As part of the Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 rollout, the K-12
team hosted a launch breakfast for school board members from across the U.S.
and Canada at the National School Boards Association [NSBA] Annual Conference
in Chicago, IL. Attendees heard from Dan Lake of OCM BOCES, a strategic member
of the Blackboard beta program for Release 9.1 and Sheryl Abshire, CTO of
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools who recently upgraded to Release 9.1. Both
spent time discussing the new functionality and capabilities available in the
latest product release that are primarily dedicated to the needs of K-12
schools and districts. Bret Dennis, Senior Manager of Blackboard’s Product
Management team and Mike Lange, a Solutions Engineer from the K-12 division
moderated the conversation and showed attendees the sleek and easy-to-use
Blackboard platform. Audience members were attentive and spent much of the
morning asking the clients questions about usage, funding sources, their
challenges and opportunities. It was a fluid dialogue for all involved.

Dr. Abshire shared the path to a successful technology
integration her schools have experienced by bringing Blackboard solutions for
K-12 into her district. She described Blackboard technology as a “Catalyst for
collaboration” and mentioned how much she loves the new gradebook in Release
9.1. Mr. Lake gave attendees strong examples of how the Blackboard platform, in
use in the OCM BOCES schools for over ten years, lets his teachers seamlessly
bring technology into the classroom that offers his students the tools they
demand in their daily lives

Also, as part of the overall drumbeat on 9.1 for K-12, Bb K-12
President Jessie Woolley-Wilson talks in this video about new opportunities in
education technology, how technology can be leveraged to have a greater impact
on learning, and how solutions like Blackboard’s are evolving to be more
relevant to the way students live today. Check it out here:  

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