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Our latest video explains why a strong password is not enough and what we can do to prevent problems with access to our sensitive accounts. It's called Account Security - Explained by Common Craft.   Here are the highlights: Learn how to make ExplainerGIFs like the one below with our FREE GUIDE. Watch the full video. About this video: From email to bank accounts and healthcare information, a lot of our sensitive information now lives online. Along with strong passwords, there are many things... Continue Reading
This is your invitation to join us on a new adventure. Every day, smart, well-meaning people write emails, have conversations or create documents that only make sense to one person: themselves. This lack of clarity causes frustration and wastes time.  We can do better.  That's why we're building the Explainer Academy.  The Explainer Academy will provide self-paced, online courses that will: Teach you how to repackage your ideas into explanations that are irresistibly clear and easy to... Continue Reading
Our free, self-paced guide will teach you how to create useful animated GIFs using common tools like PowerPoint and screencasting software. I’m quite sure you’ve seen animated GIFs on the web. Usually, they are short, looping clips of hilarious cats, or scenes from TV shows. GIFs have a long, wonderful history of being entertaining. We believe the format is capable of so much more. GIFs can be useful. In fact, I believe that animated GIFs have the potential to become a new kind of explainer... Continue Reading

New Video: Primary and Secondary Sources (2.5 mins)

Posted by: leelefever on March 26, 2014- 9:30am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: education, Explanation, research, sources, video

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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
We just released a new video that explains Digital Literacy in about 3 minutes. It was the most requested title by Common Craft members.  Watch it now   About the video: Literacy comes in many forms. As the adoption of computers, mobile devices and the Internet has grown, digital literacy has become more important than ever. This video will help your audience understand the potential of digital literacy in our societies.  It teaches: Why literacy matters The basic ideas of digital literacy... Continue Reading

I Have an Idea for SXSWedu

Posted by: leelefever on August 20, 2013- 11:46am

Topic: Speaking

Categories: education, event, presentation, SXSW, sxswedu

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Actually, it's not just an idea, it's a whole session about how explanation skills (and technologies) can help educators be more awesome.   Here's the thing - it's not easy to become a speaker at SXSWedu. To do it, I need your VOTES.   You see, when the kind SXSWedu folks review all 700 proposals, they consider audience voting for 30% of their decision.  So, this is my shameless attempt to encourage you to vote for my presentation.  Here's the description of my talk: As an educator, you explain... Continue Reading

Music Makes Explanations Remarkable

Posted by: leelefever on September 13, 2012- 10:13am

Topic: Great Explanations

Categories: education, music, remarkable, video

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Recently we saw Ira Glass, the host of the popular radio show and podcast This American Life, speak about "Reinventing Radio."  One of his first points was about the seriousness of how news and events are usually covered. His show strives to be different - and look for ways to approach news from an original and remarkable perspective. My first thought was to compare this to education and especially educational videos.  So many of them are so very serious.  I will teach you this...you are... Continue Reading

The Common Craft Story - A Presentation at Big Ideas Fest

Posted by: leelefever on May 22, 2012- 12:07pm

Topic: Speaking

Categories: business, education, event, presentation, strategy

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Late last year I was invited to present at an event called Big Ideas Fest, which focuses on change and inspiration related to K-20 education.  My presentation, entitled "Viral to Valuable" was about 15 minutes long and appeared during a track of the conference called "Scale and Spread", which related to scaling and spreading an idea.  If you're interested in the Common Craft story and how we came to focus our business on video as a digital product, etc., I tell the story in this video: To find... Continue Reading

New Video: Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on October 25, 2011- 10:26am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: 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

What is Common Craft For?

Posted by: leelefever on June 23, 2011- 9:58am

Topic: our work

Categories: business, education, strategy

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  It’s taken years and lots of discussions with our fans to understand the answer to the simple question: what is Common Craft for?  We’re just a small company, we don’t have a research department or salespeople pounding the pavement.  We have to learn from what people say online, in email, discussion and phone calls. The summary of this input has helped us define the future of Common Craft and the new direction we’re taking this summer. For example, just yesterday we received messages that... Continue Reading

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