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Explanation

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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading

New Video: Privacy Online

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

Topic: Common Craft Video

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

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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... Continue Reading

New Video: Bias Detection

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

Topic: Common Craft Video

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

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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: Learn how to make ExplainerGIFs like the one above with our FREE GUIDE. 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... Continue Reading
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
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: Encryption on the Web

Posted by: leelefever on March 3, 2015- 10:36am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: encryption, Explanation, internet, privacy, security, video

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For our latest video, we’re going behind the scenes of the Internet and taking a look at encryption and how “keys” help keep our sensitive information secure as it travels from computer to computer.    Here are the highlights as an ExplainerGIF:     Do you want to learn to make animated GIFs like the one above? We'll teach you.     About This Video: Encryption is a fundamental part of using the Internet securely, but it is mostly invisible to the user. This video explains the basic idea of... Continue Reading
Today we've published a new video that explains Net Neutrality.  Note: This video release is special. For the first time in about four years, we're publishing a version of a new video on our website and YouTube so that it can be shared easily. Why? Because it's about a complex and important subject that could impact all US internet users. This subject deserves to be understood by everyone, so we want to make that easy by making it more sharable.  Watch the video now on YouTube or Common Craft... Continue Reading

Amazingly Simple Animation About Addiction

Posted by: leelefever on November 21, 2014- 11:25pm

Topic: video

Categories: addiction, animation, drugs, Explanation, video, youtube

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"Nuggets" is an animation by German animation director Andreas Hykade. It's an instant classic that exemplifies the beauty of simple yet meaningful communication.  It's a must-watch: Viewing in email? Watch it here. 
We love to see students and teachers work together on Common Craft style videos. Almost every day we see photos and videos from classroom projects like this one. You can find 100's Common Craft style videos on YouTube. While these live-action videos are awesome, Common Craft style videos can also be created using GoAnimate's online video maker. Last year, we partnered with GoAnimate to offer Common Craft Cut-outs as an upgrade to their standard product. Today, this access has been extended to... Continue Reading

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