Software companies that specialize in interactive curriculum systems (ICS) are taking on one of educators' biggest problems: How to integrate into the classroom the exploding resources of computer-based educational technology, including the internet, along with more traditional teaching tools, such as textbooks.

In February, Jostens Learning Corp., a leading ICS company, launched "Vital Tools," a program that helps educators find the educational software, internet sites, textbooks, and other educational materials that meet their needs. Computer Curriculum Corp. and SkillsBank Corp. will unwrap similar products soon.

"Vital Tools" is based...

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