Thursday, February 26, 2015

Touchcast - Smarter than video

If TouchCast is not a revolutionary idea, then at the very least it is extremely clever. 

Touchcast is built on HTML5 code, and it uses the iPad’s built-in camera, a useful collection of widgets (called vApps which are video-apps) and a timeline editor to help users to produce video productions reasonably quickly. 

How is TouchCast Different to YouTube?

TouchCasts are immersive and interactive. With the exception of inserted weblinks, YouTube videos are not. They are linear, sender-to-receiver experiences. 

Many Most educators use video extensively in the classroom, and so too do students. But videos are often often in isolation from other media or as a supplementary resource. For example we insert videos in our Keynotes or Google Slides; post to Schoology; or embed on our blogs. This is usually video used inside the web, or alongside it.

Touchcast reverses this inserting all this other media (websites, social media etc) inside the TouchCast video itself. The video is the central platform for all the content used by the teacher and/or student. It's video, but smart video. 


TouchCast is an App available only for iPads (2nd Generation and up). TouchCasts are available for viewing from
Download the TouchCast app.

Ideal additional equipment:

  • Tripod
  • Access to a Green Room (this is used in a number of the TouchCast 'Casts')
  • Microphone for iPad


Download a Touchcast Planning and Scripting Template (.pages format)
Download the official Touchcast Teacher training document

Student Examples: 

The following examples are our first attempts at KIS. Thank you to Ms Rance and Ms McCabe for sharing these samples of student work. They did really well, and this Fish Bowl PD is in large part a by-product of the collaborative learning that took place with these talented students.

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