- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- making new creations
- perspective taking
- digital creation
- social media
- using and applying technology
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.7: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.7.5||Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.|
|SL.8: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.8.5||Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.|
|SL.9-10: Comprehension and Collaboration|
|SL.9-10.2||Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.|
|Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.9-10.6||Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.|
|SL.11-12: Comprehension and Collaboration|
|SL.11-12.2||Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.|
|Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.11-12.6||Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.|
|W.8: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.8.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.|
|W.9-10: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.9-10.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.|
|W.11-12: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|W.11-12.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.|
|WHST.6-8: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|WHST.6-8.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.|
|WHST.9-10: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|WHST.9-10.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.|
|WHST.11-12: Production and Distribution of Writing|
|WHST.11-12.6||Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.|
ProsProfessional video templates incorporate elements from multiple sources, and creative features enhance the video's content.
ConsSome video components may contain inappropriate content.
Bottom LineTouchCast is a creative tool for students to use to present information, but teachers should monitor use.
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So many cool features, such as teleprompting, sound effects, customized feeds, and a whiteboard, turn these videos into professional productions.
The amount of creative control the app gives teens is empowering. Special themes encourage teens to incorporate current events, and social sharing is a large part of the experience.
Sample videos, video tutorials, and on-screen instructions guide users as they create their videos.
Sample videos and tutorials help you see what formats and features are available with TouchCast. If you want to get started right away, you can simply choose a template and press Record. However, virtually any video recording and editing app can create that kind of video. Instead of recording right away, take some time to explore the features. For example, maybe you want to add a Google newsreel or a Twitter feed related to the theme of your video. Perhaps you want to pre-write a script and use the teleprompter to guide you as you read it on the screen. If you're going for a specific feel, you might want to play around with the video filters or add in a few funky sound effects. Then, when you're ready, you can record and edit your video. Once finished, save the video privately or opt to make it public and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
The app requires users to be at least 13 years old, and teens under 18 need a parent's permission to use the app. Other TouchCast users can view and leave comments on videos not marked as "local," so there are some privacy concerns. There's also the potential for students to encounter iffy content using the app, but TouchCast's community guidelines discourage sexually explicit content, violence, and hate speech.Read More Read Less
When it comes to sharing what they've learned, students need to think beyond the traditional essay, research paper, poster, or slideshow presentation. TouchCast helps students take their projects further. Not only can they create their own videos, they can also extend their videos by adding current events, social networking feeds, and other apps to make their videos more comprehensive and much more interesting. Students will also learn to think critically about their videos; instead of adding in as many special effects as they can, they'll learn to choose the effects wisely and only add apps and content that enhance their presentations.Read More Read Less
Teachers in nearly every subject area can have students create a video to complement or, in some cases, replace a research paper or other project. For example, students in social studies may use the breaking news template to create a newscast about a current event or an important event in history. In language arts, students may create videos to summarize what's going on in a book, modernize scenes, or give book reviews. Science and math teachers may have students use the how-to template to describe important skills and concepts, or use some of the news headlines to present real-world examples of what they're learning in class.
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See How Teachers Are Using TouchCast
Field Notes Field Notes are reviews by teachers for teachers. In Field Notes, teachers rate products as well as share their hands-on experience with using the products in the classroom.
- Easy green screen recording with impressive results!Rachel M.
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA4October 10, 2014
- Great as an entry-level or beginner access to using Green Screen.4August 20, 2014
- Cast your creativity into the world with one touch!Stephanie J.
Little Rock School District Technology Center
Little Rock, AR5April 17, 2014