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Our new video was the most requested by members and explains Primary and Secondary Sources in research (2.5 minutes).   Watch it now. About this video: When researching, there are two main types of information sources: primary and secondary sources. Understanding the difference between them and how to use them can help make your projects more thorough and accurate.   What it Teaches:   This video looks back at a big event in history: The Great Storm (England, 1703). It asks the question - how... Continue Reading
We just released a new video that explains Digital Literacy in about 3 minutes. It was the most requested title by Common Craft members.  Watch it now   About the video: Literacy comes in many forms. As the adoption of computers, mobile devices and the Internet has grown, digital literacy has become more important than ever. This video will help your audience understand the potential of digital literacy in our societies.  It teaches: Why literacy matters The basic ideas of digital literacy... Continue Reading

I Have an Idea for SXSWedu

Posted by: leelefever on August 20, 2013- 11:46am

Categories: education, event, presentation, Speaking, SXSW, sxswedu

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Actually, it's not just an idea, it's a whole session about how explanation skills (and technologies) can help educators be more awesome.   Here's the thing - it's not easy to become a speaker at SXSWedu. To do it, I need your VOTES.   You see, when the kind SXSWedu folks review all 700 proposals, they consider audience voting for 30% of their decision.  So, this is my shameless attempt to encourage you to vote for my presentation.  Here's the description of my talk: As an educator, you explain... Continue Reading

Music Makes Explanations Remarkable

Posted by: leelefever on September 13, 2012- 10:13am

Categories: education, Great Explanations, music, remarkable, video

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Recently we saw Ira Glass, the host of the popular radio show and podcast This American Life, speak about "Reinventing Radio."  One of his first points was about the seriousness of how news and events are usually covered. His show strives to be different - and look for ways to approach news from an original and remarkable perspective. My first thought was to compare this to education and especially educational videos.  So many of them are so very serious.  I will teach you this...you are... Continue Reading
Late last year I was invited to present at an event called Big Ideas Fest, which focuses on change and inspiration related to K-20 education.  My presentation, entitled "Viral to Valuable" was about 15 minutes long and appeared during a track of the conference called "Scale and Spread", which related to scaling and spreading an idea.  If you're interested in the Common Craft story and how we came to focus our business on video as a digital product, etc., I tell the story in this video: To find... Continue Reading

New Video: Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on October 25, 2011- 10:26am

Categories: Common Craft Video, education, Explanation, ourwork, plagiarism, video

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Today we’re publishing a new video: Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft   One of our most suggested titles, this video is aimed at educators who are on the front lines of helping students of all ages understand and avoid plagiarism.    In researching this video it became clear that there are two types of plagiarism - intentional and unintentional.  While we cover intentional plagiarism, we also highlight the situation where a person has positive intentions, but lacks information about what... Continue Reading

What is Common Craft For?

Posted by: leelefever on June 23, 2011- 9:58am

Categories: business, education, our work, strategy

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  It’s taken years and lots of discussions with our fans to understand the answer to the simple question: what is Common Craft for?  We’re just a small company, we don’t have a research department or salespeople pounding the pavement.  We have to learn from what people say online, in email, discussion and phone calls. The summary of this input has helped us define the future of Common Craft and the new direction we’re taking this summer. For example, just yesterday we received messages that... Continue Reading

A Classic Economics Debate - As a Rap Music Video

Posted by: leelefever on April 29, 2011- 10:19am

Categories: economics, education, Explanation, money, video

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John Papola and Russ Roberts at http://EconStories.tv have made a second video that uses rap and a very well-produced music video to contrast the economic thoeries that are a big part of the political debate about what to do with a failing economy.  I'm really impressed with the format and content - and the song is actually kind of catchy too.  Fight of the Century: Keynes Vs. Hayek - Round Two:

Speaking at the Texas Library Association Conference

Posted by: leelefever on March 6, 2011- 4:00pm

Categories: education, library, presentation, Speaking, travel

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It's true. Sachi and I are attending the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, April 12-15th.  I will be presenting on Thursday the 14th at 2pm and my talk is called "The Art of Explanation - in Plain English". I hope you'll come. This will be our first library conference and we're really excited to meet people like you and take it all in.  Librarians are among our most dedicated fans and this conference is one of the biggest events in the library world.  If you're going to the... Continue Reading

Citrix GoToTraining - Custom Video

Posted by: leelefever on January 4, 2011- 4:00pm

Categories: Custom Video, Custom Video, education, our work, training

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The world of education and training has seen its share of innovation recently.  After hundreds of years of in-person stand-up training, educators have new options. Products like GoToTraining now allow teachers to host classes online. While a number of teachers have made the jump to online training, there are many who have valid concerns about the impact on the training experience.   This custom video is designed to introduce GoToTraining and outline some of the features that make online... Continue Reading

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