Making the Grade with iPhone

Blackboard, which has built an enterprise based on an online platform for students and teachers to exchange assignments, grades and course updates, extends its reach with an application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. The free release follows Blackboard's integration into Facebook.

Online educational company Blackboard extended its academic platform for students and teachers March 27 with the release of a free application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. The mobile app allows students and teachers on-the-go to access course information, updates and alerts on grades, assignments, tests and other academic information.

The application follows Blackboard's integration for the Facebook platform, allowing users to access academic information within the popular social networking site's interface. Like the Facebook application, the Blackboard Learn for the iPhone and iPod Touch is open to users at any of the thousands of K-12, higher education, and professional, corporate and government organizations that work with Blackboard worldwide.

"Many of today's students and learners live in a mobile world, and now they can learn in one, too," Michael L. Chasen, Blackboard's president and CEO, said in a statement. "This application is part of our focus to help students more deeply engage in the educational experience by creating learning opportunities that are not bound by time or place."