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 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.
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.
- Go to photos.google.com.
- Select the three bars in the upper left corner.
- Scroll down to Send feedback.
- Type a message such as "Make Google Photos a Core Service. Photos is perfect for school yearbooks!"
- If desired, uncheck Include snapshot.
- 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.
How does Google Classroom fit into the picture?