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New Blackboard Learn „˘ for AppleÂ® iPhone „˘ Application Lets Users Take Learning on the GoFree Application Lets Users Tap Into Mobile Learning Opportunities (March 26, 2009) Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) today announced the release of a free application that lets users of the AppleÂ® iPhoneâ„˘ and iPod touchÂ® take learning on the go by accessing course information wherever and whenever they prefer.
With the application, millions of students and learners accustomed to logging in to their institutionâ€™s BlackboardÂ® 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.
â€śMany of todayâ€™s students and learners live in a mobile world, and now they can learn in one too,â€ť said Michael L. Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard. â€śThis 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.â€ť
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 Learnâ„˘ for Apple iPhone application is available as a download from the Apple iTunesÂ® 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 Blackboardâ€™s popular integration for the FacebookÂ® 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 Companyâ€™s effort to help those institutions better meet the needs of learners and promote higher achievement through greater engagement.
â€śThe application is great for quickly checking Blackboard on the go, and it helps me be more engaged and organized even if Iâ€™m away from campus,â€ť said Nate Schumacher, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan who participated in the Beta program for the application. â€śWith Blackboard on my iPod touch, Iâ€™m checking more often for new grades and updates the same way I check my email. Because itâ€™s so accessible, I can see my progress instantly and get feedback from professors on how Iâ€™m doing, so it helps make me a better student. This application has great potential. I would definitely recommend it to other students.â€ť
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 Learnâ„˘ for Apple iPhone application, please visit http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306716518&mt=8.
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