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Washington-based Blackboard Releases iPhone App

Mike Musgrove

Blackboard, the Washington-based maker of software designed to help students stay in touch with their coursework assignments and their professors, is releasing an iPhone App today.

Blackboard's new software is designed to provide a mobile version of the same tools that students and teachers use at the company's Web site. "The iPhone App lets a student see what's new since they last synced," said Jessica Finnefrock, senior vice president of product development at the company. "It's an efficiency tool designed to help students manage their time."

The company hopes to expand its offerings to other mobile devices, Finnefrock said. Though Blackboard doesn't have a solid number on how many of its 20 million users are iPhone owners, a Piper Jaffray study indicates that almost a third of high school students -- the students who might soon be Blackboard users, in other words --either have an iPhone or plan to own one soon.

By Mike Musgrove  |  March 26, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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