An Elementary School Yearbook An Online Project St Dorothy Elementary 2000 - 2002
Presentation Outline Introduction St. Dorothy Background Information The Yearbook Process Concluding Advice
Introduction The yearbook project began as a booklet of writing produced by the graduates for the graduates. As computer technology and its access began to expand, so too did the yearbook. Today it has developed into a year-long, school-wide, student-driven online publication.
Who We Are An inner-city school Pre-K to Level 6 (410 students) Bilingual French program ICT Integration pilot school Part of the Canadian Innovative Schools Network
Personal Background Full-time level six teacher Class size = 29 students Inner city environment Workload: *Level 6 - all subjects, *Level 4 - 30 minutes per day of Language Arts, *Level 3 - 2 hours a week of Language Arts: Written Expression.
The Yearbook Process Funding & resources School-wide participation Graduate responsibilities Individual pages Tech teams
Funding All of the students receive a copy of the yearbook free of charge thanks to the Grassroots Block project. Grassroots Block project funding comes to approx $5000.00 - enough to cover the cost of publication We have to apply for this funding every year.
School wide resources: Fully equipped computer lab Technology resource person 1 digital camera Digital video camera Classroom resources: 6 iMac computers 2 scanners Resources
More Resources Computer Software: Adobe PhotoDeluxe Adobe PageMaker AppleWorks Claris Home Page Macromedia Dreamweaver iMovie
School-wide Participation Every class from Pre-K to Level 5 submits : 1 page of English language contributions 1 page of French language contributions Pictures of any class activities that take place over the course of the year. Work is placed into a Group Shared folder in the Yearbook file or can be given “on paper”. (scanned/prepared by level 6 students)
Graduate Responsibilities TEAMWORK! Class is divided into committees Each committee has specific tasks Each committee is run by a “manager” Each group has to transcribe their experiences in order to help students in the following years…what they did..how they did it..tricks they learned along the way…an ONLINE MANUAL. Each student is responsible for 1-2 pages of personal work, including a picture.
Editorial Committee Made up of two students who are responsible for: Writing and distributing memos to staff about class contribution deadlines,project information,labeling of pupils in group pictures… Contact the printing company to find out technical information regarding the printing (best fonts,picture quality, etc…) and the cost of the yearbook. Work with all the other managers to ensure that all the work is proceeding as planned.
Photography Committee Responsibilities: Using the digital camera and/or digital video camera to record any events taking place in the school. Uploading of images and importing of stills from video footage. Processing images for online & printed publications.
Scanner Committee Responsibilities: Scanning of any and all pictures to be used in the online & printed publications. Includes the scanning of staff and individual class photos.
Layout Committee Responsibilities: Sorting through all the images that have been uploaded and selecting which ones will be included in the yearbook. Prepares each page so that they are visually stimulating both online & printed.
Print/Typing Committee Responsibilities: Researching and filling in the names of each person present in the class photos. All text work on “novelty” pages. Printing the “best” copy of each page for the hardcopy of the yearbook.
ONLINE PUBLICATION TEAMWORK: Divided into committees similar to the printed publication Each committee is responsible for different aspects..e.g.Graduates’ pages…Activity pages Export to web site (PDF file) Create links.
CONCLUDING ADVICE Thoughts/Advice based on my experiences…and, often,my mistakes. Just repeat: I will get through this ! My students DO understand English / French ! Tylenol is available in EXTRA STRENGTH !
1.Get an early start: A. Teamwork: Prepare students to work as a group. Choose/accept leadership roles. Be responsible for their own tasks. Keep a “record” of who does what Self-evaluation - accomplishment as a group & as an individual within that group.
B. Photography Committee: Remember that the children must learn to operate the equipment. Allow for enough time so that pictures and videos can be downloaded properly. Have a record of all activities - including the ones that occur at the beginning of the school year. Let the staff know that these “in-school” photographers are available to record classroom activities or projects.
C. Choose Title / Theme Allows for ample time to design a cover for the yearbook. Gives the rest of the school lots of time to complete their submissions based on the yearbook’s theme.(if desired)
2. GET HELP – A. Work groups: 2 teachers are better than 1 and… 3 teachers are better than 2 and… A committee made up of teachers and the principal working on different aspects of the yearbook is even better. Add a technology resource person and you have the BEST combo yet!
B. Personal Aid Try to use some of the Grassroots money to arrange for time off towards the end of the project when everything needs to be “put together.” Arrange to have the computer lab declared “off limits” during that time.
3.CLASSROOM SCHEDULE IT WILL CHANGE: you need to use some class time for the committees to meet/organize. Suggestion :Use the first part of the day to do the “teaching/explaining”in various subject areas. Assign the work to be covered Committees meet or work on the computers on a rotational basis with a limited time period …depending on what stage of the yearbook you’ve reached. 1 more thing… YES..lunch time and after school are often needed especially for lab access!
4.Murphy’s Law & Computers! SAVE as much as possible on CD’s. If you’re working with a server, use the external hard drive. Always remember: “If something can go wrong… it WILL go wrong!”
FINALLY… A personal note. We are jugglers: teaching, correcting, testing, reporting to parents, attending meetings, decorating our classrooms, refereeing disputes, filling in endless forms,collecting snacks and milk cartons, while trying to do the best for our students. We do it…we’re TEACHERS!