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When people ask about the inspiration for our style of videos, I often say that our videos reflect the way that I wish I had learned in school. My learning style wasn't a good match for the way I was taught.  Recently we completed a custom video project with the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) that focuses on a Project Based Learning or "PBL", and boy did it open my eyes. I can now see that I needed teachers who put PBL to work. I needed to get up from my desk and engage. I needed to work on... Continue Reading

Richard Byrne Explains Why He'd Pay for a Free Video

Posted by: leelefever on July 28, 2010- 5:00pm

Categories: business, education, Licensing, strategy, teachers

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Richard Byrne over at Free Tech for Teachers has been one of our biggest supporters in the edu-blogging world and was kind enough to highlight a few of our videos in a recent post called "Three Common Craft Videos That Should Be In Your Training Library."  In this post, Richard states: I like Common Craft videos for the clear simplicity of their presentations. For that reason I actually purchase copies of the videos to save on my hard drive. I encourage you to do the same if you use their... Continue Reading

Meet Us at NECC (National Educational Computing Conference)

Posted by: leelefever on June 1, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: conference, education, event, travel

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Sachi and I will be attending the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) later this month in Washington DC. This will be our first time attending the conference, so you may see us wandering around with lost looks on our faces. Because it's such a huge conference, we're hosting a Tweetup [?] so that we can be sure to meet you. Come say hello!   Date: Monday June 29th, 2009 Time: 4:30-6pm Location: Old Dominion Brew House - Convention Center (we've reserved a room in the back) Map You... Continue Reading

A Model for Applying Common Craft Videos

Posted by: leelefever on February 8, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: AtoZ, business, education, ourwork, thissite, videos

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People often ask how our presentation quality videos are used in professional and educational settings. From talking to educators and influencers, we've learned that our videos are often used to introduce a subject - to get everyone on the same page at the beginning of a class, workshop, etc. Recently, as part of our planning for 2009, we came up with a model that helps tell this story.  We call it the A-to-Z Scale. The scale represents the path to learning a subject. On the left side are... Continue Reading

How Education Became Our Focus

Posted by: leelefever on January 25, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: business, education, future, ourwork

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I'm a big believer that every business needs to understand exactly what business they are in - and for us, this has been a journey.  I'm confident, through months of discussion and testing, that we've defined this direction for Common Craft.  Here is what we learned: I started Common Craft in 2003 to do consulting.  It was just me and I provided consulting services.  Once we started making videos, we were hired to make custom videos.  Again, we were a services business.  In the summer of 2007,... Continue Reading

What to Expect From Common Craft in 2009

Posted by: leelefever on January 3, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: business, education, Explanation, future, thissite

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In a word: Education. Our goal in 2009 is to make explanatory videos that have a positive impact.  To get there, we plan to focus of video subjects that are educational in nature and help address some of the big problems we face. We plan to introduce new series of videos that diverge from our Web roots and cover subjects that we believe need to be covered.  You'll see the first of these starting very soon and continuing into February.  We're starting with the basics - big ideas that will be... Continue Reading

Edublog Awards: Common Craft Needs Your Vote

Posted by: leelefever on December 18, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: award, blogs, buzz, education

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This is coming a bit late, but The Common Craft Show has been nominated for an Eddie - An Edublog Award in the category of Best Educational Use of Video/Visual.  The polls close tomorrow - we're hoping for a late-breaking victory. Thanks! Update:  Thanks so much everyone.  We came in second, which makes us proud. You can view the results by clicking "view result" on the poll.  It wasn't even close really, Steve Spangler's Blog, which focuses on science education, got the lion's share of... Continue Reading

TeacherTube: An Educator's Workaround for Online Video

Posted by: leelefever on December 6, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: education, interview, socialmedia, video, videohosts, youtube

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It's easy to assume that YouTube and similar hosts are open to everyone but it's not the case for a lot of professionals.  We hear from people almost every day that need a way to access our videos off the web because their organizatio/school restricts access to websites like YouTube. We recently became aware of TeacherTube, which is a video sharing site that has become a workaround for educators who can't access YouTube videos on the web. Many schools may block YouTube, but allow access to... Continue Reading

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