Los Altos School District # 1 in Reading
After Using Read, Write & Type!
Talking Fingers (CNS) carried out an extensive research and development program from 1990 to 1993 with the Read, Write & Type! prototype (called Talking Fingers) at Downer Elementary School in Richmond, California, and Springer Elementary School, in Los Altos, California.
As a result, in 1993 Talking Fingers (CNS) collaborated with the Los Altos School District, in Los Altos, California, on a $550,000 project to set up Talking Fingers writing labs in all six elementary schools in the district and to evaluate their effectiveness. The Los Altos District has since upgraded to labs using Read, Write & Type!, and in 1999 took first place in all of California in 4th grade reading achievement.
In a recent article in Education Week (March 31, 1999), Jane Croom, a parent of two children from the original project, related a personal story: her 7th grade son, who began using the program in first grade, now writes extensively and types 100 words per minute.
In order to help schools integrate the Talking Fingers family of products into their curriculum, we have correlated both our software programs with the Language Arts standards of each of the 50 states.