What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TouchCast is a cool video app that allows users to create professional-looking videos incorporating elements from multiple sources. 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 kids to encounter iffy content on the app, but TouchCast's community guidelines discourage sexually explicit content, violence, and hate speech.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- producing new content
- perspective taking
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- making wise decisions
- digital creation
- social media
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
What's it about?
Sample videos and tutorials help you see what formats and features are available with TOUCHCAST. Then, it's time to create a video. Choose to create a breaking newscast, a travel diary, a how-to video, or a theme that's uniquely your own. When it's time to create your video, you do more than just hit the record button. In addition to your own content, you can choose from a variety of vApps to add to the video. For example, you can add a Facebook page, Twitter feed, or news ticker to the side of the screen. You can also write on top of the video using the whiteboard feature and add special video and sound effects. Once finished, save the video privately or opt to make it public and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
Is it any good?
TouchCast is cool. Really cool. It's not just about recording a video; it's about all the extra features included. Choosing a fun theme for the video is just the start. Users can make their videos more interesting by adding Twitter feeds and Google News tickers. They can use the green-screen option to put themselves in front of unique backgrounds or add a teleprompter to help them remember what they want to say. When they're finished, they can share it with their friends or even with the world. The ability to bring in additional content, such as Google News or Twitter feeds, as well as the ability to share the videos, introduces privacy concerns and could expose users to inappropriate content. If properly supervised, however, teens can create some pretty awesome videos.
Families can talk about...
Watch your teen's videos, offering suggestions for improvement or asking questions about the content.
Talk with teens about how to use TouchCast safely, including showing them how to save their videos as "local" instead of "public" and discussing the issues that arise from sharing videos with the world.