having you videotape teaching episodes you can use Dropbox this same way and just email them the link. Easy!!! Fairly private too.

My Samples
Lesson: Wisconsin Cities, Rivers and Lakes
Self assessment - Lesson: I told where cities, rivers and lakes were. I need to practice this a bit more so I don't forget the name of Lake Michigan. Maybe having some notes would have been a good idea. I didn't have any student interaction which makes the lesson more engaging. Next time I will include some students.
Self assessment - Recording: My voice is loud enough to be heard. The camera was close enough so I could be seen. Lighting was also okay. The first time I recorded this lesson I had the window in the background and it was too bright. So, I did it again. Office in the background was rather messy.

Instructional Video
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qiftk5c8sm3qjuk/Wisconsin2.mov?dl=0 -- (Dropbox link)
(embedded YouTube video, optional for Fall 2014)

Assessment Video
Oops, I didn't do one. If I had, it would go here....