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Common Craft goes to school

For many of us, Common Craft has been a learning fixture. 

We’ve relied on those delightfully simple and brief introductions to explain complex ideas from apps to zombies.

We’ve shared them in professional development sessions. We’ve used them to introduce concepts in digital citizenship.  They helped us introduce new technologies to classes. When we needed to explain what a wiki was to a wiki-reluctant colleague, Common Craft offered the go-to explanation.

For years I’ve tried to draw my own little cut-outs in homage to Lee LeFever’s work.  (In fact, the only paper files of any value I found in cleaning out my physical file cabinets, were my folders of CC-inspired, student-drawn cutouts.)

So I was delighted to discover that Lee, and his wife and business partner Sachi, recently opened up Common Craft’s art and resources to educators.

A reasonably-priced subscription, allows educators to use and embed the library of Common Craft videos (with English captions) and to use the Cut-outs to create their own explanations.

Membership offers access to 800+ original images, downloadable as either PowerPoint or zip files.

Membership also offers access to Common Craft’s Know-how resources–videos and PDFs–designed to guide users through the creation of explanations.  (A few of these are publicly available.)

The library is growing. Recently added content includes Cut-outs of  hundreds of maps and places–landmarks, states, continents, countries.

While no classroom or library model is available for purchase, an individual teacher subscription provides you, as librarian, the tools you need to create powerful explanational goodness!

Imagine what this could do for your flipping repertoire and for customizing/personalizing your introductions to inquiry strategies, digital ethics, new tech tools, and more.

In other Common Craft news, a new partnership offers Common Craft members 10% off GoAnimate membership. (Who doesn’t love GoAnimate?)  Common Craft members who join get the Cut-outs to use within GoAnimate’s digital storytelling program. These upgrades open the library of all Common Craft Cut-outs for $59 a year. Note: Unfortunately, this applies to the standard, NOT the GoAnimate school plan.
Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Thanks so much for the post Joyce! As we discussed recently, media creation on the Web has become much easier thanks to new tools. Our hope is to inspire educators to experiment and find ways to create videos (and other content) that make education more fun and effective.

  2. LOVE this! I’ve been searching for alternatives to powerpoint and other webtool presentation creators. Thank you so much for sharing this!


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