Hello! As the yearbook adviser, I am all about empowering students to take charge of their learning through the very authentic experience of creating a yearbook for the student body. The class is largely student run, with students making the decisions and holding each other accountable.
The students in this class are highly motivated to produce a quality end result that the entire school can enjoy and look back on for years to come. Nathan and Kyle, senior business managers, have taken the initiative to help the class get the equipment that we need to successfully implement the ideas that the class has.
As media continues to advance, it is becoming increasingly important for students to work with and analyze media in a variety of formats. Because of this, Waterford Kettering Kismet Yearbook has started the process of creating videos that highlight top stories from throughout the year. Last year, the yearbook program started this process, but it quickly became apparent that the technology we have is outdated and that to truly capitalize on this opportunity, the yearbook program is in need to some new equipment. The objectives for this project are to increase the production quality of our yearbook videos and teach students 21st century skills relating to media production, problem solving, and critical thinking. It is the intent that students learn about how to create a variety of media that accurately reflects specific event in an unbiased manner while also appealing to the interests of the student body.
In Their Own Words
Yearbooks are traditionally viewed as flat and a way to access the past. Through this project, we are looking to engage and energize the student body about the events that are taking place in the here and now. Creating videos that support and enhance the content of the yearbook will bring the yearbook into the 21st century and help to make it more relevant to today’s students. Through a video sharing app, Aurasma, all students will be able to scan tagged photos in the yearbook and a video will appear on their phone. This project is embracing the advancement of technology and allows us to think of dynamic ways to capture the moments and events that define the year.
Our yearbook class is very student led. Our teacher oversees the class but all staff positions are filled by students in the class. Giving a student a video camera and letting us put our own personal spin on a part of school history puts the responsibility in our hands and makes us want to achieve greatness
Being able to to add important moment and highlight videos to the yearbook is something that not a lot of schools can accomplish so adding this amazing video feature to a printed book and make the yearbook more exciting for the rest of the school and everyone who reads it.
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