Blackboard Inc. highlighted its online classroom management and delivery system, which enables educators to leverage a wide range of standards-based curricular resources across the internet, with the goal of bringing those solutions to bear in the classroom to help improve learning. K-12 schools and districts in more than 41 states currently use the company’s software, which offers increased accountability through the use of daily student assessments; increased teacher quality by way of online mentoring programs and specialized working groups; the creation of virtual learning centers for students; virtual parent-teacher conferences, including online access to student grades and progress reports; and a portal system for creating separate web pages to manage extra-curricular activities, schools sports, and other special events. The goal, according to Blackboard executives, is to create a “Networked Learning Environment,” where students and teachers can view instructional content, collaborate with peers and colleagues, evaluate academic performance, and access learning materials at any time in efforts to achieve educational goals. To learn more about Blackboard, see the company’s web site.

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