Use of Digital Devices During Practicum

All teacher candidates and Clinical Educators in practicum will use digital devices (phones, phablets, tablets, etc.) for instruction, self-directed learning, professional development and personal productivity. Candidates are encouraged to make use of their personal digital devices, but will be responsible for downloading any required applications needed to complete practicum coursework. A limited number of iPads are available for candidates to borrow during their P1 and P2 experiences.

UMSL devices are owned, maintained and distributed by the Technology and Learning Center (TLC). Below are the responsibilities of both the college and students who choose to borrow a digital device from the TLC during practicum: 

College Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

In Case of Damage, Loss or Theft

 UMSL College of Education has gone to great lengths to make this technology accessible to our practicum students while minimizing their exposure should something go wrong either through accidental damage, loss or theft. There are few cases in which a student will be financially responsible for these contingencies:

UMSL-owned devices will be distributed at the conclusion of the initial Grand Seminar for candidates who need them (check the 'Important Dates' section of the website for seminar dates). Please contact The Office of Clinical Experience or the TLC with any troubleshooting issues with your borrowed device.


The Teaching Channel

There is a publicly available section of The Teaching Channel, with professionally made and professionally curated videos, which means that all videos are of high impact teaching practices. This site is used by  many K-12 school districts as a learning tool. In addition to this public part of the site, UMSL teacher candidates have access to a secure section of the web site, where candidates may upload videos of their own teaching, add comments, and share their videos with other candidates and faculty.  This is a subscription service, and the COE has negotiated a special rate of $45 for 12 months of access (that represents a 25% savings).  In order to access this secure part of the site, the “UMSL COE Team Space,” candidates need to register using their UMSL email, and they will receive a separate invoice, sent directly from The Teaching Channel.  

Use of Video

As part of the new Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA), student teaching candidates may be submitting samples of student work with responses as evidence of professional practice. No first and/or last names of the district students will appear on any materials that are submitted. In addition the MoPTA will include a submission of a short video recording of the teaching performed by the Student Teaching Candidates. The purpose of the video is so that program supervisors and/or state approved evaluators can evaluate the Student Teaching Candidates performance and help the Student Teaching Candidates improve their instruction. Any such videotape(s) must be destroyed after they have met their purpose or within 1 month of the student completing their student-teaching. Although the video recording will involve various students, the primary focus is on instruction, not the students or other adults in the class. In the course of the recordings, students’ images may appear on the video recordings. MoPTA requires that Student teacher candidates obtain signed permission forms for each student who appears or is heard on the submitted video recording, seen in a photograph, or whose work samples are submitted.

Purpose and Use of the Video: The fourth task of the MoPTA requires the teacher candidates to upload one fifteen minute or three, 5-minute video segments. The submitted videos are to be unedited. The purpose of the video-recorded task is to provide an authentic and complete view of the teacher candidate’s performance. The video provides an illustration of the follow key practices:

The video-recorded task conveys to the evaluators how the teacher candidate practices his/her profession, the decisions that are made, and the working relationship with students. Family Education Rights and Privacy Acts (FERPA): FERPA does include language that allows for the video of student teachers. The specific reference is 34 CFR §99.31(a)(6) and 20 U.S. Code §1232g(b)(F).

Ownership of the video: The teacher candidate registers for the Missouri Pre-Service Teachers Assessment (MoPTA) and pays a fee to ETS. The fee gives the teacher candidate access to website, supporting documents, the assigned tasks, ancillary materials, and the ability to upload the required video. The teacher candidate and the Department maintain ownership of all responses and accompanying materials. By submitting the performance assessment, the teacher candidate agrees that the Department may use the response without any identifying information to support future scoring of the MoPTA and/or assessment scorer training.

Permission Forms: Permission forms are written by the Department. The permission forms have been reviewed by General Counsel representing the Department, ETS, Missouri school districts and educator preparation programs. Permission forms need to be completed and signed by the following individuals:

The signed permission forms will be distributed and collected by the teacher candidate.

The teacher candidate will review the Permission Forms with his/her cooperating teacher noting the students who are not to be captured in the video.

The teacher candidate will maintain the signed Permission Forms until the completion of their educator preparation program and MoPTA scoring processes.

The teacher candidate must use the permission forms provided by DESE on the MoPTA website.

Access to the Video: The teacher candidate, the scorer, ETS, and the Department has access to the video for the sole purpose of scoring. The scoring process includes the establishment of benchmark cases that may be used for training and calibrating scorers.

Storage of the Video:

Restoring Device to Factory Defaults:

Before returning your device it is a good idea, for your own privacy, to restore the iPad to factory defaults.                                                                                                       Here's how: 

How To Restore iPad