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 what if the unknown student doesn't have many friends?

Furthermore, students complain about pictures. 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.

Lastly, it helps us determine whose photos we cannot use due to parental requests. When a guardian checks no on the photo release form, we can tag their photo with "Do not use."

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

If you are a student 13 years old or younger, your District Admin may have blocked Google Photos. In this class, you will need to use the yearbook teacher's school Google Photos account. If you have not already read about FERPA, please click here.

Turn on Facial Recognition

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

Google Photos 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.

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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