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Garfield Avenue project affects travel on lower campus.

The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the footbridge will be closed from late May to late August in both 2017 and 2018.

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Types of equipment

There are numerous devices that have the capability to record video. To figure out what might be the right choice for you, make sure to reference your handbook as well as read through the pros and cons mentioned below. In addition, it is best practice to use a tripod and possibly an external microphone for capturing clear footage.

Where to get equipment

  • Use something you own or borrow from someone you know.
  • Check with your school placement as they may have equipment available to you.
  • Contact the COEHS Technology Lab to see if they have any available during the time you need it.
  • Go to the McIntyre Library circulation desk to see if any are available.

There are many makes and models of camcorders. Read the manual if you have never used that particular camcorder before and practice using it before recording in your classroom. It is not a good idea to figure out how to use the camcorder or solve problems while you have students in your classroom.

Remember to:
  • Turn off location services/markers for confidentiality
  • Turn off image stabilization if using tripod
  • Charge battery and have spare batteries or charger
  • Purchase tape if needed
  • Secure to tripod and attach microphone
  • Press record
  • Move camera around to better capture boards, students, etc., if needed
  • Review footage each night and make notes about usable sections
  • Delete or erase footage after edTPA use 

For most classroom situations, using a smartphone or tablet with a tripod is your best choice. Tripods not only provide stability for the video, but they also are adjustable in height. If you use a tripod, you must have an adapter that fits into the shoe on the tripod and allows you to place the smartphone or tablet securely on the tripod horizontally. Always put the adapter on the tripod first, then put the smartphone or tablet into the adapter. If you plan not to use a tripod due to a close interaction with students, make sure device is secure however you chose to prop it.

Remember to:
  • Turn off location services/markers for confidentiality
  • Check how much free storage you have on device (5GB/hour shot in 720p)
  • Make sure device is charged
  • Press record
  • Move camera around to better capture boards, students, etc. if needed
  • Review footage each night and make notes about usable sections
  • Delete or erase footage after edTPA use

Working with a small number of students, typically 6 or fewer, probably does not require the use of external microphone. This situation is often encountered in Special Education classrooms. If you are in a performing arts, visual arts, kinesiology, science lab or world languages classroom you should seriously consider an external microphone. The environments for those classrooms are often relatively noisy and background noise may make it difficult for evaluators to understand what you or the students are saying. It’s always a good idea to do a test run to make sure you capture the sound you need.

Things to consider with wireless microphones:
  • They typically have two parts – a receiver and a transmitter
  • Make sure the two parts are both turned on and are on the same frequency
  • Strap the receiver to the tripod for smartphone/tablets and the “shoe” for camcorders
  • Most use alkaline batteries with a life of 6-8 hours
  • Always do a test recording to make sure everything is working properly
  • To capture group discussion at table, remove from yourself and set in center
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