Blackboard Unveils Its First Customized Solution for the K-12 Market; The Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition(TM) Provides a Central Online Hub for Teaching and Learning
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2006--Blackboard Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to education
institutions worldwide, announces a new customized e-Learning product
for the K-12 market, the Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition(TM). This new
solution is a hosted package featuring a variety of resources for K-12
districts in the early stages of establishing an e-Learning strategy.
The Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition combines curriculum delivery,
professional development, home-to-school connections and community
building capabilities in one central online hub. Designed to meet the
needs of districts, teachers, parents and students, the Blackboard
K-12 Starter Edition enables districts to:
-- Easily provide classroom materials online with students
(without having to know HTML);
-- Engage parents by allowing them to view student progress;
-- Enable 24/7 access to learning materials in a secure
-- Offer innovative testing methods and self-assessments for
individualized learning paths; and
-- Take advantage of secure, around-the-clock, technology
"Blackboard (technology) has been a great solution for our virtual
high school system and some of our professional development
offerings," said Ryan LeClaire, Director of Instructional Technology
at Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, WA. "The Blackboard K-12
Starter Edition is the right fit for us at the right time. We can
employ most, if not all of the features, right out of the gate to
create a robust online learning environment, and can maintain, manage
and perhaps add on to it as our programs mature from infancy. The
Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition is an excellent value and clearly
demonstrates Blackboard's understanding of the fiscal, logistical, and
other complex issues school districts encounter as they implement new
The Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition is intended for districts in
the early stages of developing an e-Learning strategy. This new
solution offers a comprehensive platform for up to 2,000 users,
available at a competitive price point, to help districts get familiar
with the features and benefits of a learning management platform. A
Blackboard(R) training program is also available to help schools
kick-start the implementation. The Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition is
comprised of the features teachers and parents have requested such as
parent roles, moderated discussion boards, self assessments and
testing with multiple attempts.
"We developed the Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition to offer schools
and districts a quick and easy way to jump-start their e-Learning
initiatives as a catalyst for enhancing teaching and learning," said
Michael L. Chasen, president and chief executive officer of
Blackboard. "We have seen a lot of schools trying different programs
and disparate technologies to meet a variety of challenges. Many have
expressed an interest in one platform to streamline the process. The
Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition was developed to meet that need."
For more information on the Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition please
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. With two product suites, the
Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce Suite(TM),
Blackboard solutions are used by millions of people 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.
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.(TM)
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