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At Keys, teachers and students use technology in authentic ways throughout the academic program. Laptops, iPads, Smartboards, and projection systems are used in age-appropriate ways as students research, communicate, create, and present across the disciplines. Technology experiences are designed to teach scaffolded basic skills and fully integrate with the core curriculum. Classroom teachers and technology integration specialists work closely to afford students innovative avenues for building and demonstrating understanding.

In the Lower School, students have regular access to iPads. As students move to Middle School, they participate in a 1:1 laptop program. This allows them meaningful opportunities to collaborate and share information within and beyond the classroom walls. With greater access comes responsibility. Students are immersed in the social and ethical issues surrounding technology, and with guidance learn to become responsible cybercitizens in the present and future.

Highlights of the program include:


  • » Demonstrate appropriate use and care of resources
  • » Learn to perform basic commands (open, select, save, print, close)
  • » Practice basic gestures (swipe, scroll, pinch)
  • » Create artworks using photo and drawing programs

First Grade

  • » Use electronic graphic organizers
  • » Record, illustrate, and present stories digitally
  • » Create stop motion animation
  • » Create digital collages and drawings

Second Grade

  • » Use various programs for concept mapping
  • » Create e-books to document or demonstrate learning
  • » Build timelines, family trees, and other graphic representations
  • » Create presentations depicting the arc of a story
  • » Use cloud services for data management

Third Grade

  • » Create multimedia presentations (voiceover, soundtrack, visuals).
  • » Edit, manipulate, and enhance digital artworks
  • » Organize and analyze data (graphing, mapping)
  • » Practice basic word processing and keyboarding
  • » Begin simple programming

Fourth Grade

  • » Create virtual museum exhibit
  • » Explore desktop publishing (page layout and design)s
  • » Develop strategies for organizing and presenting research findings
  • » Continue basic programming
  • » Investigate Internet safety and best practices for cybercitizens

Fifth Grade

  • » Create storyboards and video presentations
  • » Learn to edit and enhance movies (voiceovers, transitions, sound effects)
  • » Work collaboratively with shared documents
  • » Navigate computer systems efficiently (folders, network, flash drives)
  • » Differentiate between private vs. public information

Sixth Grade

  • » Use probes to collect and analyze data
  • » Create and use collaborative digital workspaces
  • » Build advanced multimedia presentations based on integrated instruction
  • » Explore principles of robotics and programming
  • » Learn causes, consequences, and preventative measures for cyber bullying

Seventh Grade

  • » Use GPS to collect data; graph and analyze
  • » Enhance documents with graphics, including clip and original art
  • » Perform complex editing including voice overs and multiple audio tracks
  • » Design web pages, wikis, and blogs
  • » Select and use appropriate tools and tech resources to accomplish tasks

Eighth Grade

  • » Create complex databases; analyze and draw conclusions
  • » Use appropriate software for modeling and simulating
  • » Crop, scale distort, rotate, and layer original or stock images
  • » Design, develop, publish and present web pages, videos, brochures
  • » Exhibit legal and ethical behaviors when using technology

Keys School - Lower Campus · 2890 Middlefield Road · Palo Alto, CA · 94306
Keys School - Middle Campus · 3981 El Camino Real · Palo Alto, CA · 94306

Phone: 650-328-1711