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Video in Teacher Performance Assessment

Video in Teacher Performance Assessment

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  • Introduction 
  • Time how long teachers were talking during rehearsal videos.
  • Alfie Kohn tweet: source: source:
  • Have students write down three words that apply to engagement and then collect words to build a Wordle. by Sarah Brown Wessling. Play the first two minutes.
  • . Play from 4:30 to 6:00 minutes.
  • Video:
  • Go to and choose Wireless Microphone
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    • 1. Video in Teacher Performance Assessment Take 2 – Jan ‘14 Joe Fahs- Director of Academic Technology Services Elmira College
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    • 3. Not Enough Student Voice Rehearsal videos show teachers doing most of the talking with little opportunity for student voice.
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    • 5. Content ==> Engagement Start with content information (e.g. 5 minutes) and then engage students (they do most of the talking) for the rest of the video DividingFractions.html 1050/
    • 6. Engaging Students Active engagement of students in their own understanding of concepts, skills, and/or processes related to the learning objectives.  Instruction with student-teacher and/or student-student interaction  An opportunity for teacher to respond to student questions, concerns, or needs.  Choose clips that reveal student thinking, analysis, and judgment.
    • 7. Interact with Students Good for teacher to roam to interact with small groups talking with students. That would mean someone panning with the camera, presumably the cooperating teacher.
    • 8. Deepening Student Learning  Highlight in the video how you listen to students and respond in such a way that you are supporting them and building on their thinking and ideas.  Deepening student understanding will depend upon the strategies you have chosen.  Focus a discussion following a mini-lecture rather than the lecture itself (which can be described in writing). Discussion should represent an opportunity for students to display or further their depth of understanding.
    • 9. Path to Deeper Learning
    • 10. Avoid  A clip filled with students:  answering yes/no questions  reciting information  recall of facts, practicing narrow set of skills  reading aloud without conversation  writing silently will not reveal how you deepened their understanding of the content presented. ommission_on_ed_achievement_report.pdf
    • 11. Student Engagement
    • 12. Too soft or unclear
    • 13. Narrative If student responses are unclear, teacher will need to include that in their narrative associated with the video.
    • 14. Example of Narrative Student #3 asks the question "how do you calculate the hypotenuse of a right triangle" or student #4 responds to the teacher's question with c2 = a2 + b2.
    • 15. Avoid Positioning Camera Behind Students Positioning of the camera with built-in mic behind students may pick up the teacher's voice if loud enough. However student voice often unclear.
    • 16. Wireless Microphone  Great for teachers to roam around classroom speaking at a normal voice  The lapel microphone will not clearly capture what students are saying unless it is pointed near them  A wireless microphone must be set up precisely or it may not capture any audio at all.  Both transmitter & receiver should have newish batteries, set to the same frequency, and be turned on.  The antenna & microphone must be snugly clipped to the transmitter  Plug one end of the curly audio cable into the receiver’s MIKE OUT jack and the other end directly to a video camera’s external MIC jack. If you are using an iPhone, the adapter cable is also required.
    • 17. Transmitter Setting up a Wireless Microphone Plug into MIKE INPUT jack Receiver
    • 18. Position to the Side or Front Need to position the camera to the side or towards the front capturing the teacher and students together.
    • 19. Video Recording IWB
    • 20. Orientating the Flip Camera
    • 21. No Vertical Video Recording!
    • 22. Orientating iPhone or iPad at 2:30 min.
    • 23. Record More Than One Video
    • 24. Editing Video All videos need to be continuous (no cutting out in between) although start and end segments can be trimmed.
    • 25. General Advice  Avoid zooming and make sure you the teacher and students are in the video.  The teacher needs to have a precise lesson that has been rehearsed several times over.  Be dynamic, fast-paced, and make sure students are engaged under your direction.  Rehearse your lesson with other students in your class.
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    • 27. IT Conference Room, GT-1, GT-2 Promethean and SMART boards: During Library Open Hours the IT Conference Room is usually available by drop-in after 6 pm or on weekends. Epson Interactive Projectors During Library open hours GT-1 and GT-2 are available after 9 pm Monday through Thursday, after 6 pm on Fridays, and during open Library hours on weekends. Video Recording Check out video cameras from the IT Help Desk (three days advance notice) or use a smart phone camera to record your rehearsals in the IT Conference Room, GT-1, or GT-2.
    • 28. How to Get Help
    • 29. References • Portions of text taken from A Support Guide for edTPA Candidates (PDF) • edTPA Web site for candidates • Elmira College edTPA Web site: • Elmira College Technology Classrooms Web site: • Teaching Channel Web site: . •
    • 30. End of Presentation