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The added benefit of creating a yearbook in Google Slides is the collaboration opportunities. Of course, this means that we must be able to share photos with our yearbook staff.

Digital Cameras

Most yearbook classes have digital cameras. To transfer the photos from the camera to Google Photos or Google Drive, you will need either a cable (best option) or know how to insert the removable memory card into the computer/Chromebook.

Camera to computer cable

Mini USB Cables connect digital cameras to computers/Chromebooks. I recommend labeling the cables and keeping them in a highly visible area.

Digital cameras save photos to memory cards. The problem with removing memory cards, like the SanDisk pictured above, from the digital camera is that students typically lose them.

Smart Phones

Ideally, students and staff could upload photos from their phone directly to a Google Photos Shared Album. Due to FERPA, however, this ability may be limited to just staff and high school yearbook students. In that case, students can also upload the photos directly to Google Drive Shared folder over the phone using wifi or via USB using a phone charger cable.

Share photos via Share Google Photos Album

Upload photos to a Google Photos Shared Album

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your smartphone.
  2. At the bottom of the app, you will see Assistant, Photos, Albums, and Sharing. Select Sharing.
  3. Click on the name of the shared album.
  4. Select the + icon.
  5. Select the image(s) to be uploaded.
  6. Click DONE.
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Uploading to a Google Drive Folder

  1. Open the Google Drive app on your phone.
  2. Find the folder you want to use.
  3. Select the + icon.
  4. Click on Upload.
  5. Select one or more images to upload.

When students could not connect their phones to the protected school wifi, they discovered this option. Most students like to carry their phone chargers with them.

Share photos to Google Drive via USB

Uploading with a USB Phone Cable

  1. Plug in the USB cable into your smartphone and laptop/Chromebook.
  2. Open the desired Google Drive folder.
  3. Select New -> File upload.
  4. Find your phone.
  5. Upload the photos.

Next steps...

We know amateur photography and how to share photos. What about editing photos?