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Today we've published a new video: Wikipedia - Explained by Common Craft Wikipedia is one of those resources that works, but it's not always clear why. It seems preposterous that 1000s of volunteers could not only create an online encyclopedia, but also make it a trusted resource for millions around the world for many years. But it is a reality. Wikipedia has become one of the web's biggest success stories. But how does it really work? What is in place to make sure that the... Continue Reading
Today we're publishing a new video called "Preparing an Emergency Plan - Explained by Common Craft" If you've seen the news lately, you know there is no shortage of emergencies. Tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, earthquakes, fires, it's all out there. We don't like to think about them affecting us, but they can. This video is focused on making a plan so that you and your family or loved-ones know what to do when an emergency happens. It only takes 20 minutes to create an emergency... Continue Reading
Today we're releasing a new video: Augmented Reality - Explained by Common Craft We don't make a habit of making videos about every new gadget or technology. Everyone once in a while though, a technology captures our attention and becomes a candidate for a video. The video we've published today caught our attention - it's a topic that I think we'll be hearing a lot more about in coming years. It combines information from the web and reality - what you see through a camera phone. By making... Continue Reading
We've published a new video called "Secure Websites in Plain English" Security is obviously an important part of using the Web. Thankfully, through cooperation between a number of organizations, standards have been developed to communicate when a site is secure. Unfortunately these clues are not always known to everyday Web users. This video covers the basics of web site security - the common threats, the basics of encryption and how to tell when a site is secure. The video also covers a... Continue Reading
Today we published a new video called Protecting Online Reputations in Plain English. Aimed at younger or inexperienced web users, this video helps explain the long-term risks of sharing inappropriate photos, videos and stories on the Web. We've seen the stories and heard personal accounts about people who shared an inappropriate photo that eventually caused them to lose their job or miss an opportunity. Preventing this kind of problem can come from increased awareness about how the Web works... Continue Reading
Today we published a new video called Cloud Computing in Plain English: This title has been one of our most requested and for good reason. Cloud Computing is a subject that has an explanation problem - people have a hard time understanding it because it's difficult to explain quickly. Like Social Media, it's a subject that is very broad and lacks broad consensus in terms of clear explanations. Our hope with this video is to lay bit of groundwork so people can see the big ideas. We asked a... Continue Reading
It's that time again folks. If you're worried about your brain this Halloween, Zombies in Plain English can help!
Today we've published a new video "Saving for Retirement in Plain English". Since we first considered making the series of videos on Money, we've had our eyes on retirement savings. Not just our retirement, but yours. Too many people start saving too late and/or don't know the basics of why retirement accounts like 401ks and IRAs make sense. This video is aimed at helping people see the long term benefits of retirement accounts.Who is it for? Along with use in schools, we see this video being... Continue Reading
Today we've published a new video: Stock Markets in Plain English This video is one of our most requested and focuses on a few basic ideas: Why companies offer their stock to the public Why people buy and sell stocks What makes stock prices change How we measure stock markets using indices This video is part of our Money series and one of the first to touch on markets. It was also one of the toughest to make. Economic forces like supply and demand can quickly turn into rabbit holes. Keeping... Continue Reading
Today we've published a new video: Insurance in Plain English As we wrote recently, we're focusing on our Money category over the next month or two. This video, Insurance in Plain English, is meant to explain why insurance exists, what service it provides, how it works and what role it plays in being financially responsible. Insurance is a concept that surrounds us all the time. In fact, it's so common that it's easy to assume that everyone understands it and why it makes sense.... Continue Reading
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