The Common Craft Blog

This blog is where we announce new videos & talk about the power of explanation & the change it can create. 

Have you ever heard the term "Death by PowerPoint"? It's a reference to presentations that are disorganized and go on forever. It's a plague and we want to help.

Our latest video was suggested by members and is designed to teach students an essential 21st century skill: how to plan a presentation so that it's organized and easy to follow. 

What it Teaches:

All great presentations have one thing in common: they are well organized. This video illustrates how to plan your next presentation so that your audience easily understands what you have to say. It teaches:

  • Why effective presentations matter
  • How to organize and group ideas using sticky notes
  • How to use an outline to develop specific points
  • How to move your points into PowerPoint or Keynote slides
  • Why visuals are important and how to use them

Watch the full video now

The Common Craft libraries continue to grow.

Today we're publishing a new video (our 78th!) and have recently added a lot of new Cut-outs (now over 2,200!)

The new video explains algorithms - what they are and why they matter.

What it Teaches:

This video is an introduction to the basic ideas of algorithms. It explains how computers, websites and digital products need instructions that answer the question “what should I do next?” in order to complete tasks, serve customers and gather information. It teaches:

  • Why algorithms are similar to offline customer service
  • How to think about and visualize an algorithm
  • Why algorithms run our favorite websites
  • How a popular music website might use algorithms

Watch the full video now

2,200 Cut-outs!

Our library of Common Craft Cut-outs is always growing and expanding. Here's a small sample of new ones.

Save 15% on Explainer Academy Courses

We're in the process of developing self-paced, online courses that will teach explanation and media creation skills (pretty much everything we've learned).

If you're a subscriber to the Academy Newsletter (view a recent example), you'll save 15% when the Academy launches.

Sign-up for the newsletter at explaineracademy.com.

Recently Published Videos:

New Video: Privacy Online

Posted by: leelefever on November 5, 2015- 6:07am

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Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: business, Explanation, internet, policy, privacy, web

We just published a new video and thought you'd like to know. This one explains a subject that touches us all: privacy online.

What it teaches:

This video helps students understand the reality of using today's Internet in terms of privacy. It explains how our actions online are tracked and used. It teaches:

  • Why privacy online is different than it is in the real world
  • How nearly everything we do online is documented and analyzed by companies
  • Why our data is important to the success of online companies
  • How our data enables websites to be free
  • What we can do to understand how our data is being used and make choices to protect it.

Watch the full video now

Save 15% on Explainer Academy Courses

We're in the process of developing self-paced, online courses that will teach explanation and media creation skills (pretty much everything we've learned).

If you're a subscriber to the Academy Newsletter (view a recent example), you'll get 15% when the Academy launches.

Sign-up for the newsletter at explaineracademy.com.

 

New Video: Bias Detection

Posted by: leelefever on September 23, 2015- 9:42am

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Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: bias, Explanation, learning, media, research, skills, video

It's back-to-school time and we just published a video that's perfect for helping students navigate the wild world of media. It's all about understanding and detecting bias.

Here are the highlights:

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What it Teaches:

Building on the example of sports fans, this video illustrates how bias is a common and sometimes productive part of how we communicate. It also shows how bias can cause problems when it’s hidden or not detected. This video teaches:

  • Why bias is a common and expected part of communicating
  • Why high-quality information needs to be unbiased
  • What problems occur when bias is ignored
  • What to look for - common signs of bias in media

Watch the full video now

Coming Soon: Our Secrets, Revealed

Our big focus this fall is getting the Explainer Academy ready for prime time. For the first time, we'll show you every step we take in making a Common Craft video from scripts to storyboards and production.

In fact, we recently filmed a whole video shoot to document how the videos come together.

You can learn more and sign-up for updates at explaineracademy.com.