50 Schools and Districts Chalk Up CMS to Blackboard
At the 2007 NECC show happening this week in Atlanta, education technology developer Blackboard announced that more than 50 K-12 schools and districts have recently signed up to use or upgrade the company's course management system (CMS).
Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, for example, recently upgraded its Blackboard implementation from the Blackboard Learning System to the Academic Suite. The district will also launch a professional development program later this year using Blackboard's Content System, which will provide e-portfolios for teachers in the district.
North Carolina Virtual Public School, which is a state-funded online school, has adopted the hosted version of the Blackboard Academic Suite. It's using the Suite "to provide advanced placement classes, summer school and credit recovery programs for students across the state," according to Blackboard. The recently launched NCVPS serves some 6,000 students.
Some of the other schools and districts adopting Blackboard or upgrading to Academic Suite include:
- Center for the Visually Impaired (GA)
- Holton Arms School (MD)
- La Jolla Country Day School (CA)
- North Carolina Virtual Public School
- Virtual High School (MA)
- Arlington Public Schools (VA)
- Clay County School District (FL)
- Clark County School District (NV)
- Clear Creek Independent School District (TX)
- Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School (TX).
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