At this week's Worldwide Partners Conference in Washington, D.C., Microsoft will be sharing news about new and expanded cloud services and some incredible innovations in productivity. But just as important, we'll be recognizing our many partners who work tirelessly – day-in and day-out – to develop technology that changes lives. It's a commitment we share and it's what makes the Microsoft education community so strong. One of those committed partners is ITWORX, a Microsoft partner for over 15 years and Microsoft Public Sector Education Partner of the Year.
ITWORX Education provides K-12 teachers, students, parents and school leaders with rich, customized e-learning platforms that feature teaching, learning, administrative and reporting tools. The Dubai-based company has delivered customized solutions to over 1,400 schools in Europe and the Middle East, and their customers are seeing results. According to Badria Yousif of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education, "By partnering with ITWORX Education we can enable our children to learn smarter, and at their own speed."
ITWORX Education solutions are not only easy-to-use, they foster the connections and collaboration that are so critical in 21st century learning. Mobile apps like EduShare, StudyLIVE and TeachLIVE are integrated in a Connected Learning Gateway (built on the SharePoint platform) to support anywhere/anytime learning, creating virtual classrooms through Office 365. Parents can get involved in their students' learning journey through ParentLIVE. And learning apps like Fun2Learn, MathSprint and A-B-C Kinetic make lessons fun and engaging for students, leading to better learning outcomes.
At a recent awards ceremony recognizing their exemplary work at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in Dubai, ITWORX CEO Hatem Sallam noted, "We are embracing a new era of education with mobile technology solutions which allows the school environment to be connected, anytime, anywhere. Integrating technology in the lives of students, faculty, administrators and parents is a dynamic endeavor but it can also be challenging to evolve the mindsets and practices of the individuals."
As it turns out, evolving mindsets and practices is exactly what ITWORX is doing, and doing well. Of course, ITWORX is just one of our many incredible partners on this important journey. I'd also like to recognize Corinth, Dell, and Learning Possibilities, Ltd. – all finalists for Education Partner of the Year and, in their own unique ways, key contributors to global education reform efforts.
Transforming education for the 21st century is a complex mission that requires many partnerships – between schools and communities, parents and teachers and, in the case of Microsoft, between a myriad of developers and hardware manufacturers who are taking the proven Windows technology platform to new heights. Through innovative apps and approaches like those from ITWORX Education, we are making significant progress in education reform – together.
Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft