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Best practices

As educators, we should be concerned with the privacy and rights of our students and our classrooms at all times. That is why practicing confidentiality is very important through the entire edTPA process and beyond. Review the topics on this page before you start edTPA to ensure you have an understanding of the ins and outs of confidentiality.

Obtaining permission to record 

Before you begin capturing video for edTPA, it is required to get permission from parents and guardians. While some school districts are aware of edTPA and send out the appropriate permission form, there are no guarantees. Additionally, schools sometimes send out general video/audio permission forms to students, but this form will not cover you for edTPA. Your first step when you report to your placement is to find out if the “Video/Audio Permission Form” has been distributed. Keep in mind that any adults present in the classroom will need to fill out a video release form as well. This form are accessible through Blugold Insider (found at the top right).

Established guidelines 

See what steps you should take during preparation, while capturing video and after to ensure the privacy of your students is maintained. Pearson has also developed confidentiality guidelines for student teachers. 

View Pearson’s guidelines

Make sure to review permission forms to develop a clear list of which students can and cannot be in videos. It is your job to make every attempt not to show these students or adults. As a result, the classroom may need to be physically rearranged or the camera placed in a different location to accommodate those who wish to not be on camera. If by some chance a person is captured who shouldn't have been, it is highly encouraged you would choose a different clip. 

Also, be mindful of any identifiers around the classroom that may indicate the location of your school, names and more. Remove such items if they will be in your video or arrange your camera to make sure they aren't included. If by some chance an identifier is captured, please consider using a different clip. 

Preparing technology

Student candidates should, regardless of the equipment used for shooting video, remove any location data associated with the equipment prior to shooting video. No geolocation data should be associated with the video clips that are produced for the edTPA. Remember, there is data associated with digital files that often give the geographic location of that data if location services are NOT turned off on the device. Make sure to do so prior to shooting any video and do not turn those services on again until after ALL video is removed from the device. It is the responsibility of the student candidate to turn off location services on the devices they use.

It is important while shooting video to only use first names for students and to not reference the name of the school, the town or the state. Instead, use general terms like our state, our town, our school. If students are completing worksheets that are visible, make sure names of school and students are covered up or not included.

Student candidates are responsible for the physical security of any devices they use for shooting video. Keep those devices close to hand or locked up. You may wish to consider, if possible, adding password protection to the devices in cases of theft or loss.

Once teacher candidates have received their national scores, they must delete all video related to the edTPA from all devices. Realize that deleting may not totally delete the files. Depending on the device or storage location, reformatting may be necessary. Video and student work materials associated with the edTPA cannot be used in portfolios or during job interviews. Those items are only to be used for the edTPA.

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