Teacher Review For TouchCast

Great for creating a public service announcement

Brad B.
Technology coordinator
Oswego County Boces
Mexico, NY
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, English Language Learning
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I've personally used TouchCast with 7th graders to create a health-related, collaborative public service announcement and they loved it. Be sure to provide a brief tutorial of basic features before letting students use TouchCast; this will avoid confusion and/or frustration. Pros: Editing is easy, supports the import of video clips and audio, green screen feature is very easy to use. Cons: Wealth of features may overwhelm some, interface can be confusing (practice using it first, watch tutorials).
My Take
Accompanied with a paper storyboard and a 15 minute tutorial, students were able to make their PSA come to life using TouchCast. There are a variety of recording and editing features, but the app can still appeal to the novice user. Students can easily edit the order of video clips with the drag of a finger, seamlessly insert vapps (video apps) such as images, charts, webpages and more to illustrate their ideas. The basis for my TouchCast project was as an alternative to a health-related research paper. Students worked in small groups, taking turns using some of the different features. The finished projects brought to life the students' visions in a way that a research paper likely could not. I would use TouchCast again.