TouchCast

Common Sense Media says

Awesome video creator presents some privacy concerns.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Arrows and short descriptions point out key features and guide users in creating their first videos. Sample videos and video tutorials provide support, too. When they're ready to create a video, users can quickly figure out what to do. Users are limited to five minutes per TouchCast and one hour of video uploads.

Violence

Violence is not promoted, but, with the inclusion of recent tweets as well as items from Google News and other outside feeds, it is possible for violent content to appear in projects.

Sex

Although not promoted, sexual content could appear in the Twitter feeds, Google News posts, or Instagram photos included as part of a project.

Language

Inappropriate or crude language may appear when information from outside sources appears within the app. For example, language issues may show up in a Twitter feed or in an Instagram photo.

Consumerism

Contests and promotions appear on the app's main screen. Google, Twitter, Instagram, and other websites and applications are promoted within the app. Although making purchases is not encouraged, promoting videos and sharing information about the app with friends is.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The app does not promote drinking, drugs, or smoking, but related content may appear when Twitter feeds, Google News highlights, or other feeds are included in a video.

Privacy & safety

You'll need an account to save and share projects. User channels can be added to TouchFeeds, and people around the world can view public videos. Per the privacy policy, TouchCast does not guarantee confidentiality when it comes to user information and content. Some features require a paid subscription, which requires entering payment information.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • speaking

Social Studies

  • events

Arts

  • film
  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • innovation
  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking

Communication

  • presenting
  • speaking
  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • making wise decisions

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

So many cool features, such as teleprompting, sound effects, customized feeds, and a whiteboard, turn these videos into professional productions.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

Sample videos, video tutorials, and on-screen instructions guide users as they create their videos.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • speaking

Social Studies

  • events

Arts

  • film
  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • innovation
  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking

Communication

  • presenting
  • speaking
  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • making wise decisions

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to turn their ideas and knowledge into professional videos with TouchCast. Templates and vApps require them to determine how to best display their content, and time limits require them to be concise. Adding in current events and social networking brings a whole new dimension to the videos and helps kids see the topics of their videos in a new light. With so many social elements involved, kids also learn how to safely present information online and avoid oversharing. With parental supervision, TouchCast can be a fantastic creative tool for teens to present information.

This Learning Rating review was written by Stacy Zeiger

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 25, 2013
Category:Photo & Video
Size:33.70 MB
Publisher:TouchCast
Version:1.0.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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Educator and Parent Written byMrsCrawford1998 January 11, 2015
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Touchcast supports the highest level of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy

Because Touchcast is easy to use and allows for remixing of content, it is a great video creation site. It is also very easy to share creations with a wider audience. For this reason, I would not recommend allowing young children to publish videos, although they create videos that remain locally on the device. Beyond privacy concerns, the current platform constricting of only on an iPad or a PC desktop are also a concern. Although Touchcast will work with an iPad 2, it works best with newest versions of iPads.
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