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Frequently Asked Questions

What is multimedia documentation?
Multimedia documentation goes beyond traditional text-based documentation by including not just print and images, but also video footage and audio tracks. Multimedia technology is especially effective in documenting complex professions, such as teaching. For example, Inside Teaching utilizes video clips of classrooms and student and teacher reflections, along with samples of student work.

What is a record of practice?
Please see the "What is a record of practice?" in the Inside Teaching Workspace.

Where do I start?
Teachers may choose to explore the work of other teachers in the Collections section of Inside Teaching. Use the sorting tool on the right-hand side of the Collections page to select web sites by grade level and subject matter. Choose individual web sites by selecting an educator’s name or simply clicking on a picture in the mosaic. The title of each site in the collection appears above the mosaic as your mouse rolls over the corresponding image.

Teacher educators may choose first to examine the records of practice that were created fellow teacher educators. The sorting tool identifies those as well. Teacher educators have also contributed Perspectives, which are detailed discussions of how K-12 web sites in the collection have served as powerful teaching tools within courses at several universities.

How can I contribute?
As a "Living Archive," Inside Teaching intends to expand the collection through the submissions of teachers and teacher educators in the field. The Workspace provides guidance in developing a multimedia record of practice that can later be shared publicly. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has been supporting teachers in “going public” with their teaching practice for many years. To view the earlier generations of web site documentation, follow the links below.

Going Public with Our Teaching: An Anthology of Practice
Knowledge Media Lab

Why do you use "real" teaching situations?
Inside Teaching provides a realistic glimpse into the classrooms and minds of educators across the United States. These materials help to shed light upon the challenges of teaching and provide a context for teacher preparation and professional development. However, we expect the materials to undergo thoughtful analysis by teachers, teacher educators, and others. We do not assume that any practices documented in Inside Teaching are superior to approaches not yet included in the collection. By gathering the documentation of teaching here, we hope to capture and make public the complexity of teaching. We hope that the materials in Inside Teaching will serve as "texts" that invite viewers to engage in generative discussions about teaching and learning. All are encouraged, in turn, to reflect upon their own professional growth. Ultimately, we hope that visitors to Inside Teaching will develop their own records of practice to contribute to our collection.

What about theory?
Rather than advocating one particular theory or another, we have made an effort to provide a diversity of views on teaching and learning. We hope the range of ideas and strategies represented here will encourage a thoughtful analysis of different approaches. In many cases, the teacher educators documented here have developed fruitful ways to connect theory with practice by incorporating the K-12 web sites.

What is the history of this project?
Please see the about About Us section.

What is The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching?
An independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education."  For more, please see The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching website.

Why doesn’t the video play well on my computer?
Please see the Video Help and Troubleshooting section below

How is the site best viewed on my computer?
Inside Teaching works best on a monitor with dimensions of 800�600 or larger. Recommended browsers on Windows include Firefox (1.5 or later) and Internet Explorer (6.0 or later). On the Macintosh, Firefox (1.5 or later) and Safari (1.2 or later) are recommended. Linux users should use Firefox (1.5 or later). For more please the Browser Troubleshooting section below.

Can we contact the authors of the individual records of practice?
Contributors who have chosen to make their email addresses available have included them within their record of practice.

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Video Help and Troubleshooting

The web sites in the Collections section require that either QuickTime or Windows Media Player be installed.
Click here to download Windows Media Player
Click here to download Quicktime

Problems with playing video may be due to one or more of the following:
• General net congestion, which will cause the video to consistently buffer or freeze.
• Firewalls on your network. Talk to you network administrator for assistance
• Your video player is not configured properly on your computer. Usually these adjustments are made under preferences in the connection and transport areas.

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General Browser Troubleshooting

If you are having problems displaying pages make sure you have the latest version of Firefox (1.5 or later, Mac, Windows or Linux), Internet Explorer (6.0 or later, Windows) or Safari (1.2 or later, Mac). Older browsers may not work as intended.

Your screen dimension should be set to 800 x 600 or higher.

Also, make sure you have javascript (or scripting) enabled in your browser's preferences.

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