Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Jeff Gray, KET
TouchCast is a very interesting iOS and pc app for making multimedia project videos for the web. For iPad and pcs, it’s something quite different but well worth investigating for classroom project building because of its remarkable features, called Video Apps, or vApps, that when added to a project offer quite a lot of media-sharing power.
Included is a chromakey/greenscreen feature with built-in virtual sets that teachers and students can use to build news programs with the flair of a professional-looking newsroom set. My test video above is a rather dry example. I’ve heard of some Kentucky schools using the app to make greenscreen news videos so please let me know if you are. TouchCast’s greenscreen feature can be used to place students in backgrounds related to classroom projects along with references to other content.
One can record video presentations directly into the app and narrate using a built-in teleprompter, and while there’s no video editing, TouchCast’s project building timeline acts an editor in that one assembles inserted media and links to external media along a timeline for playback and viewing from within the resulting video. If you fluff a take you just re-record and TouchCast makes it pretty simple.
Sharing of the end-result is from the TouchCast-hosted site via the provided link and embedding code in the player. See more information for educators at the TouchCast Education site, including examples of student-made Educasts, teacher-made lesson plans, and a downloadable TouchCast Educator Guide by Dr. Ayelet Segal, head of TouchCast Education.
Here’s a good example of a TouchCast project to help 7th grade students learn genetics. It features use of the greenscreen feature and some links out to other media. Try clicking on the blue buttons in the TouchCast player to skip around or view related media. You can then click to return to the main TouchCast video. Try a click on the picture of the teacher’s lesson plan toward the end of the video to view and download it, for example. It will be clearer once you try it, trust me.