New Blackboard Learn(TM) for Apple(R) iPhone(TM) Application Lets Users Take Learning on the Go
Free Application Lets Users Tap Into Mobile Learning Opportunities
WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on its efforts to
engage students and learners in a more personalized learning experience,
Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced the release of a free
application that lets users of the Apple(R) iPhone(TM) and iPod touch(R) take
learning on the go by accessing course information wherever and whenever they
With the application, millions of students and learners accustomed to
logging in to their institution's Blackboard(R) platform every day can now tap
in to mobile learning opportunities by receiving updates and alerts on grades,
assignments, tests and other information from courses as well as groups and
organizations of which they are part on their iPhone or iPod touch.
"Many of today's students and learners live in a mobile world, and now
they can learn in one too," said Michael L. Chasen, president and CEO of
Blackboard. "This application is part of our focus to help students more
deeply engage in the educational experience by creating learning opportunities
that are not bound by time or place."
Mobile learning has drawn the attention of administrators and educators as
handheld devices, PDAs and smart phones have become increasingly popular in
educational settings and among young people. The Blackboard Learn(TM) for
Apple iPhone application is available as a download from the Apple iTunes(R)
App Store and makes mobile learning a reality by linking course information to
devices that are quickly becoming commonplace in high school hallways, on
college campuses and in the workplace.
The application follows the earlier release of Blackboard's popular
integration for the Facebook(R) platform, which enables users to access
academic information within the Facebook interface and opens the door to
social learning and networking opportunities.
Like the integration for the Facebook platform, Blackboard Learn for the
iPhone and iPod touch is open to users at any of the thousands of K-12, higher
education, and professional, corporate and government organizations that work
with Blackboard worldwide, and is central to the Company's effort to help
those institutions better meet the needs of learners and promote higher
achievement through greater engagement.
"The application is great for quickly checking Blackboard on the go, and
it helps me be more engaged and organized even if I'm away from campus," said
Nate Schumacher, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan who
participated in the Beta program for the application. "With Blackboard on my
iPod touch, I'm checking more often for new grades and updates the same way I
check my email. Because it's so accessible, I can see my progress instantly
and get feedback from professors on how I'm doing, so it helps make me a
better student. This application has great potential. I would definitely
recommend it to other students."
Students and learners can freely download applications for the iPhone and
iPod touch and the Facebook platform, while institutions and organizations
have the ability to provide greater support for the applications, limit access
to certain kinds of information, or block the applications entirely. In order
to protect sensitive information, each student and learner receives
information from only the courses in which he or she is registered.
For more information about Blackboard, please visit
http://www.blackboard.com. For more information on the Blackboard Learn(TM)
for Apple iPhone application, please visit
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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"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-K filed on February 26, 2009 with the SEC. In addition, the
forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the
Company's views as of March 26, 2009. 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 March 26, 2009.
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SOURCE Blackboard, Inc.
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