Tips for a Successful EdTPA Video Submission Handout

Tips for a Successful EdTPA Video Submission Handout
Tips for a Successful EdTPA Video Submission
Spring 2016
College of Education and Human Services
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Western Illinois University
January 15, 2016
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Tips for a Successful EdTPA Video Submission – Spring 2016
Planning your Video Recording:
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Know your content, flow of the lesson and arrangement of the classroom: Spend time mapping your what you want to convey in your lesson and what the most important pieces are to capture for your EdTPA submission. Take time to script your lesson plan and plan your video shots. If you will have someone else recording your video share these plans with that individual. Share the plans with your students and ensure they know what to expect as well as their role in the success of your video. Know your Audience: Who is the audience? Who will be recorded? Only one person, a group of people? Know who needs to be included and focused on throughout your video. Remember, if you are shooting your video within a classroom where you are block or student teaching, and you do not have a signed permission slip for a student, he or she cannot be shown on the camera. Make sure that he or she will have a place to sit behind the camera throughout the lesson so they are not visible on the final video. If you are having someone else operate the camera make sure he or she knows this child is not supposed to be included on the video. The release statements that need to be filled out were provided to you by the faculty member you are working with on your EdTPA submissions. If you have questions regarding the form, please contact that faculty member. Will you have a camera operator or will you shoot from a stationary tripod? If possible find someone who can operate the camera for you as you are being recorded. Even with a camera operator it is recommended that they shoot the recording from a stationary tripod for quality purposes. If you will only have access to a tripod you will have to use a wide shot. Be cognizant to stay within the range of the scene throughout your video. You could consider putting tape on the floor designating where you need to stay in order to be in range. Ask someone else to operate the video camera for you while you teach. This will allow you to focus on your teaching without worrying about whether or not you and your students are being captured. Discuss the camera shots that you would like your camera operator to capture during the lesson. (e.g. When shooting the video will there be certain materials or activities that he or she should zoom in on? Are there certain instructional strategies that will require the operator to pan and zoom in order to follow you or a student around the room?) Meet with your camera operator in advance to go over your lesson and discuss the shots that you would like to have. •
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Operating the Camera your self? If you will be operating the camera yourself determine the most important shots to convey your lesson. Consider brief pauses in the lesson where you can adjust the camera to capture various areas of the classroom as you proceed. If you desire to have the entire class or a large portion of the class shown on your video set your camera with a wide-­‐angle zoom to capture as much of the class interaction as possible. If a remote is available for your camera make use of it as the lesson progresses to zoom in and out and pan the room from your location. How long will your video recording last? Does your recording device have enough battery life to complete the recording? Does it have enough capacity to store the video? If shooting with a mobile device keep it short (unless you are required to have a segment of a certain length for assessment purposes or assignment criterion.) Plug the recording device into an electrical outlet rather than relying on the battery. Tape extension cords to the floor with duct tape to prevent tripping hazards. Keep your shots and graphics simple. Use close ups of faces and anything else that does not require the user to pick up small details. Avoid text if at all possible. If you must record text on a white board or document, make it big and bold. Study the background that will be in the shot and avoid camera angles that capture distracting objects (e.g. lamps behind and above the subject's head, distracting art on the walls, etc.) Reduce wasted space around your subject by moving the camera/recording device closer; this angle focuses the video on the individual's face, rather than the background. Ensure that the camera is near eye-­‐level with your subject. If using a mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android Phone, Windows Phone, Android Tablet etc.) turn it sideways horizontally to ensure proper video proportions (vertical videos will not display properly anywhere but on the iPad, and editing software such as iMovie cannot crop vertical videos to proper horizontal dimensions without affecting the video frame). Insure Good Audio Quality -­‐ Speak loud and clear. You must be loud enough to be clearly heard with potential background noise. If possible invest in, or borrow a high-­‐quality microphone to help make your audio easier to understand. (Check with the QC AV Department or COEHS Technology Resource Checkout [TRC] to check out a microphone for your projects.) If you are interested in purchasing your own microphone (which you could potentially use in your future classroom) there are a nice variety described online at: http://www.mediacore.com/blog/ultimate-­‐guide-­‐
to-­‐smartphone-­‐and-­‐tablet-­‐video. The quality of the audio in your lesson is just as important or possibly more important than the video quality in some cases. If possible find an external microphone that will work with your video recording device. If an external microphone is not an option make sure that your recording 2 Instructional Development Services
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device is positioned as close as possible to you and your students. Use appropriate lighting. Do not have light shining in your face. Try to have your subject lit from behind. Do a trial run to see what the lighting looks like before recording your final segment. Make adjustments as necessary. Control for room lighting as much as possible. Some cameras may have a setting for recording in incandescent, florescent, or daylight. If it does use the best setting for your environment. Never place the camera lens facing a window or light source. Always do a trial run. Check audio and video quality before you record your segment by conducting a brief practice recording in the intended setting. It is recommended that you test the quality of the video and audio from your device prior to the day of your videotaped lesson to insure that the quality is acceptable. If you cannot perform your test in the classroom, take time to test your equipment at another location prior to your lesson taping. General Editing tips to keep in mind:
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For the purpose of EdTPA you must submit an unedited segment of instruction with no interruption! Do not cut or remove any portion of the instructional segment you are going to submit! You are allowed to use techniques to blur out a student’s face or school name, etc. Just do not cut an entire segment out of your clip, as that is not permissible. Necessary Materials:
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Video Recording Device External Microphone if Necessary Batteries Tripod Duct Tape or Masking Tape Extension Cord Power Cords for your Video Recording Device and Computer Computer with Internet Connection USB or FireWire Sync Cables for your Video Recording Device Video Editing Software Any Video Converter Software *If you are unable to secure technology for your submission please fill out the following form and submit it to us by the end of the day. Video recording kits can be checked out for one week at a time throughout the semester for a one-­‐time semester fee of $20. Call 309.298.3076 or visit us in HH104 to reserve a kit for your recording date soon! http://form.jotformpro.com/form/52364245054956
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Frequently Asked Questions About the
Pearson ePortfolio System
This document provides answers to FAQs about:
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Getting started
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System setup
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Templates
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Video recordings
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Submitting portfolio work
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About faculty feedback
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Troubleshooting tips
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Getting Started
As a candidate, how do I access the Pearson ePortfolio system?
To begin, you should register for the edTPA assessment. From www.edTPA.com,
select Candidates, then Register. Follow the instructions to create an account
and register for edTPA. When you finish the registration process, you will be able
to begin building your portfolio on the Pearson system.
As a faculty reviewer, how do I access the Pearson ePortfolio system?
Your institution's edTPA Coordinator will send you an invitation email through
the Pearson system. Click on the link provided in the e-mail to become a faculty
reviewer. On the sign-in page, enter your email address and create a password.
You will now have access to the system.
Once you have established your account, you can access the system directly
from www.edTPA.com or from the direct links in the candidate requests for
feedback that you receive by email.
Where do I begin once I sign in?
To begin, you should access the Assessment Handbook, available through the
system Portfolio Summary page, in the Instructions bar on the top left-hand side
of the page. Read this document carefully; it contains the content of the
assessment as well as other important information about building and
submitting your portfolio.
You should also review the various resources available to guide you through
using the Pearson ePortfolio system. See the edTPA.com Prepare page for
candidates for available materials, including video tutorials, tips for uploading
your video files, and specific tips for Mac users.
What alternative arrangements are available?
Pearson will work diligently with any candidate or faculty member requesting
special arrangements. For more information please review the edTPA.com page
for alternative testing arrangements or contact Customer Support (see Contact
Us on www.edTPA.com).
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System Setup
What are the system requirements to use the Pearson ePortfolio
system?
You will need access to a computer with the following minimum specifications:
Operating System
Browsers Supported
Internet
Connection
Additional
Software
Required
Windows XP or later
Internet Explorer 8.0 and
9.0
High speed
Adobe Flash Player
10.1* or higher
Firefox 23 or later
Adobe Reader 10.1.3*
or later
Microsoft® Word™
1997-2003 or later,
or OpenOffice 3
Mac, OS X v10.6 or
later
Safari 5 or later
High speed
Adobe Flash Player
10* or higher
Adobe Reader 10.1.3*
or later
Microsoft® Word™
1997-2003 or later,
or OpenOffice 3
*Adobe Flash Player and Reader are available free of charge at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
and http://get.adobe.com/reader/. If you are unable to update to Reader version 10.1.3, you may
use version 9.5 as an alternative. Version 10.1.2 may cause unresolved errors when attempting to
view embedded documents on the edTPA website.
I have an older version of Adobe Flash Player. Will that work?
No, please install the latest version of Adobe software.
I have a 64-bit operating system (Windows or Mac) and use a 64-bit
browser. When I try to play a video or provide feedback on a video, I do
not see the video player. What is the problem?
Adobe Flash Player 10 is not compatible with 64-bit browsers. If you are using a
64-bit browser on your machine, you must download Adobe Flash Player 11. You
will find detailed instructions here:
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/000/6b3af6c9.html.
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Templates
How do I download the templates and type in my responses?
From your Portfolio Summary page, click Start to access your portfolio page for
a particular Part. Download the template using the link in the Instructions bar on
the left-hand side of the page. Templates are formatted as word-processing
files. Open the template using your word-processing software, and begin typing
where you are prompted to record your response(s).
Can I print out the documents with my responses and mail in the
completed pages instead?
No, all candidate assessment work must be submitted online.
Can I update my work after I have already uploaded it?
Yes, you may update your work at any time before you submit your portfolio by
changing and re-uploading your original file. You must save your original file, as
the system converts your uploaded work to a file that you will not be able to
edit. When you re-upload your file, the system will automatically replace your
original submission with the new file.
Video Recordings
Where do I obtain a digital camcorder in order to complete my video
recording?
If you do not own a digital camcorder, check if your institution has one you can
use. You can also check with friends or family members before deciding to
purchase your own.
To ensure you use a digital camcorder that meets technical specifications, please
review the document Troubleshooting Tips for the Pearson ePortfolio System,
available on the edTPA website.
What information must be included in my video recording?
The instructions for the Parts related to the videos describe in detail the
requirements for the video content. These instructions can be found in the
Assessment Handbook, available through the system Portfolio Summary page, in
the Instructions bar on the top left-hand side of the page.
My school already collects and keeps on file video release forms from its
students. Are these forms adequate for this assessment?
You should review these video release forms to make sure that the language
allows for the release of videos to a third party such as Pearson. If you have any
questions, contact Customer Support (see Contact Us on www.edTPA.com).
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I am unable to obtain releases or appropriate permission to video
record (e.g., my principal or supervising teacher will not allow video
recording). How should I proceed?
Contact Customer Support (see Contact Us on www.edTPA.com), who can direct
this issue to a Pearson test coordinator who will contact you.
What kinds of video files can I upload?
The following file formats are acceptable: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi,
.wmv, .mp4, and .m4v.
Is there a limit to the video file size?
We recommend file sizes between 200 and 300 MB; the maximum size that the
system accepts is 500 MB.
Why is there a 500 MB limit on file uploads?
The Pearson ePortfolio system has a 500 MB size limit for each uploaded file.
There is no limit on the number of megabytes (MB) uploaded for an entire
portfolio. A 500 MB limit was set to encourage the compression of large videos
before candidates attempt an upload. The success of an upload through any
application depends heavily on the type of network, the file size, and the
network capacity at upload time.
How do I upload a video file?
Training materials are provided on the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates.
This page includes a video overview with a tutorial for uploading files, called
Preparing Your Assessment with the Pearson ePortfolio System. There is also
other support material, including Troubleshooting Tips.
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My video won't upload. What should I do?
Review the following chart to help identify steps you can take to ensure your
video uploads successfully. If you continue to experience difficulties, review the
Troubleshooting Tips or contact Customer Support (see Contact Us on
www.edTPA.com).
*If Your Upload
Speed Is:
**And Your File
Size Is:
Please Try the Following:
Less than 1.5 Mbps
Less than 200 MB
Try to upload on your institution network or
another broadband network.
200 MB or greater
Convert your video to a smaller file size.
Less than 200 MB
Try to upload again on your primary network
connection, possibly at a different time of day.
1.5 Mbps or greater
Try to upload on your institution network or
another broadband network.
200 MB or greater
Convert your video to a smaller file size.
* Your upload speed can be determined at www.SpeedTest.net. If you require further instructions,
please contact Customer Support. Uploads that take more than an hour may be interrupted by
network issues. You should target a file size that can be uploaded in less than an hour.
** Your file must be in one of the following video file formats: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg,
.avi, .wmv, .mp4, or .m4v. If it is not, try to convert your video to the appropriate format using
the software for your digital camcorder. Compression and conversion instructions are also
available for both PC and Mac computers along with other helpful information; see the edTPA.com
Prepare page for candidates.
Video Tips for Popular Cameras
iPhone® and iPad®
If you are planning to use your iPhone® (4 or later), or iPad® (2 or later)
mobile digital device to record your video, keep in mind the following:
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The camera on the front is a VGA-quality camera and is much lower
resolution than the camera on the back. You may want to consider using
this front camera to record your video since the file will be smaller and
easier to upload. The resolution should still be adequate for viewing.
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The camera on the rear is high-definition. Using this HD camera to record
your video will produce a very large file. In order to upload it to the
Pearson ePortfolio system you will need to compress the file before
uploading.
Note: iPhone 3G devices only have VGA video recording.
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Flip™ UltraHD, MinoHD, SlideHD Cameras
If you use a Flip camera to record high-definition video, the resulting file will be
very large. In order to upload it to the Pearson ePortfolio system, you will need
to compress the file before uploading. One way to reduce the file size is to use
the FlipShare™ software. Instructions can be found at:
http://www6.nohold.net/CiscoFlip/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=aed56e324c6d4fe7aa
ecf50df3c356cd_Making_your_videos_smaller_using_FlipShare.xml
Submitting Portfolio Work
Do I need to complete the entire assessment before I can submit my
portfolio for scoring?
All required work must be uploaded and must comply with the requirements in
order to submit your portfolio for scoring.
About Faculty Feedback
As a candidate, how do I send a request for feedback to my professor?
How do I review my professor's feedback?
After you have uploaded your work, you may submit a request for feedback if
your institution is using this feature of the Pearson ePortfolio system. To request
feedback from your professor, click the Request Part Feedback button from the
Part page within your portfolio. The system will generate a standard message
with pre-filled information in the header. Open the dropdown menu in the "To"
field to select your professor from the list of faculty from your institution. Fill out
the rest of the form and click Send. The system will send your request to your
professor. If your professor's name is not listed in the system, contact your
institution's edTPA coordinator.
For an overview on requesting and receiving feedback, you may watch a training
video provided on the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates.
As a faculty reviewer, how can I see the assignments my students are
being asked to complete?
Faculty reviewers can obtain edTPA assessment materials from their institution.
Please contact your institution's edTPA Coordinator.
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As a faculty reviewer, how do I respond to a candidate's request for a
review of their materials?
When a candidate requests feedback, the system will generate an email
message and send it to your email address on record. The email will contain a
link to the system; click this link and then sign in to your account.
Within the system, you will see the candidate's request in your Message Center.
Select the message and then click the Review Work and Reply button. You will
then be able to review the candidate's work and enter your feedback.
For an overview on providing feedback to candidates, you may watch a training
video provided on www.edTPA.com. Select the Faculty tab at the top of the page
and follow the link for Faculty Resources.
As a faculty reviewer, I can't play my student's video. What should I do?
Check to make sure you have Adobe Flash 10.0 or higher installed; see the
System Setup section above for a link to install this. If you are still unable to
play the video, contact Customer Support (see Contact Us on www.edTPA.com).
As a faculty reviewer, can I download my students' videos?
No. You may only view your students' videos within the Pearson ePortfolio
system. Due to program privacy policies, users may not download video files.
Troubleshooting Tips
When I attempt to upload a video file, the upload takes a very long time
and then closes without finishing. What is wrong?
Please review the answer for the question above, "My video won't upload. What
should I do?"
When I uploaded a file, I got a Processing message for a long period of
time. Is this normal?
The "Processing" message indicates your file has been uploaded, but more time
is needed for the file to be displayed in the Pearson ePortfolio system.
The duration of this process can vary depending on the file size. Documents
should appear in the "Ready" state within 15 minutes after an upload has
completed; video files may take as long as one hour to appear as "Ready."
You can continue to perform other functions on the Pearson ePortfolio system or
sign out while a file upload is in a Processing state.
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I received an error stating my video file is too large. My video is only 10
minutes long. Why am I getting this error?
Video length is not an accurate measurement of video file size. Videos recorded
in high-definition will have large file sizes, despite the short length of the
recording.
If you are planning to use your iPhone® (4 or later), or iPad® (2 or later)
mobile digital device to record your video, keep in mind the following:
•
The camera on the front is a VGA-quality camera and is much lower
resolution than the camera on the back. You may want to consider using
this front camera to record your video since the file will be smaller and
easier to upload. The resolution should still be adequate for viewing.
•
The camera on the rear is high-definition. Using this HD camera to record
your video will produce a very large file. In order to upload it to the
Pearson ePortfolio system, you will need to compress the file before
uploading.
Note: iPhone 3G devices only have VGA video recording.
Are there any free tools available for video compression?
Yes. See the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates for information about
compression tools for PCs and Macs.
I have an image to submit, but the system doesn't allow me to upload it.
What should I do?
Image files (e.g., .jpg, .bmp, .gif) are not valid file formats for submission. You
can insert the image into a Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer document, and
save it using the "File/Save" or "File/Save As..." features in those applications.
I’m attempting to upload a file, but the file appears grayed-out and/or
doesn’t appear in the pop-up window where I choose the file I wish to
upload.
The Pearson ePortfolio system is configured to only recognize the acceptable file
formats stated in each Part template. Files that are not in an acceptable format
will not be available to upload. Please refer to the Part template for complete
information regarding the acceptable file formats for each Part.
See the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates for guidelines and tutorials for
completing the edTPA assessment in the Pearson ePortfolio system.
My files are listed as "In Progress," but I uploaded them a week ago. Is
something wrong?
On the Portfolio Summary page, any Part that has at least one uploaded file will
appear as "In Progress." This means that one or more files in the Part have been
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successfully uploaded to the Pearson ePortfolio system, and that work on that
Task Part is in progress. It is not an indication of any specific file upload status.
When you are ready to submit your portfolio materials for scoring, you must
"Mark Complete" each individual Part.
See the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates for guidelines and tutorials for
completing the edTPA assessment in the Pearson ePortfolio system.
I need to review my updated video, but when I click on the filename
nothing displays/only a gray box displays. What does this mean?
This error indicates the Adobe Flash Player is not installed in your web browser,
or needs to be updated. You may install or update Adobe Flash Player here:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Mac users. Please refer to Tips for Mac Users for more information about known
errors that may be experienced previewing files in the Pearson ePortfolio
system.
I am unable to submit my portfolio because it tells me one or more
Tasks are incomplete, but I have uploaded all of my files. Why can't I
submit my portfolio?
If you receive an error indicating one or more Tasks are incomplete, you have
not yet selected "Mark Complete" in one or more Task Parts. Note that you must
meet the minimum file requirement indicated in each Part in order to be able to
select "Mark Complete."
See the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates for guidelines and tutorials for
completing the edTPA assessment in the Pearson ePortfolio system, including a
video tutorial about submitting your assessment.
I recorded both video clips in one file, or was only required to complete
one video. How do I bypass the file requirement in order to submit my
portfolio?
You may not bypass file requirements for any Part in your edTPA portfolio. In
order to submit your edTPA materials for scoring you must upload the number of
files specified in the Pearson ePortfolio system.
Questions regarding these file requirements should be directed to an advisor or
the edTPA Program Administrator at your institution.
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Recommended Video Formats and Settings
Acceptable File Formats
Video recordings may be submitted in the following file formats:
flv, asf, qt, mov, mpg, mpeg, avi, wmv, mp4, m4v
Recommended File Formats
Please refer to your video camera’s user manual or specifications to determine
the video format recording options.
Use of a digital camera or video camera that supports the following is
recommended:
Video File Type
Common File
Extensions
Video Codecs
Media Player Support*
AVI – Audio Visual
Interleave
.avi
wide variety; DivX,
MJPEG are
common
Supported by variety of
media players including
Windows Media Player
QuickTime Content
.qt, .mov
H.264
QuickTime
MPEG-4
.mp4
MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 or
MPEG-4 ASP
QuickTime, Windows
Media Player
WMV – Windows
Media Video
.wmv
WMV
Windows Media Player
* These video formats are supported by a number of media players. Only the more
common players are listed here for reference.
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Recommended Media Format
Because it is best to upload video in its original format, the recording settings
should match the recommended format and resolution. This way the digital file
created when you record will meet the suggested specifications without any
additional effort or conversion on your part.
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Bitrate: To ensure your video meets the file size requirements, we
recommend a video bitrate of 256Kbps. Candidate seeking to increase
the visual quality of their video clips may use higher bitrate settings, but
please be aware that this will result in a larger file which may exceed the
file size requirement or be more difficult to upload.
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File Size: The target file size is 200–300 MB or less.
Note: Each portfolio system may have additional constraints or
requirements regarding video formats and file sizes. You may need to use
video tools to compress or transcode your video into smaller file sizes to
facilitate uploading of the video. The Pearson ePortfolio System file size
limit is 500 MB.
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Resolution: To achieve the target file size, be sure to set the proper
resolution before you start recording. Commonly used lower resolutions
like "320 x 240" and "640 x 480" will yield the best results. Higher
resolutions and "HD quality" will produce file sizes too large to be
conveniently uploaded, and should be avoided.
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Frame Rotation: We recommend shooting video in landscape aspect
ratio.
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Frame Rate: We recommend shooting in or encoding to 24 (23.98), 25,
or 30 (29.97) fps. 30 fps is common.
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Pixels: Non-square (anamorphic) pixels are handled automatically.
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Deinterlace: Interlaced videos are handled automatically.
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Keyframes: Keyframes can be set to automatic on device.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Review the tips in this document if you are encountering difficulties with:
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Uploading files
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Network Speed
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File Size
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File Format
System errors
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Uploading Files
If you are having problems with Network Speed:
Symptoms
Likely Causes
Uploading process takes longer Your primary Internet or
than one hour
network connection may be
too slow.
System times out before
upload is complete
System seems stuck on
"processing" after I've
uploaded my file
The system does require time
to process files: up to 15
minutes for documents and 1
hour for videos. Your files
should appear in the "Ready"
state after this time.
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What To Do
Where to Find More
Information
Use the free Speed Test Tool
to determine your network
speed.
See the Using the Speed Test
Tool section of this document.
If your connection is too slow,
try using another network or
try compressing your file to
reduce the size.
You can perform other
functions in the Pearson
ePortfolio system while a file
is in the "Processing" state.
See Using the Pearson
ePortfolio System—
Candidates for more
information.
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If you are having problems with File Size:
Symptoms
Likely Causes
Uploading process takes longer Your video file is too large—
than one hour
over 500 MB (the
recommended file size is 200
MB to 300 MB).
System times out before
upload is complete
Error message indicating that
a file size is too large
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What To Do
Where to Find More
Information
Use a video conversion tool to
reduce the size of your video
file.
Video Compression Guide for
PC Users
Note that you may continue
working on other areas of
your assessment while a file
is being processed by the
system.
Video Compression Guide for
Mac Users
These documents describe
how to download and install a
video conversion tool to
convert a video file into an
appropriate format and size
for uploading.
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If you are having problems with File Format:
Symptoms
Likely Causes
What To Do
Where To Find More
Information
Error message indicates my
video file is in the wrong
format
Your video file is not in one of
the acceptable formats:
Use a video conversion tool to
convert your video file into
one of the acceptable
formats.
Video Compression Guide for
PC Users
The system won't accept my
image file
.flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg,
.mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, or
.m4v
Image files (e.g., .jpg, .bmp,
.gif) are not valid file formats
for submission.
I can't choose the file I want to Your file is not in one of the
upload
accepted file formats.
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Video Compression Guide for
Mac Users
These documents describe
how to download and install a
video conversion tool to
convert a video file into an
appropriate format and size
for uploading.
Insert the image into a
Microsoft Word or OpenOffice
Writer document, and save it
using the "File/Save" or
"File/Save As..." features in
those applications.
See your edTPA Assessment
Handbook and templates for a
list of accepted file formats
for each Part.
Refer to the Part template for
complete information
regarding the acceptable file
formats for each Part.
See your edTPA Assessment
Handbook and templates for a
list of accepted file formats
for each Part.
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Using the Speed Test Tool
To determine the network upload and download speeds for the Internet connection you are using to access the
Pearson ePortfolio system, follow the instructions below.
1. Click on this link or enter the following
URL into your browser address bar:
http://www.speedtest.net
2. Click "Begin Test." (Do not click "Start
Now.")
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3. SpeedTest.net will test your download
speed and then your upload speed.
4. A "speedometer" will appear as the
website tests your network connection.
5. While the "speedometer" is moving, the
site is still determining your connection
speed. Please do not close your
browser.
6. At the conclusion of the speed test, your
results are displayed. The download and
upload speeds are provided in Mbps
(Megabits per second).
7. Please note the "Download Speed" and
"Upload Speed" values and provide
them to Customer Support, if you were
asked to do so.
8. You may now close your browser.
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If Your Internet Connection is Too Slow
Use the following chart to help identify steps you can take to ensure your video uploads successfully. If you
continue to experience difficulties, contact Customer Support.
If Your Upload Speed Is:
And Your File Size Is*:
Please Try the Following:
Less than 1.5 Mbps
Less than 200 MB
Try to upload on your institution network or another
broadband network.
200 MB or greater
Convert your video to a smaller file size.
Less than 200 MB
Try to upload again on your primary network connection,
possibly at a different time of day.
1.5 Mbps or greater
Try to upload on your institution network or another
broadband network.
200 MB or greater
Convert your video to a smaller file size.
* Video files must be in one of the following video file formats: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv,
.mp4, or .m4v. If it is not, try to convert your video to the appropriate format using the software for your digital
video camera. Compression and conversion instructions are also available for both PC and Mac computers along
with other helpful information at the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates.
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System Errors
Symptoms
Likely Causes
What To Do
Where To Find More
Information
File was uploaded, but cannot
be viewed in the Pearson
ePortfolio system
The file may still be uploading,
or the system may be
processing your file.
Wait for the system to display
the "Ready" status. If the
"Ready" status is displayed
and you can’t view your file,
you may need to update your
web browser.
See the System Requirements
provided in the general edTPA
FAQs on the edTPA website,
as well as additional
information found within the
FAQs.
File was uploaded, but the
system will not accept a
request for faculty feedback
The file may still be uploading,
or the system may be
processing your file.
Wait for the system to display
the "Ready" status.
Files have been uploaded but
the Task Part cannot be
marked Ready to Submit
The system may be processing
your file, or the minimum file
requirement has not been met
for the Part.
Make sure each Task Part
displays a "Ready to Submit"
status on the Portfolio
Summary page.
You have not reviewed the file. Review each file you upload.
You must review every file
before marking a Task Part
Ready to Submit.
Files have been uploaded but
portfolio cannot be submitted
for scoring
Not all Task Parts have been
marked Ready to Submit.
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Refer to Using the Pearson
ePortfolio System—
Candidates and the video
tutorials available at the
edTPA.com Prepare page for
candidates for additional
information and step-by-step
instructions.
Make sure each Task displays
a complete "Ready to Submit"
status on the Portfolio
Summary page.
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For Additional Support
Please refer to the edTPA.com Prepare page for candidates for additional information and instructions on using
the Pearson ePortfolio system, including video tutorials.
If after reviewing the information provided here, you require additional assistance, please refer to Contact Us on
the edTPA website for Customer Support information.
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Video Exporting Guide for Windows Movie Maker
You may need to use Windows Movie Maker to:
• Reduce the size of your video file for uploading
• Convert your video into a file format which meets the requirements of the assessment. The
approved formats include: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, and .m4v.
Please follow these instructions to export your video from Windows Movie Maker 2012:
1. If you do not already have Windows Movie Maker 2012 on your computer, download the free
software from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-movie-maker-download and
follow the instructions on the website and the installer.
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of any third-party products or services you may access. If you do access a third-party site and/or software, you do so at
your own risk.
2. Open Windows Movie Maker and select your video.
3. Click “Save movie” in the upper right corner. Note
that you must click the text, not the icon, in order
to access the menu and select a video format in
the next step.
4. In the menu that appears, navigate to “Common
settings” and select the option that says “For
email.”
5. In the window that appears, select to save your
video as “MPEG-4/H.264 Video File (*.mp4).”
6. Navigate to your desktop, click “Save,” and wait
for your video to be compressed and exported.
7. You’re done – log into your portfolio and upload
the video from your desktop!
For Additional Support
Please visit the program website, www.edtpa.com, to review additional support materials, including
video tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional assistance, contact Customer
Support. See "Contact Us" on the program website for contact information.
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Video Compression Guide for Windows Users
You may need to use a video compression/conversion tool to:
• Reduce the size of your video file for uploading
• Convert your video into a file format which meets the requirements of the assessment. The
approved formats include: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, and .m4v.
Please follow these instructions to download and run this free software tool:
1. Download the free software from www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ and follow
the instructions on the website and the installer to install Any Video Converter 5.6.3. Note that you
should perform a Custom Installation to avoid installing additional software.
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any third-party products or services you may access. If you do access a third-party site and/or software, you do so at your own
risk.
2. Open Any Video Converter and click the “Add
Video(s)” button to identify the video file(s) you want
to convert.
3. Click the output video profile drop-down menu in the
upper right corner next to the “Convert Now” button
and scroll down to select “Customized MP4 Movie
(*.mp4)” under “Common Video Formats.”
4. Click “Basic Settings” in the lower right corner and
ensure that your settings match those in the picture
to the right. You may also adjust start and stop times
(not pictured) if you intend to convert only a portion
of your original file.
5. Click “Video Options” in the lower right corner and
ensure that your settings match those in the picture
to the right. Leave all other settings at their default
values.
Note: raising the video size and bitrate settings will increase video
quality, but will create a larger file that will take longer to upload.
If you are having trouble uploading your video file, leave these
settings at the values recommended in this guide.
6. Click the “Convert Now” button. Once the conversion
is complete, the folder containing your new video file
will open automatically. Drag and drop this file to
your desktop, and you’re ready to upload it to your
portfolio!
For Additional Support
Please visit the program website, www.edtpa.com, to review additional support materials, including
video tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional assistance, contact Customer
Support. See "Contact Us" on the program website for contact information.
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Video Exporting Guide for iMovie
V 9.0.9 and 10.0.4
You may need to use iMovie to:
• Reduce the size of your video file for uploading
• Convert your video into a file format which meets the requirements of the assessment. The
approved formats include: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, and .m4v.
Please follow these instructions to export your video from iMovie 9.0.9:
1. Open iMovie and ensure you have the version 9.0.9 by selecting “About iMovie” from the “iMovie”
menu. If you have an older version of iMovie, or if you do not have the iMovie, you may download
iMovie 9.0.9 free of charge from http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1574. If you have a later version of
iMovie, please refer to our updated instructions for iMovie 10.0.4, available
at http://www.edtpa.com/Content/Docs/VideoExportGuide-iMovie.pdf.
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any third-party products or services you may access. If you do access a third-party site and/or software, you do so at your
own risk.
2. Create a new, blank project by clicking “New Project” in the “File” menu. Do not add any effects.
3. Navigate to your video clip in your Event Library.
You may need to import it by selecting “Import” and
then “Movies…” from the “File” menu.
4. Click on your video and choose “Select Entire Clip” from the “Edit” menu to ensure that your entire
clip is selected
5. Click the “Add selected video to Project” button to
add your video clip to your new project
6. Click “Export Movie…” in the “Share” menu. In the
box that appears, indicate “Mobile” next to “Size to
Export.” Navigate to your Desktop, click the “Export”
button, and wait for your video to be compressed
and exported.
7. You’re done – log into your portfolio and upload the
video from your desktop!
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Please follow these instructions to export your video from iMovie 10.0.4:
1. Open iMovie and ensure you have the latest version (10.0.4) by selecting “About iMovie” from the
“iMovie” menu. If you do not have iMovie 10.0.4, you may update via the Mac App Store
at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imovie/id408981434?mt=12. If you are not eligible for a free
upgrade you may purchase iMovie 10.0.4 for $14.99, or view our instructions for using iMovie 9.0.9,
available from http://www.edtpa.com/Content/Docs/VideoExportGuide-iMovie-9-0-9.pdf.
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any third-party products or services you may access. If you do access a third-party site and/or software, you do so at your
own risk.
2. Navigate to your video in your iMovie Library. If you
cannot find your video in your iMovie Library, you
may need to import it by clicking “Import Media…”
from the “File” menu.
3. Verify that the video that plays in the window is the
video that you want to export. If you only wish to
export part of an event, you must select only the
part of the event that you wish to export.
4. Click the “Share” button, and select “File” from the
menu that appears.
5. Set the “Size” of your video clip to “640 x 360” and,
optionally, enter a title, description, and tag(s) for
your video clip.
6. Click “Next…” and save the video to your Desktop.
7. You’re done – log into your portfolio and upload the
video from your desktop!
For Additional Support
Please visit the program website, www.edtpa.com, to review additional support materials, including
video tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional assistance, contact Customer
Support. See "Contact Us" on the program website for contact information.
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Video Exporting Guide for iPhoto
If you imported your video to iPhoto, or if your video is saved in iPhoto, you will need to export your video
before uploading to the Pearson ePortfolio system.
Please follow these instructions to export your video from iPhoto 9.5.1:
1. Open iPhoto and ensure you have the latest version (9.5.1) by selecting “About iPhoto” from the
“iPhoto” menu. If you do not have iPhoto 9.5.1, you may update via the Mac App Store. Note that
we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these instructions for older versions of iPhoto. If you do not
have iPhoto installed on your computer or if your video is not saved in iPhoto, you will not need to
export your video from iPhoto and these instructions will not apply to you. You may wish to review
the other guides available from the Candidates/Prepare section of the edTPA website.
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endorsement of any third-party products or services you may access. If you do access a third-party site and/or software, you
do so at your own risk.
2. Navigate to your video in your iPhoto Library and
select it. Once selected, your video should be
highlighted with a yellow border. Ensure that you
are selecting only the single video clip you wish to
export.
3. Select “Export…” from the “File” menu.
4. From the “File Export” tab, set the “Kind” to
“Original.”
5. Click “Export” and save the file to your Desktop.
6. If your file is over 300MB, or if your upload is taking a long time or failing to complete, we
recommend compressing your video before uploading. For assistance compressing your video, please
refer to the Video Compression Guide for Mac, available from the Candidates/Prepare section of the
edTPA website at: http://www.edtpa.com/Content/Docs/VideoCompressionGuideMac.pdf
7. You’re done – log into your portfolio and upload the
video from your desktop!
For Additional Support
Please visit the program website, www.edtpa.com, to review additional support materials, including
video tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional assistance, contact Customer
Support. See "Contact Us" on the program website for contact information.
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Video Compression Guide for Mac OS X Users
You may need to use a video compression/conversion tool to:
• Reduce the size of your video file for uploading
• Convert your video into a file format which meets the requirements of the assessment. The
approved formats include: .flv, .asf, .qt, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, and .m4v.
Please follow these instructions to download and run this free software tool:
1. Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/any-video-converter-lite/id479472944 to download and install
Any Video Converter Lite 2.0.1 free of charge from the Mac App Store.
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third-party products or services you may access. If you do access a third-party site and/or software, you do so at your own risk.
2. Open Any Video Converter. Click the conversion
profile button under “Profile” in the upper right corner.
By default, this button will say “Apple iPhone 5s.”
3. In the menu that appears, click the custom video
formats icon at the bottom (which appears as a blue
film cell and gear) and then select “Customized MP4
Video.”
4. Click the “Add File(s)” button to identify the video
file(s) you want to convert.
5. Once your video appears in Any Video Converter, click
the video format icon to customize your settings.
6. Ensure your video settings match those listed to the
right. Do not change any other settings. Check the
boxes next to “Aspect: Keep Original” and “Apply to
All,” then click “OK.” Optionally, you may save this
profile for future use.
Codec:
Frame
Rate:
Bitrate:
Size:
x264
25
256
320x2
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7. Click “Convert Now” and wait for the process to
complete.
8. To locate your file, click “Task,” then select “History.”
Click the magnifying glass next to your video and your
file will be shown in the Finder. Move the file to your
desktop, and you’re ready to upload it to the Pearson
ePortfolio system!
For Additional Support
Please visit the program website, www.edtpa.com, to review additional support materials, including
video tutorials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional assistance, contact Customer
Support. See "Contact Us" on the program website for contact information.
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