SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

December 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Albuquerque Public Schools Selects the Blackboard Academic Suite™ to Enhance Teaching and Learning

New Mexico's Largest Public School System Offers New K-12 e-Learning Programs and Online Adult Professional Development Courses

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology to the education industry, has been selected by Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) to expand the district's online learning opportunities by creating K-12 and adult professional development courses.

Set to launch in January of 2007, APS's online efforts will accommodate a pilot group of students and target those who prefer an integrated learning experience. The district's K-12 pilot program will feature online discussions, materials postings and testing, enabling teachers to set up specific class modules as the program debuts. Albuquerque Public Schools will include faculty as well as a pilot group of students participating in online courses in core subject areas in their online learning initiatives by fall 2007. In addition to the two professional development courses already offered by APS, the district will add courses in Driver Safety, Nursing, Least Restrictive Environment, Differentiated Instruction, Curriculum Mapping, Internet Safety, and three APS Student Information System Training Modules for fall 2007 for adult learners, teachers and new employees.

"We have experienced very positive reactions from students to our online professional development classes. We started the program with one online ESL (English as a Second Lanaguage) language class. We have now increased that number to five online classes to meet the demand for additional online offerings. It was clear we needed more online education so we invested in Blackboard's technology to meet the needs of our learners," said Sue Carpenter, Manager of Learning Technologies for APS. "Students are not only learning a great deal more through online learning, but also are enjoying the process. As a result, we are expanding into K-12 and adding more professional development offerings."

As one of the largest and most diverse school districts in the nation, APS selected Blackboard's technology to address a variety of challenges and opportunities, such as aiding remedial and high-risk students, increasing the number of advanced placement course options and providing additional online classes which students might otherwise not be able to take due to scheduling conflicts.

"We are privileged to work with Albuquerque Public Schools and welcome the district to Blackboard's K-12 community," said Michael Chasen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackboard Inc. "More and more schools across the country are recognizing the myriad ways in which technology can aid education. APS is paving the way for its students by helping them better prepare for college and the work force, where online learning and training are ubiquitous."

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.


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