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Masconomet Regional School District Selects Blackboard after Major Evaluation of Leading LMSs


District to Use Blackboard for Blended Learning

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a two-year-long evaluation of six of the industry's leading learning management systems (LMS), Masconomet Regional School District has selected Blackboard Learn as part of its strategy to implement a 21st-century learning environment for staff and students. In the evaluation, one of the most comprehensive in the industry, Blackboard Learn was the only platform to meet every criterion the Massachusetts district identified as a desired quality in an LMS.

District officials found the student tracking, analytics, mobile functionality and adaptive release capabilities within Blackboard Learn to be the strongest in helping teachers foster collaborative engagements and tailor materials and assessments to different learning styles. Student calendars that update automatically when assignments are added or due dates are changed will help streamline workflows, and the platform will also help align activities and learning resources to Common Core standards.

Masconomet's IT staff will be able to leverage Blackboard's 24/7 support team to download software, obtain reference materials and receive management assistance, allowing their team to dedicate more time and resources to other teaching and learning initiatives.

"It may sound funny, but Blackboard Learn will help us take technology out of the way of teaching and learning," said Susan Givens, chief financial officer at Masconomet Regional School District. "Tools like the content repository will allow teachers who aren't yet comfortable with technology, to deliver personalized curriculums at the same level as those who are digital natives."

"Blackboard has been perfecting content and curriculum delivery longer than any other LMS provider in K-12 and higher education, and that experience shows in their latest design, features and services," continued Givens. "We are excited to work with a partner that will help us empower our teachers with the tools they need to optimize the learning experience for students and foster hands-on, personalized learning opportunities."

To supplement a pilot one-to-one mobile initiative, district officials will also give students the option of downloading a custom-built mobile application that allows them to access course content on a variety of mobile devices. With Blackboard MobileLearn students can view grades and assignments, create discussion posts and comment on blogs and journals, upload content and view documents, view course rosters and more.

For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

Source: Blackboard Inc.

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