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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

New Video: Online Discussion Forums

Posted by: leelefever on February 18, 2014- 10:13am

Categories: Common Craft Video, community, discussion, forums, moderation, social media

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Today we’re announcing a new member-requested video that explains online discussion forums in about 2.5 minutes.     Watch it now About this video: In the real world, we depend on discussions for learning and socializing. It’s how we relate to one another. The same thing happens on the Web, and thanks to discussion forums we have a reliable way to organize and discover information in the form of discussions among people anywhere in the world.  It teaches: The role of discussion forums on the... 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

New Video: Domain Names and Hosting

Posted by: leelefever on November 12, 2013- 11:22am

Categories: business, Common Craft Video, domain names, hosting, websites

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Getting a custom website up and running can seem complicated. This video about Domain Names and Hosting explains the basic elements that make it work by following the story of Emma, a dog walker. Watch it now.   What it Teaches: This video explains the steps that one takes to have a custom built website. Our character Emma has a dog walking business and needs a website. A friend walks her through the process of finding a domain name and getting the site online. It teaches: • How to research... Continue Reading

New Video: Video Editing Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on October 3, 2013- 11:26am

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, video, video editing

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Today, everyone can be a video producer with the help of a computer and editing software. This video, a top request of our members, explains the big ideas behind video editing.  Watch it now.   What it Teaches: We are shooting and sharing video more than ever before. To make it useful, we need to learn the basics of turning raw video footage into a short video. This is the story of Liz, who edits a video for her company’s website.  It teaches: How video footage moves from the... Continue Reading

Video: Computer Networks

Posted by: leelefever on August 27, 2013- 11:02am

Categories: Common Craft Video, computer, internet, networks, technology, web

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The chances are, you use computer networks every day. Whether you connect to a network at your workplace, or use the Internet at home, computer networks help information get to you efficiently.   But have you wondered how they work or what’s really happening when you visit a web page? This video makes it easy: Watch it now.   What it Teaches:   This video focuses on the basics of computer networks, and how data and information are shared. It teaches: The basic idea of a network, online and... Continue Reading

Video: Image Resolution and Pixels

Posted by: leelefever on July 9, 2013- 10:32am

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, Images, photography, pixels, video

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I will bet you know people who need this video. It's designed to relate the basic ideas behind resolution and pixels in digital images.   This video follows the story of Neil, who learns why he can’t enlarge and print a photo that was taken with his phone.  Using an analogy of a blanket, the video illustrates what happens when a small image is enlarged and what’s needed for printing larger photos.  It teaches: The basics of pixels in digital images Why a digital image with a small number of... Continue Reading

New Video on VPNs!

Posted by: leelefever on May 28, 2013- 10:13am

Categories: business, Common Craft Video, internet, networks, security, VPN, workplace

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Based on suggestions and votes from Common Craft members, we just published a new video called Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) - Explained by Common Craft.     What it Teaches: This video explains the business use of Virtual Private Networks. It tells the story of Candice who discovers her new employer’s VPN, which means she can securely connect to the company network over the Internet.    • Why normal Internet connections are not secure for business information • Why VPNs make sense for... Continue Reading
Based on suggestions and votes from Common Craft members, we just published a new video called Website Evaluation - Explained by Common Craft.   About: This video walks through the basics of evaluating a website to find quality information. It encourages viewers to evaluate websites in the way an editor would review an article.  By thinking like an editor, we can be our own gatekeeper and learn to find the most trustworthy information. It teaches:   • Why editors matter in helping books and... Continue Reading

New Video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs

Posted by: leelefever on March 21, 2013- 11:25am

Categories: APIs, Common Craft Video, internet, technology, web

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Today we’re announcing a new video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs - Explained by Common Craft   Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, are a fundamental part of the Web. By connecting websites and applications to specialized functions over the Internet, they can help websites become more fully featured and productive. Watch it now.   What it teaches:   This video tells the story of Carson, who has an idea to sell interactive maps on his website. Rather than buying and... Continue Reading

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