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:
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.
Teachers have been using ClassDojo to share photos, videos, and messages between themselves and students for years. Now, whole schools can be connected over this platform.
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 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!.’
A report from the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit details how to shift to tech-enabled personalized learning. From eSchool News, May 22, 2015.