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Blackboard Announces New Learning Experience Platform for K-12 Students, Educators and Parents
Comprehensive, integrated platform enables personalized learning, streamlined communication with family and community engagement, and unified workflows

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, today announced the launch of the Blackboard K-12 New Learning Experience Platform for districts and schools. The platform brings together institutions, parents, teachers, and learners in an integrated approach that addresses fundamental requirements for student success including school safety and security, family and community engagement and personalized competency-based learning.

Blackboard's unparalleled offering combines multiple products, integrations, and professional services that can be deployed individually or as a comprehensive solution. Technologies include: Blackboard Mass Notifications™ (formerly Blackboard Connect™), Blackboard Web Community Manager™ (formerly Blackboard Schoolwires™), Blackboard Mobile Communication App™ (formerly Blackboard Parentlink™), Blackboard Social Media Manager™ (formerly Sociability™), Blackboard Collaborate™, Blackboard xpLor (formerly Blackboard Open Content), and a choice of Blackboard's leading learning management systems:  Blackboard Learn™ or Moodlerooms™ and their mobile apps for students and teachers.

The K-12 NLE Platform integrates with hundreds of district technologies including the student information system (SIS), lunch menu, school calendar, payments processing and transportation services to meet the growing needs of school communities.

"We are proud to unveil the K-12 New Learning Experience Platform," said Stephanie Weeks, Vice President of K-12 Strategy for Blackboard. "Our vision is to put the learner at the center of everything we do, and it's exciting to deliver on that vision so that our K-12 customers can focus on improving student outcomes. We are already seeing schools and districts achieve measureable success, and many others are making plans for expanding to this full platform approach to achieve their goals."

North Carolina's Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), a recognized K-12 innovator, is deploying the platform as part of the broad digital conversion taking place as schools transition from paper-based teaching and learning to an online approach in which every student and teacher has access to an Internet device.

"Blackboard's K-12 New Learning Experience Platform provides all MGSD students, teachers, and parents easy access to information and resources to meet the needs of every learner," said Dr. Scott Smith, Chief Technology Officer for MGSD. "We haven't purchased a text book in six years. Blackboard is helping us erase the digital divide and provide more opportunities for all students."

For more information about the K-12 New Learning Experience Platform, please click here to read Stephanie Weeks' blog.

About Blackboard
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.

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