A New Way to Learn

Today’s learners are different. Today’s K-12 students have never known a world without the internet and few remember life before the prevalence of smartphones. And a growing number of students have access to a smartphone. According to Project Tomorrow, 82% of high school students and 68% of middle school students have access to smart phones.1 And in elementary schools, nearly half of all 3rd to 5th graders have access and 1 out of every three K-2nd graders. 1 Not only is student smartphone access growing, but two-thirds of parents want their child to have access to mobile learning and would consider purchasing a mobile device if their child could use it for learning. 1 Today’s students are tech-savvy, mobile, and exercising their right to choose their own learning style.

So, we’re redesigning the learning experience for them from the bottom up. We want to partner with you to make a real difference in the lives of learners. We know that technology can only make an impact when paired with great teaching. The new Blackboard isn’t just about a new way to learn, it’s about a new approach that puts learners at the center.

“The central premise of our model is the learner. We are building our technologies for the learner whether that’s through a more capable mobile-oriented device or through analytics that help teachers and administrators solve problems.”
– Jay Bhatt | Blackboard CEO | Forbes Magazine

Prepare Teachers for Digital Learning

With the rise of blended learning and the rapid transition from print to digital content in K-12 districts and schools, professional development is more important than ever. Two out of three (65%) district administrators believe that enhancing teacher effectiveness through professional development has the greatest potential to enhance student achievement. 1 To prepare teachers for digital transformation, teachers who have had the opportunity to learn digitally with web-conferencing, flipped professional development, and through blended instruction are more likely to integrate technology effectively in their own classrooms.2 Additionally, teachers’ wish list for professional development this year reflects the current trends in digital learning. In fact, 51% of teachers want to learn how to use technology more effectively to differentiate instruction. 1

Blackboard Collaborate Giveaway

The new Blackboard Collaborate is a great example of the new learning experience. Which is why we’re letting one lucky school or district experience the power of online collaboration free for one year.

Collaborate is our core audio and video conferencing solution for learning. We’ve recently redesigned the entire product, creating an extraordinarily simple way to interact with teachers and classmates from a distance. Collaborate offers quick startup, seamless sharing, and easy chat between participants. There’s nothing to install and no plugins to download – it just works. And, Blackboard Collaborate enables mobile friendly MP4 recordings that teachers can use for flipped learning. For those of you using an LTI compliant LMS (such as Canvas or Schoology), Blackboard Collaborate can be used in-line with your course experience through seamless integration.

So, how do you win? Visit us in booth #335 at iNACOL to register and get hands on with the new Blackboard.

Catch a sneak peek of Blackboard Collaborate here:

Dessert & Fireworks Party

Our Collaborate giveaway isn’t the only fun we’re bringing to iNACOL. Join us under the fireworks at Epcot on November 10, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm ET for peer networking, desserts and cocktails.  The winner of the Blackboard Collaborate iNACOL giveaway will be announced at the party. Reserve your spot today; space is limited.

1 Annual Speak Up Survey, Project Tomorrow, 2014.

2 Metro Nashville Public Schools: Evolution of a Digital District 

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