As much as I love the Google Photos and how it can be used with school yearbooks, I completely understand if your school decides to use an FERPA compliant Google app.

Yes, you can use a Shared Google Drive folder, but yearbook advisors change. I taught the yearbook class from 2014-2016. Due to scheduling and credentials in 2016-2017, another teacher had that responsibility. Now the yearbook class is mine again. Back and forth. Back and forth.

Another solution is Team Drive. Watch this video to learn more.

Team Drive Yearbook


  • Team Drive belongs does not belong to any single user.
  • Editing permissions can be set at Full, Edit, Comment or View access.
  • Team Drive must be individually shared with each student.
  • While the folder does not have a Shareable link, you can simply copy the link in the address bar.
  • Paste the link into a Google Classroom assignment so that students can access all resources from one location.

Learn more about Team Drive here.

Google Photos Send Feedback


I firmly believe in the yearbook potential of Google Photos. I request that help me change Google Photos to a Core Service. This will ensure student privacy and encourage more schools to use the app for school yearbooks.


  1. Go to
  2. Select the three bars in the upper left corner.
  3. Scroll down to Send feedback.
  4. Type a message such as "Make Google Photos a Core Service. Photos is perfect for school yearbooks!"
  5. If desired, uncheck Include snapshot.
  6. Click Send.

If enough of us request it, we can make Google Photos a Core Service. Until then, Team Drive (without photo editing options) is an option.

Next Steps...

How does Google Classroom fit into the picture?