MENA Region’s First Educational Identity Access Management Platform and Marketplace Launches at GESS 2016
Dubai, UAE and Alameda, California – March 2, 2016 – EduTone, the company that provides schools with access and identity management tools to make sure technology doesn’t get in the way of learning, announced today at GESS 2016 in Dubai the launch of a version of its award-winning Global Grid for Learning (GGFL) cloud-based single sign-on (SSO) platform designed specifically for schools and institutions across the Arabic-speaking world. The announcement and distribution is in partnership with Almotahida Education Group, a turnkey education solutions provider and one of EduTone’s regional resellers and strategic partners in the Middle East.
“The Arab Grid for Learning will be the first Identity Access Management (IAM) platform and education marketplace in the Middle East. The Arab Grid will enable a seamless digital teaching and learning experience for educators, students and institutions – including a bilingual user interface that can easily toggle between English and Arabic – across the Arabic-speaking world,” said Julian Mobbs, CEO of EduTone. “The Arab Grid will also provide an opportunity for Arabic and global content owners and ed tech companies to showcase their content and services for the Arabic-speaking market.”
“Losing a few minutes every lesson to recover lost passwords or login to web-based resources can interrupt and distract from teaching and learning. Security also comes into play with the burden of remembering many passwords or sharing login credentials,” explained Mohamed Eliwa, Founder and CEO of Almotahida Education Group. “The Arab Grid for Learning gives every student and teacher their own single username and password and a single centralized point of access to all of their web-based resources. It works on any device and operating system and it doesn’t matter if you’re at school, at home or somewhere in between. The Grid will make it easier for schools to more widely support 1:1, BYOD and mobile interoperability.”
Central to the Arab Grid for Learning experience is a single sign-on Passport that provides a customizable and easy-to-use foldering and bookmarking environment from which to access all of a school or state’s web-based resources and a Marketplace to subscribe to and setup new resources with just a few clicks. Some of the popular content and services that students, teachers and families can connect to via the Arab Grid include EduTone’s own Global Grid for Learning Digital Content Library with over 2 million assets; AskZad from Almotahida, the first and largest Arabic digital library offering an extensive reference, cultural and academic database for higher education and Almotahida’s new SchooPedia, which customizes and extends the popularity of AskZad with enrichment resources for K-12 schools worldwide.
Schools and universities can easily upload users into the Arab Grid for Learning platform via CSV file or sync user data automatically via Microsoft Active Directory, LDAP, Google Apps, Office 365 or their existing LMS or SIS to setup and maintain permissions for web-based content and services with less effort. “The Arab Grid frees up people, time and money for educational institutions. Educators and students not only have easier access to web-based resources but institutions can scale more easily with less hardware, software, support requests and integrations,” added Mobbs.
EduTone and Almotahida Education Group are actively seeking business partnerships with existing networks to promote and distribute the Arab Grid for Learning and customized Grids for Learning for schools throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Educational entities, educational technology companies and training centers, as well as businesses selling into K-12 schools, are encouraged to contact EduTone at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.edutone.com and Almotahida at email@example.com and www.almotahidaeducation.com.
Easier access leads to more learning with less effort. EduTone provides schools with identity and access management tools to eliminate the barriers technology can create for learning. Our Global Grid for Learning is a single sign-on platform that works on any device to give every teacher, student, administrator, staff member and parent a single username, password and point of access for all their digital resources. DataZone is a data integration service that makes provisioning and maintaining web-based subscription services seamless by transferring key user data from your SIS or LMS. We provide schools with a more efficient and secure way to manage access to digital resources so they can refocus their energies on what’s most important. EduTone sells directly to schools and districts in the U.S. and around the world, distributes its solutions via resellers and works with white label partners to customize identity and access management tools for the educational institutions they serve. EduTone is a privately held corporation headquartered in Alameda, California, with affiliated offices in the UK and Australia. For more information, please visit www.edutone.com and www.globalgridforlearning.com.
About Almotahida Education Group
Almotahida Education Group, established in 1997, is a provider of turnkey education solutions for K-12 and vocational schools, lifelong learning centers and public libraries. Those solutions could include anything from customized curriculum development to creating interactive enrichment materials; equipping and integrating a smart school with technology and tools; and improving usage of your own materials by digitizing print and developing interactive lessons and quizzes. Additionally, Almotahida offers training for their products and services while also developing proprietary training workshops for schools and organizations. Almotahida collaborates with select world-class technology and education companies to offer unique products to their clients with localized versions when possible. For more information, please visit www.almotahidaeducation.com.
For More Info
Julian Mobbs – CEO, EduTone
Christina Hanna, EduTone
Egypt +20 1100 9000 98
Jan Diggs, Global Business Development Manager, Almotahida