We have a mission - to support education reform in public schools by giving students deeper learning experiences. With the constant digital stimulation around us, engaging with this YouTube generation has never been more difficult. Young people today are drawn to the world of online broadcasting and wish to communicate through video with their local and global community. At Touchcast, by supporting their natural communication habits, we are helping to create an environment in which they learn by doing. Hundreds of thousands of students create Touchcast Smart Videos in their classrooms every week—and they have fun doing it.
Touchcast Supports Educators.
We are thrilled to support students and teachers, who work so hard with so few resources. Our objective is to improve their lives and education—which is why we make Touchcast Studio available for free to anyone in the public school system. Get the Touchcast iPad app free for educators, and provide your students with a creative tool for hands-on projects in the classroom. Join our innovative teachers' community to support education reform for meaningful learning experiences.
What 21st century skills should we be teaching our children?
Educators today are required to teach 21st century skills to their students. They are challenged with developing new curriculum and teaching with new tools to meet these needs. Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Communication and Technology Literacy are all skills that children need to acquire. Through the process of using Touchcast, students create Smart Videos to present their work and learn all these skills seamlessly.
When creating a Touchast, students are required to research on the Web for resources to include in their video and learn how to filter this information. They must learn how to plan their Touchcast to engage their audience by writing a script, presenting in front of the camera, filming with the iPad, and editing. Lastly, they share their Touchcast with other students and schools, collaborating in teams during the process and preparing for the future.
We Connect Children around the World.
Touchcast is proud to power the GlobalCoLab project founded by Brian Jones and built by the Touchcast team. Students from around the world come together to collaborate on world issues impacting their communities, taking the concept of global learning and turning it into a reality. GlobalCoLab (GCL) is connecting children from over 60 classrooms. Students work together on hands-on science projects, document them with Touchcast Smart Videos and provide peer review for each other. To learn more go to www.GlobalCoLab.com
Awards & conferences.
We are regularly invited to educational technology conferences where we receive numerous awards for the best teaching and learning video platform.
Engaging with the YouTube generation.
By Dr. Ayelet Segal
This YouTube generation curates knowledge through video, and increasingly communicates through broadcasting. In the social media world they’re growing up in, anyone can be a broadcaster. With Touchcast, teachers can now use broadcasting tools to present information and to let their students communicate in a way in which they feel most comfortable and most creative. Touchcast allows educators and students around the world to easily create comprehensive and engaging interactive videos… and they have fun while doing it. All you need to do is look into the eyes of these youngsters as they say: 3, 2, 1, Action!
Dr. Ayelet Segal is the head of Touchcast Education. She has devoted the last twenty years exploring problems in the realm of Cognitive Psychology, Education and HCI (Human Computer Interaction), both in academia and industry. Dr. Segal earned a Masters and PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Education and Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University in NYC. Her research focuses on embodiment theory and gestural interfaces to promote cognition and learning. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Interactive Media from Middlesex University in London, UK.
"Touchcast has amazing capabilities to transform learning to both students and teachers alike."
Dr. Liz Meredith
Science Middle School Teacher & Technology Coordinator
Become an ambassador.
Apply for the Touchcast Ambassador program and join our innovative ambassadors who present Touchcast to educators in thousands of conferences and train teachers and students in their schools, inspiring them to create immersive learning experiences through Touchcast Smart Video.