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From: JakeStraw3/5/2010 8:40:58 AM
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Campus Cards Go Contactless With Blackboard
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New Card Technology Brings Enhanced Security, Convenience and Speed

Developed specifically for higher education institutions in the United States, the fully integrated technology platform transforms the way students navigate life on and off campus. Using smart cards with built-in chips that enable payment or entry with a wave or a tap, students can get into secure buildings and facilities, pay for books, meals and laundry and even access campus events – all at significantly faster speeds than with traditional identification technologies.

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From: JakeStraw3/8/2010 9:23:04 AM
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Blackboard to Acquire Saf-T-Net, Inc., Provider of AlertNow
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WASHINGTON, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Saf-T-Net, Inc., provider of AlertNow, a leading messaging and mass notification solution for the K-12 marketplace, for approximately $33 million in cash, excluding transaction costs and subject to certain adjustments.

"Our acquisition of AlertNow broadens our mass notification offerings, extends our focus on mobile devices and creates greater value for our significantly expanded K-12 client base. The strength of AlertNow's value proposition is evidenced by their rapid growth, and we believe its addition to Blackboard will further enhance our momentum," said Michael Chasen, CEO and President of Blackboard. "AlertNow has enjoyed strong renewal rates and we look forward to delivering the highest service levels to our broader base of clients. We are also excited to welcome our new colleagues from the AlertNow team to Blackboard."

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From: JakeStraw3/9/2010 8:24:04 AM
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Blackboard Introduces Flexible Financial Aid Disbursement for Higher Education
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With Discover and First Data, Blackboard Pay Program Cuts Costs, Lowers Fees

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) today announced the launch of Blackboard Pay™, an open-loop prepaid card program that lets educational institutions simplify the disbursement of financial aid credit balances – as well as student payroll – while cutting costs for institutions and lowering student fees.

Blackboard Pay provides students and staff immediate access to their funds while eliminating the need to wait for paper check disbursements. And compared to existing financial aid disbursement products, Blackboard Pay protects students by eliminating overdraft exposure, related fees and PIN debit fees, while lowering fees for checks and card replacements.

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From: JakeStraw3/22/2010 9:15:47 AM
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Blackboard and Sprint Team Up to Bring Mobile Learning to Students at No Additional Cost to Schools
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* Blackboard Mobile Learn to debut on select Sprint smartphones in June
* Students can complete class work, check grades, interact with professors and more from virtually anywhere, anytime and at no extra charge on the Now Network™
* New partnership aligns with the National Broadband Plan proposal to support and promote online learning

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From: JakeStraw4/5/2010 8:18:09 AM
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Blackboard Mobile Learn App Now Available for iPad
New App Brings Interactive Teaching and Learning to iPad
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WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) today announced the launch of its customized Blackboard Mobile Learn™ app for iPad on the App Store. The app recreates the course experience of Blackboard Learn™, the leading online teaching and learning platform, and lets students check grades and assignments, add discussion board comments and blog posts, email instructors and classmates and much more.

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From: JakeStraw4/21/2010 8:16:03 AM
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More Than a Half-Million Texas Households Now Receive Urgent Alerts From Blackboard Connect
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150 Municipalities Rely on Industry Leader to Keep Residents Safe and Informed

WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) today announced that 150 municipalities within the State of Texas utilize the Blackboard Connect™ mass notification platform to help keep residents safe, informed and connected.

Representing more than 600,000 households across the state of Texas, local government leaders have taken the lead in enhancing communication and preparedness by adopting the Blackboard Connect service to communicate quickly, accurately and consistently with their communities.

Statewide, Blackboard Connect has been leveraged by local officials to quickly notify residents and provide critical direction in a number of urgent situations. Last December, for example, an explosion at a chemical plant near the city of Seabrook saw nearby communities Galveston County, Kemah, LaPorte and League City send more than 30,000 voice, email and text messages to residents and businesses, guiding them to shelter in place immediately following the explosion.

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From: JakeStraw4/21/2010 8:22:58 AM
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Statewide Virtual Schools See Historic Growth with Blackboard
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Growing Number of States Invest in Online Education with Blackboard

WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Statewide virtual schools are experiencing historic growth as states invest more in online education, even in a difficult economy. Many virtual schools have selected Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) as their technology partner, including Florida Virtual School, the nation's largest, which announced a partnership with Blackboard in January.

Twenty-seven states have established statewide virtual schools in an effort to increase educational opportunity for students, and together they saw 320,000 course enrollments in 2008-09 according to Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, a report from the Evergreen Education Group. Many of those schools – 10 statewide virtuals – have partnered with Blackboard to support their online education programs.

The Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) has seen an average 50 percent growth year over year working with Blackboard, increasing from 6,619 enrollments in 2008 to 14,500 this year. In addition to saving schools and families money, the academy saves the state nearly $4 million a year in teacher salaries, district costs for student remediation, and out of pocket costs families must pay for online classes from other providers, according to estimates from IDLA CEO Donna Hutchison.

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From: JakeStraw6/15/2010 9:44:29 AM
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Blackboard Releases Mobile Learning Apps for All Major Mobile Platforms
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New Native Apps are Free to Students and Faculty Through App Stores

WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expanding the reach of mobile learning opportunities to a full range of the world's most popular mobile platforms, Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) today released native applications for Android™, BlackBerry® and iPhone® OS powered devices that give millions of students full access to their course information directly from their smartphones.

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From: JakeStraw7/14/2010 4:08:28 PM
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Blackboard and Follett Higher Education Group Partner to Integrate Digital Texts with Online Course Experience
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Blackboard Learn Also to Feature CafeScribe for Social Networking

ORLANDO, Fla., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq:BBBB) and Follett Higher Education Group today announced a partnership to give students the ability to purchase and use digital textbooks directly in Blackboard Learn™ with a free integration, available today, that brings interactive texts into the course experience.

The integration streamlines the way that instructors assign texts and the ease with which students can access and use them. It also provides access to Follett's CafeScribe®, an e-textbook and social networking platform that gives students and instructors the ability to read, highlight, annotate, share notes, and form campus and worldwide study groups among a range of CafeScribe features that make digital texts more interactive.

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From: JakeStraw7/14/2010 4:09:48 PM
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Blackboard and Barnes & Noble Partner to Streamline Access to Digital Content
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Companies Will Collaborate on Flexible Access to e-Textbooks and Other Course Materials within Blackboard Learn

ORLANDO, Fla., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard (Nasdaq:BBBB) and Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world's largest bookseller and leading operator of college bookstores, today announced a partnership that aims to make it easier for millions of higher education students to access and use interactive e-textbooks as part of their online course experience.

Under the partnership, the companies will work to enable students to access and purchase e-textbooks and other course related materials directly in Blackboard Learn™, the leading Web-based teaching and learning platform. The effort will help streamline the ability for instructors to assign content from Barnes & Noble's vast catalog of over one million titles, including e-books, e-textbooks, relevant study aids, test prep guides, periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of trade and professional titles.

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