I've published four yearbooks now: three in Philadelphia and one (almost two!) in Richmond. Each one has been a labor of love. Despite their troubles, I find them fulfilling. It's all worth it when I see the eagerness in kids' faces when they ask if the yearbooks have arrived, listen to them squeal when they see their crazy teacher, or take their pen when they ask me to sign theirs for them.
99% of the yearbook editor's job ends when s/he submits the yearbook to the publishing company. All that's left is for them to be distributed! However, this means that none of the school events from the final few months of school can be captured. UNTIL NOW.
Augmented reality works by a user setting a "trigger image" that causes an app to display other content when activated. By setting each page in the yearbook as a trigger image, each page can come to life with additional pictures, slideshows, and videos. These elements can be changed at anytime online via the Aurasma Studio interface.
This added element means my yearbook team can continue documenting the school year after we submit the book. This year, we're going to be able to include our official class pictures, which weren't possible before (they are taken in late April, well past our submission deadline). We'll also do some interviews with students about the school year and maybe include a message from the teachers.
I'll have to post a follow-up after our book is finished, but here's a preview of what it might look like: