TouchCast is an exciting new tool that combines video and the web in amazingly new interactive ways that I have never before seen. I believe TouchCast could be an exciting new for educators and students.
The ability to move and interact with the content on the screen during the video reminds me of the user interface used in the movie Minority Report. Very creative ability to both create and interact with various content. You can just tell when an app fully uses the capabilities of the iPad and TouchCast is one of those amazing apps that gets it right.
Regardless of what screen capture tool you are using in your classroom, I encourage you to give the free TouchCast app for iPad a try. I believe you will be blown away by its originality and possibilities in education. The creative possibilities for education are limited to only the mind of the user.
A TouchCast video is a new medium that looks like television but feels like the web. The high quality video looks and sounds great because it has built in tools like green screen, a teleprompter and more to allow you to create an awesome video, but then gives you this insane power to add touchable interactive links to any content you’d like.
Here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyLK8N4ovdg
With built in widgets and apps that the company call “vaps” you can overlay on your screen the ability to draw, take polls, web links, maps, videos, and so much more.
You can create videos that are fully browsable and alive. The videos are viewable on the device or on TouchCast’s website. (I know many will wish that the videos could be exported to YouTube or other services, but you must remember it would then lose it’s interactive capabilities.) TouchCast even allows users to create their own channels, so a teacher, or a school, could create a series of TouchCast videos for their district.
Grade: Wired Educator grades TouchCast app for iPad an “A+” and we look forward to sharing some amazing educational videos chucked full of interactivity.
Comments: Download this free app from iTunes and get started today.