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Student Technology Assistance Center: Ed TPA Help

Creating your edTPA videos

The Student Technology Assistance Center (the STAC) is here to help you edit, blur faces, add timecodes (running clocks), compress, and submit your final edTPA videos.

Please make sure to take a look at our top 10 list of Tricks and Tips before videotaping in the classroom. They will save a lot of time when you need to edit your videos.

Geeks are in the STAC Sunday-Thursdays 4:00pm-8:00pm. No appointment is necessary during this time. 

If you need additional help or want to meet with a Maggie, Beth or a student geek, feel free to Make an appointment and we will try to accommodate a time that works for everybody. 

Top Ten Tips and Tricks Before Recording in the Classroom

Getting ready to record your EdTPA Videos

  1. Get as many permission slips as possible to eliminate face blurring.
  2. Make sure you don’t have the student (without permission slip) in the camera shot. Again, this eliminates face blurring.
  3. No nametags on tables/desks or on students.
  4. No school names on clothing or bulletin boards or wall.
  5. DO NOT move the camera while videotaping (keep camera static). Best to use a tripod or prop up on books.
  6. Speak clearly and audibly (loud enough). It’s a good idea to do a sound check on your camera. Be aware that we cannot eliminate background noise, so if we raise the audio, the background noise will also increase.
  7. If you choose to use your phone, tablet or personal/borrowed camera, make sure you have the cords or a way to get the video off and into our computers. Remember video files are very large and not easy to email.
  8. If you use the Libraries’ Canon Powershot Camera (which we recommend) be aware that somebody needs to restart it every 15 minutes.
  9. Familiarize yourself with your equipment. Don't wait until the day of.
  10. HAVE FUN!  Breathe! Smile!


Feel free to book an appointment with Beth Anderson ( if you can’t come to edit and compress your final EdTPA video between Monday-Thursday 4-8.

Need a camera? The Libraries' have one you can reserve and borrow for 3 days. You can also get a tripod.

Steps to Creating your EdTPA Video After Recording

1.Import and Edit Your  Classroom Video and Share to the Thawspace or Desktop

2. Add a Timecode using Final Cut Pro

3. Blur any faces neccessary in Final Cut PRO

4. Share again using Final Cut PRO as a Video

5. Use HandBrake To Compress your Video (under 100 MB)

6. Submit your Artifacts (Video or Videos) to edTPA

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1. Editing Your Classroom Videos in iMovie

2. Adding a Time Code using Final Cut Pro

3. Blurring Faces using YouTube (Make all student videos PRIVATE)

4. Compressing Your To ED TPA Video To Under 100 MB using Handbrake (if you are in the STAC begin the tutorial at 1:41)