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From what you see in movies and on TV, it's easy to think that true artificial intelligence has arrived. But in reality, it's still mostly a dream.  Our latest video (our 80th!) explains the basics of artificial intelligence, where we are today and what we can expect in the future.  What it Teaches: The goal of artificial intelligence is to create computers that are as intelligent as humans. Achieving this goal is a huge, huge challenge. Today, researchers are making progress and forms of... Continue Reading
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

New Video: Intellectual Property

Posted by: leelefever on June 4, 2015- 10:19am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: creative, intellectual property, laws, legal, music, photography, rights

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This video hits close to home. Like many of you, we depend on intellectual property laws. They are essential tools for helping creators build their careers and own the work they create. Unfortunately, the meaning and intent of the laws can be difficult to understand. We made this video to help others understand the basics and why the laws matter. Here are the highlights: About This Video This video follows the story of a creative and talented woman named Candice who plays music, invented a new... Continue Reading
With our latest video, we’re geeking out a bit and explaining a popular way that software is developed.  Our focus here is a process called Agile Methodology that has changed how many software projects (and a lot of other things) are structured.  Here are the highlights:   About This Video: Using an analogy of two road-tripping teams, this video highlights how Agile Methodology offers the chance to reach better than expected outcomes.  It teaches: The two basic approaches to software projects... Continue Reading
We’ve released a new video and it’s not an explanation of hot new technology. In fact, it’s easy to assume that this subject hasn't changed in 100 years. Our new video is about libraries, and specifically, how they have evolved in the Internet Age.   Here are the highlights as an ExplainerGIF:     About This Video: Many of our wonderful supporters are libraries and librarians. In talking with them, we discovered that one of the biggest challenges they face is one of perception.    To many,... 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

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