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Common Craft Video

Based on suggestions and votes from Common Craft members, we just published a new video called Website Evaluation - Explained by Common Craft.   About: This video walks through the basics of evaluating a website to find quality information. It encourages viewers to evaluate websites in the way an editor would review an article.  By thinking like an editor, we can be our own gatekeeper and learn to find the most trustworthy information. It teaches:   • Why editors matter in helping books and... Continue Reading

New Video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs

Posted by: leelefever on March 21, 2013- 11:25am

Categories: APIs, Common Craft Video, internet, technology, web

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Today we’re announcing a new video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs - Explained by Common Craft   Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, are a fundamental part of the Web. By connecting websites and applications to specialized functions over the Internet, they can help websites become more fully featured and productive. Watch it now.   What it teaches:   This video tells the story of Carson, who has an idea to sell interactive maps on his website. Rather than buying and... Continue Reading

New Video: Credit Card Responsibility

Posted by: leelefever on February 26, 2013- 5:06pm

Categories: banks, Common Craft Video, credit cards, interest, money

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Today we're announcing a new video: Credit Card Responsibility - Explained by Common Craft.   This video tells the stories of Lucia and Marlon, who demonstrate valuable lessons in using credit cards. One learns to save money by paying off their balance every month while the other encounters the hard lessons of being delinquent on payments. It teaches: Why credit cards exist  How interest works in credit card accounts How to use credit cards responsibly and avoid paying interest What happens... Continue Reading

All Common Craft Videos - Now Unbranded

Posted by: leelefever on February 20, 2013- 10:53am

Categories: announcement, Common Craft Video, policies, video

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Now more than ever, we see our membership service and video library as a utility, something professionals use to do their jobs more effectively.  And we’re always looking for ways to improve that experience. That’s why, based on member feedback, we’ve made changes to nearly every video in the library.  What Changed?   Common Craft videos are now “unbranded”, meaning that they no longer display Common Craft logos, titles, or the tagline “Explained by Common Craft” in the videos, aside from a... Continue Reading

New Video: The Smart Grid Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on November 29, 2011- 10:01am

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, smartgrid, video

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Today we’re announcing a new video: The Smart Grid - Explained by Common Craft.Watch it now. This video is a bit of a departure for us, as it focuses on the electric grid that delivers electricity to homes and businesses in the US and is not about the Internet. But the grid has a lot in common with the Web: It’s absolutely essential to our modern work and home lives It’s a network that works behind the scenes It’s complex and not well understood by the public Changes to it impact everyone... 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
  If you’re the owner of a website, you know the power of search engines.  If your website shows up high in the results, it means more visitors to your website.  Unfortunately, it’s not easy.  But, there are tactics you can use that help your website look more attractive to the search engines.  These tactics are called Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  Our new video provides a review of the basics of SEO. Watch it now.   This video, like most in our library, is available with voice-overs in... Continue Reading

New Video: QR Codes Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on September 6, 2011- 10:21am

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, mobile, technology

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You may have seen these little codes around.  They're in newspapers, on storefronts and products.  They're called Quick Response (QR) Codes and they're meant to used with your smartphone. They could be a very big deal in the future.  This video is one of our most requested titles and explains how QR codes make the real world clickable. This video, like most in our library, is available with voice-overs in 8 languages. The languages are: English French German Spanish Portuguese Dutch Italian ... Continue Reading
Today we're publishing a new video called Computer Viruses and Threats - Explained by Common Craft   This video is part of a series on Net Safety and focuses on the basics of viruses, worms and trojans. It also includes information on the role of anti-virus software, software updates and awareness in preventing problems.  This video, along with our complete library, will be available through our new offering which will be available this summer.  If you're interested, you can sign up to be... Continue Reading

Video: BitTorrent - Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on January 31, 2011- 4:00pm

Categories: Bittorrent, Common Craft Video, Explanation, technology, video

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  Today we’re publishing a new video: BitTorrent Explained by Common Craft Watch the video. Chances are, even if you’re one of the millions who use BitTorrent every day, you don’t really know how it works.  That’s part of the magic that makes it so popular - it just works.  It helps you download files from the Internet faster than any other method. This video explains the moving parts that work together to deliver the file to your computer.   Those of you who tune-in to the Common Craft blog... Continue Reading

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