In the late 1980s and early 1990s, "integrated learning systems" (ILS) was the buzzword for high-end software packages sold to school districts by giants like Jostens Learning Corp. and Computer Curriculum Corp. (CCC). Recently, however, a new terminology has emerged: "comprehensive courseware" is replacing yesterday's ILS.

Whereas the earlier ILS offerings were more supplementary in nature, today's software packages are intended to provide a comprehensive, soup-to-nuts learning scheme for students, complete with a correlation of lesson plans to state standards of assessment. A good example is Classworks Gold, from the California-based company Knowledge Adventure.

Knowledge Adventure evolved from...

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