Blackboard Launches Mobile Education Platform in Mexico
With Blackboard Mobile, Students can Access Information on the Go
MEXICO CITY, Feb 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) announced today the launch of Blackboard Mobile(TM) in Mexico and Latin America, bringing students the ability to access a rich set of campus services and content when they want, where they want, with their smartphone or Web-enabled cell phone.
The Blackboard Mobile platform allows schools, colleges and universities to provide a mobile application for students and the whole educational community to access course catalogs and campus maps, e-mail professors and classmates, and receive real time updates on course schedules, campus events, news and sports directly on their mobile devices.
The Blackboard Mobile platform enriches the educational experience and supports the new lifestyle of students by allowing them to have access to a full range of school services in their pocket. Blackboard Mobile's flagship application, Mobile Central(TM), is now available in Spanish with optimized applications for the Apple(R) iPod Touch(R), iPhone(R) and BlackBerry(R) devices although it is also available to users of any Web-enabled cell phone.
"Institutions are looking for new ways to engage and support their communities, and we're building a mobile platform that helps them do that," said Michael Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "Increasingly, we hope to help institutions change expectations by enabling mobile services and interactions that represent the full range of the education and campus experience."
Blackboard's mobile technology is already in use at a growing number of leading colleges and universities in the U.S., and is available in English or Spanish in Mexico and throughout Latin America.
Blackboard Mobile is branded for each institution and accessed by users who download their institution's free application. With Mobile Central, users have access to course catalogs, directories and maps, they can identify exact campus locations with GPS and they can check campus news, schedules, and real-time scores for athletic teams. In addition, open APIs for Blackboard Mobile enable institutions to extend the platform's offerings to fully customize and personalize the school's iPhone, BlackBerry and mobile Web interfaces.
For more information about Blackboard Mobile, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/mobile.
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.
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