Washington, DC, November 6, 2006–Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) announces the expansion of the annual Blackboard Greenhouse Program, as the call for proposals opens today to more than 3,600 clients across the globe. The program, now in its third year, pays tribute to those institutes that have cultivated innovations in education and technology, and supports the organic growth of knowledge within the Blackboard community.

The program includes:

*The Greenhouse Grant”

* The Greenhouse Exemplary Course Program

* The Greenhouse Campus Services Award.

A sum over $100,000 in cash and other awards will be given to the winners of all three contests.
“Blackboard is privileged to work with a very broad, and deep educational community of practice,” said Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard Chairman and co-founder. “The Blackboard Greenhouse Program offers a unique opportunity for the community to enhance the intersection of technology and education, whether that innovation is in a classroom, on a campus or across the broader educational landscape.”

The Greenhouse Grant is designed to help build a collective body of knowledge and reward clients who have successfully developed and deployed initiatives promoting best practices in the adoption of Internet technology to solve institutional challenges. The completely revamped Greenhouse Exemplary Course Program is designed to help faculty members make the best use of e-Learning technology to develop technologically rich and pedagogically sound courses. The Greenhouse Campus Services Awards (formerly called the Blackboard Campus Services Pioneer Awards) are designed to recognize and reward members of the Blackboard community who show innovative use of the Blackboard Commerce Suite.

Entries for all three programs are reviewed and judged by a team of academic leaders from campuses around the world. Last year’s winning submissions are currently available on the Blackboard Connections” site at www.connections.blackboard.com.

The deadline for Greenhouse Exemplary Course Program submissions is February 5, 2007; the deadline for both the Greenhouse Grant and Greenhouse Campus Services Award is February 16, 2007. Winners will be announced at BbWorld 07. For more information on the contest and how to enter, please visit www.blackboard.com/greenhouse.

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 solutions enable educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology. With two product suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite and the Blackboard Commerce Suite, Blackboard applications are used by millions of people 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.

Blackboard’s UK customers include the universities of Durham, Cambridge, York, Dundee, Kingston, Derby, Bournemouth and Sheffield Hallam and amongst FE colleges using Blackboard are City of Sunderland, Guildford, Brooklands and Newcastle colleges.

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