Blackboard and Thinkronize Partner to Provide Safe Search Capabilities for K-12 Students and Educators
New Blackboard Building Block(TM) Integrates netTrekker d.i. Into Blackboard's Learning Management Platform
ORLANDO, FL, Jan 23, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise
technology to the education industry and Thinkronize, Inc., developer
of netTrekker d.i., a leading educational search engine, announced a
new partnership today at the FETC 2007 conference. Through this
partnership, K-12 teachers, students, and parents can directly search
and access more than 180,000 educator-selected, standards-aligned
resources from netTrekker d.i., directly within their Blackboard(R)
learning management platform. This integration is possible through a
new beta version of the netTrekker Blackboard Building Block.
Blackboard Building Blocks are third party applications which enable
schools and districts to extend and customize their Blackboard
The netTrekker Blackboard Building Block beta is also being made
available for the Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition(TM). Introduced six
months ago, the hosted Blackboard K-12 Starter Edition features a
variety of resources for K-12 districts in the early stages of
establishing an e-Learning strategy. The netTrekker Blackboard
Building Block beta is available to customers who have licensed both
netTrekker d.i. and Blackboard technology.
"This new partnership brings the power of content and internet search
capabilities into K-12 classes so that teachers and parents can feel
secure and comfortable," said Michael Chasen, President and CEO of
Blackboard. "With access to netTrekker d.i. directly in the Blackboard
environment, students and teachers can easily and conveniently search
for standards-aligned content relative to their specific classes."
More than 400 state, local and private education providers in the
K-12 sector license Blackboard's software serving approximately 1,200
schools and districts. Over 9.3 million students, teachers, and
librarians nationwide, including state adoptions in Pennsylvania and
Tennessee, currently use netTrekker d.i. for safe, targeted searching.
The Cobb County School District in Georgia relies on both netTrekker
d.i. and Blackboard technology and expects the integration of these
tools to provide significant benefits to all members of its K-12
"Our teachers and students are regularly searching online with
netTrekker d.i. for information and resources," said Nancy Howell, Ed.
S., Distance Learning Consultant for the Cobb County district. "The
ability to search netTrekker d.i. directly in the Blackboard
environment will save our students, teachers and parents a lot of
time and effort. This is definitely an all-around win-win
"As education continues to move online, our commitment is to be a
leader in this transformation, providing solutions that facilitate
e-learning. netTrekker d.i.'s integration into Blackboard's learning
management platform delivers a very powerful digital solution for
schools and districts who are teaching AND achieving with
technology," said Christine Willig, President of Thinkronize.
For more information on the Thinkronize Blackboard partnership and
the netTrekker Blackboard Building Block beta please visit Blackboard
Booth #1074 and netTrekker Booth #859 on the FETC show floor.
The netTrekker Blackboard Building Block beta can be downloaded free
of charge by current customers from the Blackboard Building Blocks
catalogue at http://www.blackboard.com/extend/b2/.
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.
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.(TM)
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 November 9, 2006 with the SEC. In addition, the
forward-looking statements included in this press release represent
the Company's views as of January 23, 2007. 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 January 23, 2007.
About the netTrekker Product Suite
The netTrekker product line includes award-winning educational search
products for both the education (netTrekker classic and netTrekker
d.i.) and consumer (netTrekker home) markets. Unlike ordinary search
engines, products from the netTrekker suite provide fast and easy
access to only the best, pornography-free, educational resources from
the entire Internet in a safe, organized, standards-aligned format.
Using netTrekker search products, educators, school librarians,
students, and parents save valuable time because they are directed to
relevant, reliable, educator-selected Web sites every time -- meaning
less time spent on searching and more time focused on teaching,
learning, and achieving. For more information about the netTrekker
suite, visit www.netTrekker.com.
Thinkronize, an Internet developer of K-12 educational products, was
founded in 1999 by Robert Reinders, and grew out of a passion for and
commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with the Internet and
standards-based online resources. The company launched its flagship
product, netTrekker classic, in October 2000 and has since expanded
the product line to include netTrekker d.i., designed for use in
schools to help educators meet individual students' learning needs,
and netTrekker home, available for purchase by parents whose district
or school has not yet purchased a netTrekker subscription. Peers,
educators, and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker
product suite 17 times for their contribution to education. Most
recently, netTrekker home was awarded The National Parenting Center's
Seal of Approval, earning a position among an elite group of products
recommended to parents by TNPC. In addition, Thinkronize was also
named to the 2006 Inc. 500 List as one of the fastest growing
privately held companies in the United States. The company currently
serves nearly 9.3 million students in 49 states, including adoptions
by key districts and states nationwide. For more information visit
www.thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.
Senior Manager Public Relations at Blackboard:
202-463-4860 ext. 2404
Contact via http://www.marketwire.com/mw/emailprcntct?id=547A88F730BE245C
Media Contact, Fleishman-Hillard:
+1 202 828-8819
Contact via http://www.marketwire.com/mw/emailprcntct?id=3E3E90A39587B87A
Contact via http://www.marketwire.com/mw/emailprcntct?id=97DAEBF56D261818
SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.