New Release of Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) Boosts Teacher Productivity and Promotes 21st Century Skills in the Classroom
Developed in Collaboration with Blackboard Users, Release 8.0
Features Powerful Instructional Tools to Drive Student Achievement
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2008--Blackboard Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBBB) has announced the general availability of Release 8.0
of the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM), a standards-based product suite
that engages learners and drives student achievement. The new release
includes a number of important enhancements that empower global Higher
Education and K-12 institutions to cultivate 21st Century Learning
Drawing upon one of the industry's largest communities of
practice, Blackboard has collaborated with its innovative user
community to enhance the Blackboard Academic Suite, making it a more
powerful instructional tool for teachers and learners at all levels.
One of the premier enhancements is the Blackboard Grade
Center(TM), a completely redesigned smart grading tool with an
easy-to-use interface that simplifies the grading process while
providing powerful analytic capabilities for teachers. Additionally,
teachers can now email students and parents directly from the
Blackboard Grade Center and create and share printable progress
reports for better school-to-home communication.
"We are constantly seeking feedback on how our products can
enhance K-12 teaching and learning," said Jessie-Woolley Wilson,
President of Blackboard K-12. "By partnering with our valued user
community to develop Release 8.0, Blackboard was able to design a
solution that meets the needs of every classroom. The Blackboard
Academic Suite empowers teachers to foster the 21st century skills
that today's students need to succeed."
"I am thrilled to introduce the new Blackboard Grade Center to the
teachers. Not only does it save teachers time, it also serves as an
instructional tool enabling teachers to easily monitor student
progress and communicate directly with parents," said Mike Smith,
Functional Analyst, Baltimore City Public Schools.
Using the new Self and Peer Assessment tool, students can better
cultivate important 21st century skills such as critical thinking.
Created by a Blackboard user, the tool enables students to review and
grade their own work, based on teacher-set criteria, so they can
easily monitor their own progress. Students can also anonymously
review and grade work submitted by their classmates, encouraging them
to learn from their peers and build important critical thinking skills
while monitoring their own progress.
The Blackboard Academic Suite makes it possible for school
districts to build learning communities among teachers, parents, and
students, by collaboratively creating, managing and distributing
digital content in a district-wide curriculum management system.
Teachers can share, discover and reuse class materials and lesson
plans across their districts. Administrators can monitor how content
is being used with the new 360(degree) view that provides statistics,
tracking, permissions and other information about specific content.
Additionally, the enhanced suite integrates SafeAssign(TM) by
Blackboard, a plagiarism prevention service that not only helps
students learn crucial citation and plagiarism rules, but also helps
teachers ensure originality without time-consuming investigations.
To learn more about specific features and view purchasing
information for the Blackboard Academic Suite, please visit
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
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.(TM)
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CONTACT: Blackboard Inc.
Brian Cooley, 202-463-4860, ext. 2377
Anna Hughes, 202-585-0230
SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.