Common Craft videos are used by educators around the world, from schools districts and libraries to universities and corporate training.
The reason? We’re the best at what we do. You won't find more useful resources for explaining computers and the internet.
Teachers and librarians have used Common Craft videos since 2007. Here's why:
❤️ Students LOVE the videos. Along with being effective, they are succinct, informal, and creative. Multiple members say their students cheer when it’s time to watch a Common Craft video. They can break up your lessons and give students an opportunity to see a complicated subject from a new perspective.
✅ Subjects that MATTER. Most videos in our library relate to the safe, responsible, and productive use of computers and the internet. Our style of explanation builds confidence and increased awareness of potential problems.
⏰ Save precious TIME. Our videos do the heavy lifting when it comes to explaining a big idea quickly. A three minute Common Craft video can get learners on the same page quickly and create a solid foundation for your teaching.
▶️ Sharing is EASY. Our video library is a plug-and-play resource for educators. With membership, you are free to use any video in our library in your teaching, online or off. More on sharing below.
⭐️ Designed for MOST AGE GROUPS. Common Craft videos are meant for anyone middle school age and up, including adults and seniors.
Video Sharing Options:
⤴️ Online Streaming - All Common Craft members can stream the videos by logging into the Common Craft website and playing any video in the library, full screen. This option works for offline and online classes.
⤵️ Downloading Files - Members of our “Full Access” plans can download the video files to a computer or network. This means the file can be inserted into an offline presentation or learning management system for easy sharing.
▶️ Embedding Videos - Members of our “Full Access” plans can also embed a video on a website, just like a YouTube video. The videos can be publicly accessible as long as they are on your (or your organization’s) website.
Ideas for Sharing in Education:
- Share your screen and stream the videos in online training sessions using Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, or other platforms.
- Display the videos in the classroom with a computer connected to a projector.
- Insert the video files into presentation tools like PowerPoint, Keynote or whatever tool works for you.
- Upload video files to a learning platform.
- Embed videos on a website like a class wiki or online course.
- Watch the videos to become more familiar with technology concepts.
Tips for Effective Sharing:
Audio and Captions: Common Craft videos include audio narration. In the classroom, it may be helpful to have speakers connected to the computer so the narration is clear. If audio is not possible, use the “show captions” button with each video to stream, download, or embed the video with captions in English.
Teaching Aids: We provide downloadable lesson plans for each video that contain learning objectives, quiz questions, discussion questions, and links to related articles. Use these files to engage students in discussion after watching. Download an Example
Online Education: Feel free to insert the videos in presentation software like PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides. The links below go to article and video walk-throughs for each product.
Add Your Titles: The videos are meant to be flexible and make you the star. The videos do not include a title, so you can add a title that matches what you’re teaching.
Video Packs: Our video packs can be an efficient way to discover, browse, and watch related videos.
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