What is OTT?

I learned a new educational acronym today, OTT, for Over the Top Technologies. OTT are technologies that aid in the delivery of audio, video, and media content via the Internet, without without requiring users to subscribe to, or pay for a service such as Comcast or DirecTV. It can be delivered to every device that can be connected to the Internet. Some examples of OTT interfaces are Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon Video. Some examples of online learning via OTT are TEDEd and edX. There are three ways OTT will be critical to education in the near future:

1. AS budgets for educational providers continue to shrink, OTT will lower costs.
2. Online and blended learning are big investors in OTT.
3. OTT can support OER (open educational resources).

6 eLearning Products from Educause 2016

They are:

1. Efficient IP helping campuses boost DNS security
2. Cengage’s learning objects fully prepared for competency-based education
3. Citirx’s classroom virtualization software
4. Bomgar’s two-point verification software
5. D2L’s Autumn16 release – Desire to Learn is a LMS
6. Blackboard is trying to improve the accessibility of its LMS.

Adobe Spark

Adobe has unified all its tools for creating stories with text, graphics, audio, and video  into a tool they call Spark. The Spark app now includes the mobile apps formerly called Post, Voice, and Slate. These apps are now called Page, Post, and Video.

Turnitin Revision Assistant

Turnitin, the company behind the plagiarism checker, has launched Revision Assistant, a formative writing tool for students in grades 6-12 and higher ed students in developmental writing classes. The tool gives students instant feedback while they are writing. Ninety-Four percent of students in a pilot study conduced in 2015 revised their work at least once while writing with Revision Assistant. It is now being used in several school districts across the country.

Reflector 2

Reflector is a software application that performs like a wireless mirroring and streaming receiver. It works with both Macintosh and Android devices. “Mirror your content to the big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo applications or present from the palm of your hand. Even send your screens directly to YouTube for others to watch live. Everything you do on your device can be wirelessly sent to Reflector!.’ 

This is not a product endorsement. I have not downloaded and tried out this product, I will report on it when I do.