UK Schools are ready for Blackboard

BETT 2007, Stand Q50, London, January 10, 2007: – With increased support for schools from the government to implement e-learning solutions,
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology for education, today reaffirms its offering of e-learning solutions in the primary and secondary education sectors by heralding self-paced learning and encouraging innovation and transformation in learning, teaching and training.

The role of technology in education for primary and secondary schools is under constant scrutiny and Blackboard is helping them to tackle their
top learning challenges, which include:

* Widening and deepening access to learning to parents and home;

* Training future teachers;

* Delivering whole school improvements;

* Initiatives and objectives from the individual practitioner through to national policy.

Blackboard’s e-learning solutions include tools for assessment and tracking. They provide additional channels of communication, enable
outreach and extra help for parents and pupils. Secondary schools can use Blackboard technology in a variety of ways including supplementing traditional classroom instruction with online discussion boards and chat sessions, creating online gateways for parents to access pupils’
assignments and grades, and by offering online summer school courses and online advanced placement courses.

According to Tim Collin, Vice President for Blackboard in EMEA, “Online learning has come a long way since 2002, when we first implemented the
Blackboard Academic Suite(tm) in UK secondary schools. With the increased focus on e-strategy by the Department for Education and Skills, transition is on its way in secondary education. Already schools are realising the benefits of e-learning technology and many are shopping for an online solution. As schools are continually challenged to do more with less, Blackboard’s software and services enable schools to meet multiple objectives with one solution.”

According to a national survey conducted by JISC and published in July 2005 on VLE usage in UK Higher and Further Education, 80% of HE and 50%
of FE institutions already use Blackboard’s e-learning capabilities to empower students, teachers and administrators. It is therefore becoming a natural choice for schools to turn to Blackboard technology for help to deploy e-learning solutions.

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.

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