One of the most annoying things about the yearbook is determining the names of each student in a group picture. You can ask the group advisor, but sometimes that does not help. You can ask students, but sometimes even they don't know the student. This is where facial recognition software comes in.

Furthermore, students complain about pictures. They rightfully want their yearbook photos to look the best. Facial recognition software helps us include our audience with photo decision making simply by clicking on the student's face in the right panel to view more photos.

Photo recognition also follows parent requests. When a guardian checks no on the photo release form, we can tag their photo with "Do not use." The student's name is not attached to the photo and the student editors know that it cannot be used in the yearbook or any school publication.

The following video demonstrates why and how facial recognition can be used for yearbooks.

Please note that Google Photos is blocked for students under 13 years of age. District Admin may turn it on or select students may have to use the yearbook teacher's account on the teacher computer. Never share passwords. If you have not already read about FERPA, please click here.

Please note that using Google Photos with the Replace image option allows yearbook students to use facial recognition. This means that if a yearbook staffer has identified the individual in Google Photos, then the staffer can search students by name. Another option is to have a yearbook Google account where the password is only shared with student editors.

How to turn on face grouping

  1. Select the main menu bars in the upper left corner of Google Photos.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. If you are using a GSuite for Education account, you have unlimited storage. Turn on Original photo quality.
  4. Turn on Face grouping. You can also allow contacts to recognize your face, as well as show pets as people.

Find people, things and places in your photos

Turn on Facial Recognition

How to apply a label to a face

  1. In Google Photos, select the i icon.
  2. Select the face you want to name.
  3. Notice that photos will similar faces are grouped together.
  4. Type the person's name and DONE.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the other faces.

Our junior high school yearbook class has noticed that sometimes the option to name a face does not appear. We have also noticed that Google Photos will group two different faces together. We hope this a glitch will get fixed by Google soon. See the article below for more information.

Google Photos Recognition

Upload photos from your phone to a shared school album

  1. Click on the Google Photos app on your smartphone.
  2. Make sure that you are logged into your school account.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, you should see Assistant, Photos, Albums, and Sharing.
  4. Select Sharing.
  5. Open the Shared Album.
  6. Click on the + sign.
  7. Select multiple photos.
  8. Select DONE.

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Facial Recognition and Replace Image Option

When faces are labeled in Google Photos, you can search for photos by name. In this example, I wanted a photo of Hector. Since I used facial recognition in Google Photos and labeled his face, I was able to search for him by name. Each photo he was in appeared in the sidebar.

  1. Select the image size template.
  2. Click on Replace image.
  3. Move down to Photos.
  4. Type the name of the person in the search section of the sidebar.
  5. Select Replace.
Replace Image with Google Photos

Image Editing in Slides

Due to privacy concerns, you may elect to store your photos in Google Drive. No worries, photos can be edited directly in Google Slides.