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Common Craft Videos: Computers & Networks

Artificial Intelligence (cc) 3:15

The goal of artificial intelligence is to create computers that are as intelligent as humans. This video teaches how we use forms of artificial intelligence today and  what is required for computers to teach themselves.

Agile Methodology (cc) 3:27

Using an analogy of two road-tripping teams, this video teaches the two basic approaches to software projects: Agile and Waterfall. It highlights how Agile Methodology offers the chance to reach better than expected outcomes.

Applications Programming Interfaces (APIs) (cc) 2:47

This video tells the story of Carson, who has an idea to sell interactive maps on his website. Rather than buying and implementing all the tools himself, he discovers APIs that help him get started quickly and build upon a foundation provided by specialists.It explains how APIs work, using examples of map data and credit card transactions.

Big Data (cc) 2:28

Incredible amounts of data are produced every day, so much that we can’t use it all.  Big data is a term used to describe the tools and processes that seek to make this data useful and productive.  This video uses the example of traffic data to teach where big data comes from and how it’s collected. It also explains why special tools are required to use it and the three big challenges: Volume, Variability and Velocity.

BitTorrent (cc) 3:14

This video teaches the basics of how BitTorrent's technology works to make it easy and fast to download files from the Internet.

Cloud Computing (cc) 2:50

Using a simple story of a growing florist business, this video explains the basics of cloud computing: how it works and why it makes sense for businesses and individuals. It also explains the difference between on-site computing and cloud computing.

Computer Hardware (cc) 2:51

This video introduces three parts of computer hardware: hard drive, RAM, processor. The video uses a house metaphor to illustrate the role of each part, including the role of hardware to store information.

Computer Networks (cc) 2:28

This video focuses on the basics of computer networks, and how data and information are shared.

Computer Software (cc) 3:20

This video introduces the role of software in making computers useful. It focuses on different kinds of software and software's roles in computers and other tools we use every day.

Computer Viruses and Threats (cc) 3:12

This video explains computer viruses by comparing them to human viruses and focuses on the role of prevention in being protected.  It includes a basic look at computer viruses as computer programs that can spread like a disease and can be prevented by anti-virus software with an ntroduction to worms and trojans.

IP Addresses (cc) 2:34

Without IP addresses the internet could not function. They are essential. Unfortunately, because IP addresses are often hidden from view, we rarely hear or learn about them. This video reveals the powerful role they play on the web through a useful analogy involving traditional mail.

Open Source Software (cc) 2:49

This video follows the story of a software developer who created a new tool and is trying to figure out the tool will be shared and supported in the future. It explains why open source makes sense for some type of software and how it differs from a closed source or proprietary software.

Programming Languages (cc) 2:41

How do we tell computers what to do? Using the simple example of a computer controlling an oven’s temperature, we show how programming languages turn our ideas into instructions the computer can use. It teaches why programming languages matter and how we give computers a way to make decisions.


Sharepoint (cc) 2:53

This video explains how Sharepoint, a tool, can help manage and organize all the messages, document and calendars in one place.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) (cc) 2:21

This video explains the business use of Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. It tells the story of Candice who discovers her new employer’s VPN means she can securely connect to the company network over the Internet.


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