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E-Learning Community to Come Together at BbWorld

NBC's Lester Holt to Keynote; Client Awards to Recognize "Best in e-Learning"

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced additional details for BbWorld(R) '09, its global user conference and one of the largest e-learning gatherings of the year scheduled to take place July 14-16 near Washington, D.C. in National Harbor, Maryland.

Award-winning journalist Lester Holt, weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News and the co-anchor of the weekend edition of TODAY, will give a keynote address, joining executives from Blackboard and Sir Ken Robinson, noted author and expert on education and creativity, who are also scheduled to keynote. During his prominent career, Holt has reported on events ranging from presidential elections to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Nearly 2,000 members of the e-learning community are expected to attend, including representatives from K-12, higher education and professional education from nearly every state and more than a dozen countries. Together, they will engage in concentrated training, professional development and networking opportunities designed to help them maximize current investments in technology and more effectively address some of their most urgent academic and institutional priorities.

More than 100 members of the ANGEL Learning community will attend BbWorld for the first time. Alongside members of the Blackboard user community, they will receive an update on progress since Blackboard's acquisition of ANGEL in May, and plans for the combined company to strengthen its support for e-learning at Blackboard and ANGEL institutions.

"We are excited to join with members of the Blackboard and ANGEL communities for the first time at BbWorld this year, and we look forward to sharing more on our plans to better support the important work they are doing," said Ray Henderson, President of Blackboard Learn and former Chief Products Officer for ANGEL. Henderson will join Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen in the company's executive keynote session.

At BbWorld, executives will also honor members of the Blackboard and ANGEL Learning client communities with the official presentation of the Blackboard Catalyst Awards and ANGEL Impact Awards. Each year, the award programs recognize outstanding contributions to the global e-learning community by highlighting work judged to be among the best in various categories of e-learning including course design, collaboration and innovative approaches to online and technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

"The individuals and institutions honored by the Blackboard Catalyst Awards and the ANGEL Impact Awards represent the very best in e-learning," said Henderson. "BbWorld is an important opportunity to recognize their meaningful contributions to teaching and learning, given the event's focus on training, development and the sharing of best practices."

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About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-Q filed on May 7, 2009 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of June 24, 2009. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to June 24, 2009.

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