National Survey Indicates High School Students Preference for Online Learning to Expand Educational Choices
Students, Teachers and Parents Identify Significant Value of Online Learning in New Report: Learning in the 21st Century
NASHVILLE, TN, Oct 17, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- National School Boards Association Annual T+L conference --
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) a leading provider of enterprise
solutions for the education industry and Project Tomorrow, a national
education nonprofit group, today announce the release of Learning in
the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning. The report
underscores the importance and value which online learning plays in
increasing student and teacher achievement.
Key findings from the report include:
-- 47 percent of surveyed students in grades 9-12 and 32 percent of
students in grades 6-8 would pursue online learning to secure courses not
offered at school;
-- One in five student respondents in grades 6-12 have taken an online or
distance learning course at school or on their own, and one in three
students selected online classes as a component of their ideal school;
-- 77 percent of teachers believe that technology makes a difference in
learning and 28 percent would like to see online courses offered as an
alternative in their district; and
-- 42 percent of parents believe that online classes are a good
investment to improve student achievement and to track their child's
"As schools are exploring new ways to engage today's students,
online learning options are crucial," said Julie Evans, CEO of Project
Tomorrow. "Increasingly, students, teachers and parents say that
online learning is an essential component of the ideal 21st century
The findings of Learning in the 21st Century are based upon data
collected as part of the Speak Up 2006 survey conducted from over
250,000 students, teachers and parents representing almost 3,000
schools in the United States.
In-Depth Research/Analysis Conducted in Six Varying School Districts
Learning in the 21st Century includes in-depth profiles of six school
districts effectively leveraging a variety of online learning
methodologies to address a range of 21st century education goals.
These goals include the use of 21st century tools to:
-- Help students manage the challenge of graduation requirements and
-- Share more opportunities for advanced placement courses while
providing access to highly qualified teachers; and
-- Offer professional development and support peer-to-peer learning for
In addition, the report provides insight into the numerous ways the
featured districts gained value from adding online learning to their
own spectrum of learning opportunities.
"Teachers collaborate with each other," said Michelle Gotico, a 7th
grade social studies teacher at Poe Middle School, in Fairfax,
Virginia. "There are so many resources on the site (the Blackboard
platform); I would not be able to teach without it."
"In today's classroom, students are asking for options to help them
succeed in school and in life," said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, Blackboard
President of K-12. "Students and teachers alike deserve all of the
learning options available to them -- whether they want to take an AP
class or access a special professional development course. Blackboard
is excited to partner with schools and districts to provide engaging
learning technologies to make sure that all students and teachers
have access to an engaging and excellent education."
The Blackboard-commissioned report, conducted by Project Tomorrow,
the facilitator of the annual Speak Up surveys, was unveiled at the
National School Boards Association annual T+L conference being held in
Nashville, Tenn. October 17-19, 2007. The full report is available for
download free of charge at
About Project Tomorrow and Speak Up
Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow (formerly known
as NetDay), a national education nonprofit group. The vision of
Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) is to ensure that today's students
are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders and engaged
citizens of the world. Project Tomorrow believes that by supporting
the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our
K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical
thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and
thrive in the 21st century.
Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and reported on the authentic,
unfiltered views from over 857,000 K-12 students, their teachers and
parents representing over 10,000 schools in all 50 states through an
annual online survey event held each fall. The Speak Up data
represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered
stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills,
schools of the future and science instruction, and the data is used
regularly by education, business and policy leaders to inform
federal, state and local education programs.
The 2007 Speak Up online surveys are open for input from K-12
students, teachers, parents and for the first time ever, school
leaders, from October 15 through December 15, 2007. All US and
Canadian public and private schools are invited to participate. More
information about participating in Speak Up 2007 is available at
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe,
including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education
providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused
merchants that serve education providers and their students.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
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