Parents' Guide to

TouchCast Studio

By Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Awesome video creator presents some privacy concerns.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Great for Creating a Public Service Announcement

TouchCast has a variety of recording and editing features, but can still appeal to the novice user. Students can easily edit the order of video clips with the drag of a finger, seamless insert vapps (video apps) such as images, charts, webpages and more. I've personally used TouchCast with 7th graders to create a health-related, collaborative public service announcement and they loved it. Be sure to provide a brief tutorial of basic features before letting students use TouchCast; this will avoid confusion and/or frustration. Pros: Editing is easy, supports the import of video clips and audio, green screen feature is very easy to use. Cons: Wealth of features may overwhelm some, interface can be confusing (practice using it first, watch tutorials).

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age 15+

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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Is It Any Good?

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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.

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