3-12, Apps, Education, Research, Student Products, Teaching Tools, Videos

Revisiting TouchCast

Two students present their TouchCast on 5 Strange Animals
Two students present their TouchCast on 5 Strange Animals

Last August, I did a post on a new, promising iPad app (also available for use on PC) called, “TouchCast.”  In my post, I offered some possible uses for the app, which allows you to create videos with special interactive features, in classrooms.  I’ve been noting mentions of it on social media, and gauging the interest in the world of education.  Slowly, I’ve observed educators beginning to use it.  Users seem to be very happy with its added features, which you can read about on my previous post.

I recently received an e-mail from TouchCast that showed that it has definitely ramped up support for teachers since the last time I reviewed it.  You can download a PDF of a training presentation for teachers from their website here. You can also e-mail the Touchcast crew at edu@TouchCast.com if you are interested in participating in one of their pilot programs.  In addition, TouchCast is looking for great examples of educators who use the app, offering EduCast Pioneer badges to those who create exemplary TouchCasts. (E-mail them if you know of an educational TouchCast that should be considered.)

There are two main uses that I see for TouchCast in schools.  One is to use it for “flipping” the classroom.  Here is a great example, by Packwoman, that was featured in the recent TouchCast e-mail I received.  Here is another teacher video on Bloom’s Taxonomy.  The other educational use of TouchCast is for student-created videos.  Many are using it for student newscasts, as it has a green screen feature.  But other students, like this one, are using it to present research or field trip information.  You can see more educational examples on the Educast Channel on TouchCast.

If you have iPads in the classroom, and students who are ready for something a bit more advanced then using the native Camera app for making videos, you should definitely investigate the free TouchCast app!