Strengthened by its merger with Edline, as announced last October, Blackboard is the leading provider of online learning, mass notification and website solutions for K-12 schools and districts across the country. Earlier in the month, we gathered prominent district leaders in Pittsburgh to talk about the challenges facing K-12 administrators and educators today, while discussing how Blackboard can help in overcoming those obstacles and producing meaningful academic outcomes.
For many attendees, the forum provided an opportunity to share their personal experience driving innovation by implementing new technology and tools within their schools or districts. At the same time, the Blackboard team had a chance to similarly share what is to come in the next few months from K-12 solutions, especially highlighting the continued alignment of Blackboard Connect and Edline.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, the summer offers an ideal time for Blackboard Connect, AlertNow and Teleparent users to upgrade to the improved Connect 5 system. We will be hosting live client demonstrations of Connect 5 all summer to show how the streamlined interface and message creation process can help your district ‘connect with confidence.’ We’re also continually adding to Connect’s already robust feature set by releasing new enhancements like surveys, improved reporting capabilities and an Android application for message senders.
Likewise for Edline, joining forces with Blackboard has not slowed the delivery of system enhancements one bit, as new features have recently been added. Users can expect new design layout options, a ‘quick add’ function and mobile browser access. And for those schools using both Edline and Connect platforms to manage communication efforts, a single sign-on access log-in will soon be available to better manage and maintain each system.
Although a smaller district, Alton Central Schools District faces the same challenges as larger districts so they rely on the combined services of Blackboard Connect and Edline to effectively communicate with parents and the greater community. Alton Central uses Blackboard Connect to communicate rapidly with parents and the community regarding issues such as weather-related closings and delays, upcoming school events, athletics, and other school activities. Edline allows the school to provide detailed information about the district through a professionally designed, easy-to-navigate website. Together, Blackboard Connect and Edline offer a comprehensive solution to meet virtually any communications need.