One benefit of creating a yearbook in Google Apps is sharing the workload. This includes collecting photos. Yearbook photographers, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students need a way to share their photos. This page takes you through the logistics of sharing those photos with your students.
WIFI, Cables, and Memory Cards
Student photographers and staff volunteers will use their smartphones and/or the school digital cameras to celebrate events and students. As such, how the photos are uploaded will depend on the device used and what works best for you.
Smartphones and some digital cameras have wifi capabilities. If your photos won't upload, the issue is most likely wifi. Double check the connection and FORGET (disconnect) if necessary.
Make a Decision - Google Photos or Google Drive
Over the years, my students have created our yearbook in both apps. If you haven't made a decision (yet) regarding photo storage, practice uploading photos from a smart phone and a digital camera. Which method is easier for you?
Over the years, the Compton JHS yearbook class has used both apps to store photos. Our favorite app is Google Photos. Two main reasons to use Google Photos include photo editing and labeling faces. If you haven't already done so, please read the Photos or Drive. Then please send feedback to Google Photos and demand that the app have the same type of sharing protections that Google Drive has! Seriously, how hard is it to close sharing options to just a school domain or classroom?
You have photos on a smartphone or the memory card of a digital camera. How do you upload those photos to Google Photos?
You may have multiple Google accounts on your phone. I have my school Google account, the yearbook Google account (also from the school), and my personal Google account. I do not automatically back up to my school account.
If you have an iPhone, please read this article about Google Photos to learn more about iCloud vs. Google Photos vs. storing photos on your device. The article talks about "one potential snag to be aware of if you’re using Apple’s iCloud Photo Library."
Upload Photos from a Smartphone
I use this method to upload photos from my smartphone. Since my students are mostly under 13 years of age, they upload photos to the yearbook Google account using their phone USB cables. More on that in a moment.
Upload & Share using WIFI
- Open your Google Photos app.
- Confirm that you are logged into your school Google account.
- Checkmark the desired photos one by one or a group of photos by clicking on the date.
- Select the Share icon.
- Type the name of the Google Photos account.
- Add a message if desired and select SEND.
A dedicated yearbook account is preferred. You can also use the advisor's school Google account. Just remember that the photos go with that advisor when the advisor leaves. Think about legacy when selecting which school Google account to use.
Upload to Google Photos with a USB Cable
- Plug the USB phone or digital cable into the computer. When prompted, select media transfer.
- Locate and open the device. On my computer, I look for This PC.
- With windows side-by-side, click and drag photos from the computer folder to Google Photos.
This is the method that Compton JHS yearbook students use on a daily basis. Student editors remove the Sandisk from the digital camera and insert it into a computer or Chromebook. We prefer to upload from a desktop computer. Since facial recognition is not shared, we label faces in one account.
Upload to Google Photos from a Memory Card
- Open photos.google.com.
- Insert the memory card into the computer.
- Open the two windows side-by-side.
- Click and drag photos from the memory card folder to Google Photos.
Create Photo Albums
The photos will need to be added to the yearbook or advisor's Google account. This requires the student editors to add the photo to the library. As you will learn in the next lesson, the link to albums will added to a Google Sheets Table of Contents. For now, let's learn how to add shared the photos to a library, create an album, and share the link with the yearbook staff.
Add Shared Album to Library
- In Google Photos, select Sharing.
- Click on the album of your choice.
- Select the down arrow on the cloud icon to Add to library.
- Select the photos.
- Click on the + icon to Add to or create a new album.
- Select Album.
- Click on Add to -> New album
- Name the Album and select the check mark icon when done.
New photos can be added to a previously created album. Look for its name on the list in Step 4.
Share Google Photos Album Links with Students
The photos should be saved to a yearbook or advisor's Google account. Of course, the albums will then need to be shared with the yearbook student staff.
Get Shareable Link and Add to a Google Sheet Table of Contents
- Open the album and select the Share icon.
- Click on Get link.
- Select Copy. Optional: Select Let others add to album.
- Paste the link (CTRL + V) into the Google Sheets Table of Contents, which will be discussed later on this page.
Create an Album
The process for creating an album on a computer or a phone is similar. These directions will focus on the computer as this is where student editors spend most of their time.
Whereas you can create an album before or after you upload to Google Photos, it is highly recommended that you create the Google Drive folder before uploading images.
Create Google Drive Folders for Yearbook Images on a Computer
- Open drive.google.com.
- Select New.
- Click on Folder.
- Create subfolders for each yearbook group.
In 2015-2016, we ordered our yearbook by month. We would do it differently now.
Upload to Google Drive
Uploading images to Google Drive is fairly straightforward. The only snag we have experienced is wifi. Make sure that you are connected to the school wifi when uploading to Google Drive from your smartphone. Disconnect and reconnect the wifi if necessary.
Upload to Google Drive from a Smartphone
- Open the Google Drive app on your phone.
- Find the folder you want to use.
- Select the + icon.
- Click on Upload.
- Select one or more images to upload.
Upload to Google Drive with a USB Cable
- Plug in the USB cable into your smartphone and laptop/Chromebook.
- Open the desired Google Drive folder.
- Select New -> File upload.
- Find your phone and upload the images.
Upload to Google Drive from a Memory Card
- Open the folder on drive.google.com.
- Open the memory card on the computer.
- Place the two windows side-by-side.
- Click and drag images from the computer folder to the Google Drive folder.
Share Google Drive Folder Links with Students
Now that you have multiple Google Drive folders, it is important to create a Google Sheets Table of Contents or something similar. This requires knowing how to Get a Shareable link.
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