Training & Documentation


What are the features of a quality edTPA video?

There is no requirement or expectation for you to create a professional-quality production. Reviewers will be examining only what the video shows you and your students doing within the learning segment.

It is important that the quality of the video (clarity of picture and sound) be sufficient for scorers to understand what happened in your classroom. Read your edTPA handbook carefully to be sure your clips are the appropriate length and feature the teaching and learning emphasis for your subject area.


How do I prepare my edTPA video recordings for my learning segment? 

  • Advise your cooperating/master teacher and the principal at your school of your need to video record lessons for edTPA.
  • Collect the necessary consent forms from students, as well as adults who might appear in the video. Respecting students’ privacy as well as protecting yourself and your cooperating teacher are professional responsibilities that you must honor.
  • Make arrangements for the necessary video/audio equipment well in advance.  If you do not have access to video equipment, contact your professor ASAP!
  • Location. Location. Location. Think about where you and your students will be located in the classroom during the lessons. Place the camera in a location that allows for you and the students to be seen and heard with clarity.  This will take practice.
  • Try to plan ahead by scouting locations in advance. In particular, think about where to place any learner without permission to be filmed so that s/he can participate in the lesson off-camera.
  • Practice the video recording process BEFORE the learning segment. This will provide a chance to test the equipment for sound and video quality as well as give your students an opportunity to become accustomed to the camera in the room. 
  • Try to record the ENTIRE set of 3-5 lessons. This will provide you with plenty of footage from which to choose the segment that best provides the evidence called for in the commentaries and rubrics. 
  • Be natural. While recording, try to forget the camera is there and teach like you normally do. If possible, record other lessons prior to the learning segment so that the camera is not a novel item in the classroom.
  • Be sure to select and submit clips with quality audio so that those viewing your clips can hear individual voices of students as they are working on a task or with each other.
  • It is often helpful to watch the video recording each day so you can check for audio quality and note possible examples of evidence with time stamps for later consideration in choosing the clip(s).  


What resources do I need to consider (software, equipment, and tutorials)? 

An expensive camera is not necessary for the demands of this assessment. Many low-end cameras are capable of producing a picture and sound quality that is suitable for your video needs. However, certain situations (groupings where the students are not facing the camera microphone, lots of ambient noise, etc.) may necessitate the use of some kind of external microphone. The only way to know for sure is to test the equipment while teaching.   


Be sure to read the instruction manual that comes with the camera. Even if the manual has been lost, most are available online at the manufacturer’s website. Online tutorials can help you learn how to use the camera. YouTube also has a plethora of videos that demonstrate how to set up and operate a camera. If you are still confused on the operation of the camera, please visit Digital Media Services and we can help you explore the features and operation of your camera. 

Most of these cameras record to SD cards, which you can buy in the bookstore. We recommend the 16GB or higher cards for extended recording time.  The higher the SD card capacity, the longer the video you can record.  If you are not sure what your camera uses for recording, please visit Digital Media Services and we can help you figure it out. Note:  As soon as the recording is finished, copy a backup of the video.  


There are several editing programs which you can use to review your video and edit the clip you want to submit.  Digital Media Services can assist you with this if you need us.  If you would like to learn how to edit your video, here are our recommendations…

  • QuickTime – simple editing. Allows you to trim the video, save, and export it for final upload.  You can also compress video in the proper format directly from QuickTime.
  • iPad or iPhone – videos that are in your ‘Photos’ app can be trimmed almost exactly the same way they are done in Quicktime.  Find the start and end of your clip, trim and save as a new clip.  (You might still need to compress the video to meet the upload limit of 500MB in Taskstream.  Refer to video compression apps for iOS devices below.)
  • iMovie – Apple’s video editor.  Comes free with all Macs.  You can edit, and export a compressed file all in this program.
    Online help:
  • Windows Movie Maker – PC video editing.  The newest version is very easy to use.  Allows for editing, and exporting compressed video all in one.
    Online help:


Which video formats are acceptable? 

Saving your video in an acceptable format is necessary for a successful upload when you submit your portfolio.  There are a number of formats that are acceptable - .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, and .m4v.  We recommend that you use .mp4 as that is currently a very universal file for Mac and PC viewing.

What if I need help?

Digital Media Services (DMS) will now help all edTPA submitters in editing and compressing your video.  DMS is located in Job 103 and is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday while school is in session.  Bring us your video and we will work with you to extract the clip you want and compress it in a format that you can use for submitting electronically.  Please Note: It is your responsibility to upload the video to Taskstream.  DMS cannot do that for you.

Compressing Video

Let’s say you have a video clip that you want to submit. You might need to compress it to make the file smaller and easier to upload, copy, or share.  Our recommendation is to use Handbrake for the PC and Video Monkey for the Mac.


Video Monkey:

If you are using an iPhone or iPad you can download these apps:

Video Slimmer -

Video Compressor -



Information supplied from
 "Making Good Choices, A Support Guide for edTPA Candidates"