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Powell County Schools Explore iOS Video at KET Media Lab

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0008aVicky Brown and Jennifer Francis, along with colleagues Kristin Richardson and Connie Nobles from Bowen Elementary, Powell County, brought students to KET’s Media Lab in December for a workshop in iPad Video Production.

These students already make school video projects using traditional camcorders and pcs for editing. Their teachers wanted them to explore using Apple iPads to make complete video productions within the device using the built-in camera and the iMovie editing app. iPads and similar portable devices by other manufacturers represent quite a savings to educators in equipment cost, teaching time, and class project development time.

Here are some pictures of the Bowen Elementary students exploring the iPad for video production. During the workshop they learned the basics of using the iPad camera; capturing good video and audio segments; arranging segments in the iMovie app’s editing timeline; changing segment properties such as length and audio volume; adding text titles; using built-in title/music templates; recording audio into the timeline, and more.


Here’s an example student-produced video project from the workshop…

If you’d like to bring public, private, or homeschool students to KET for a free KET Media Lab multimedia production workshop and a tour of KET, please contact
Jeff Gray, KET Education Division.

St. Leo School, Versailles, at KET for iPad Workshops and Tours

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0120aMs. Kate Cosgrove of St. Leo school in Versailles, KY, brought 5th-to-8th-grade students to KET over two days for KET Media Lab worksops in iPad video production and greenscreen effects. They also took tours of the KET multimedia production facility in Lexington.

To date, the Apple iMovie video editing app for iOS doesn’t include a chromakey/greenscreen effect. Other video editing apps don’t either, but it’s worth mentioning that the Touchcast app for multimedia projects does. It’s a special app we covered in a previous blog on TouchCast. Check it out, especially its greenscreen feature with news background that schools can use for impressive results.

Otherwise, for making greenscreen effects videos to include in iOS video editing projects, many educators like the excellent quality one can get from the Greenscreen by DoInk iOS app.

Above is an example from the St. Leo workshop in which students used the Greenscreen by DoInk app to make quick greenscreen video tests.

If you’d like to bring public, private, or homeschool students to KET for a
KET Media Lab multimedia production workshop and a tour of KET, please contact Jeff Gray, KET Education Division.

TouchCast App for School Video Does Greenscreen & Much More

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.

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