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Our new video explains the basics of programming computers - and specifically, programming languages. Watch it now About this video: Computers can perform amazing feats of speed, repetition and calculation. But what they are really doing is following instructions we write in programming languages. This video is designed to help people understand the role of programming languages in computers. What it Teaches: How do we tell computers what to do? Using the simple example of a computer... Continue Reading
In recent months, the world of journalism has seen an increased focus on “explainer” news sites. Examples include new sites like Vox, Newsbound, FiveThirtyEight and The Upshot by The New York Times. The demand for explanations in the news is growing. Taking a step back, I think it’s interesting to think about why it’s happening and what it could mean for the future. Let’s start with the goal: If you set out to explain something, your goal is to increase understanding. So, explainer news sites... Continue Reading

Study Data on Videos in Education

Posted by: leelefever on April 22, 2014- 2:42pm

Categories: Classroom Video, data, flipped classroom, kaltura, report, study, video

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The use of videos in education is growing along with the "flipped classroom". A new report by Kaltura helps to put some data behind what many in education are seeing today. Via ReelSEO, here are a few of the highlights of the report: 90% of respondents believe that video improves the learning experience, with even basic video tools having a significant impact. 57% of respondents agree that flipped classrooms will become a standard teaching method in higher education, with 48% saying that their... Continue Reading
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

RESOLVED Video Playback Issue

Posted by: leelefever on January 28, 2014- 2:52pm

Categories: hosting, support, video, Website

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This issue is now resolved. All videos should play normally.  A quick note to let you know that we are experiencing a sporadic problem that is affecting video playback for some users and members. In some cases, the video doesn't load after the "play" button is clicked.  Our video host is working on the problem now and we expect it to be short term. If you are experiencing this problem, please contact us and describe your experience. We'll update this blog post with any updates.  Thanks for your... Continue Reading

Lessons on Visualizing Complex Ideas

Posted by: leelefever on December 18, 2013- 12:50pm

Categories: animation, Art of Explanation, production, teded, video, visualization

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A good primer by Ted-Ed on the process of turning a complex idea into visuals that can be used in an animated explainer video.   Reading in email? Watch the video here.  While the major points are great, I think it leaves out the creativity and complexity involved in producing the visuals themselves. It's a huge barrier for DIY video creators because it often requires expensive programs and extensive know-how. That's why we're fans (and partners) of GoAnimate, which provides tons of ready-made... Continue Reading
Since I was young, I've wondered about pain relievers and how they work. Thankfully Richard Byrne over at FreeTechForTeachers pointed me to this awesome animated explanation that's part of the TED-Ed series of videos.  A few things to notice about this video, from the explainer perspective: The First Half of the Video is Mostly Context It starts with an easy first step - everyone knows the discomfort of pain - it makes you want to do something to relieve it. No viewer would disagree or lose... Continue Reading

Explainer Tip: What is An Explainer Video?

Posted by: leelefever on October 16, 2013- 2:03pm

Categories: Art of Explanation, explainer tip, Explanation, video

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This post is the first in a series designed to relate the big ideas behind conceiving and producing amazing explainer videos. For now, let's forget about video.  I want to talk about explanation. You’ve probably explained something recently: Why you prefer a dish or why political event matters. We are all explainers. We create understanding as a normal part of our daily communication. So much so, that we never think about it.    It's like design. If you've ever made a campfire or a paper... Continue Reading
Since we started making videos in 2007, we’ve heard one question consistently: “How can I make my own Common Craft Style video?” Today, we’re announcing an answer to that question.  We’ve partnered with GoAnimate, an online tool for making high quality animated videos. Here’s what our partnership means:   Our library of original Common Craft Cut-outs is now available inside the GoAnimate system, making "Common Craft style" videos easy to create using only a website.  This short (01:19 ) video,... Continue Reading

New Video: Video Editing Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on October 3, 2013- 11:26am

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, video, video editing

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Today, everyone can be a video producer with the help of a computer and editing software. This video, a top request of our members, explains the big ideas behind video editing.  Watch it now.   What it Teaches: We are shooting and sharing video more than ever before. To make it useful, we need to learn the basics of turning raw video footage into a short video. This is the story of Liz, who edits a video for her company’s website.  It teaches: How video footage moves from the... Continue Reading

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