I usually don’t go out of my way to review iPad apps, as there are so many website that do just that. But as it is a strong possibility that my school will be 1:1 with iPads next year, I thought it would be good to share an app that I feel has tons of potential and really is perfect for a 1:1 environment. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is essential.
TouchCast is an app that allows you or your students to create interactive videos for flipping your classroom or as a presentation of information. Sound familiar? Well TouchCast does just about everything that other similar apps do and it is completely free! The best part is that it is not just a static video, but something you can click on and interact with in meaningful ways. TouchCast allows you to place small virtual apps that are placed in your videos and add interactive elements. CLICK HERE to download the app for iPad.
Here are a list of the features that I absolutely love:
-Record your video using either camera on your iPad and apply filters to the video, such as black and white.
-There is an option for using a whiteboard (similar to Educreations, Screen Chomp, etc.) as you record your video.
-There is a teleprompter feature within the app so you can type up what you are going to say and then read it back while recording. I put the teleprompter on the side of the iPad with the front-facing camera so I am actually looking into the lense.
-Easily insert a background using the green screen feature. With some green butcher paper and good lighting, you can create an image just like the one below.
-There are themes, such as the Breaking News one, that automatically add some nice little virtual apps to your TouchCast.
-Students can answer multiple-choice questions within the TouchCast and receive immediate feedback on whether they answered it correctly. They also can submit responses to survey questions and see the percent of people who picked each response while watching the TouchCast.
-Every user on TouchCast has a channel. Your students can follow your channel and see all your updates. And if your students don’t have iPads available, you can upload your TouchCasts to YouTube easily, though interactive elements are not usable on YouTube.