, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 33–39 | Cite as

Two decades of use in K-12 education

  • Michael Mazyck
Contents Integrated Learning Systems and Students of Color:


ILSs are here to stay. School boards, administrators and other decision makers interested in what they perceive as a way of preparing their students to do well on standardized tests will continue to drive the purchases of ILSs upward each year. If ILSs are to become more effective for the rapidly growing number of students from diverse backgrounds (including many students of color) who will spend months and years using them perhaps it is time for ILS companies to consider changes in their approach to design as opposed to “just tweaking” the current design. A good starting point for changes in the approach to the design of ILSs would be to consider the importance of the awareness of cultural diversity in the design and to attempt to integrate cooperative learning into the design as well. If ILS companies seriously consider these suggestions they can create a system for the next two decades that has the potential to be more effective for the large numbers of students from diverse backgrounds who are the main users of these systems.


Educational Technology Student Achievement Cooperative Learning Instructional Technology Educational Software 


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