An Elementary School Yearbook by b1hRTASP


									An Elementary School
     An Online Project
  St Dorothy Elementary
        2000 - 2002
Presentation Outline
St. Dorothy
Background Information
The Yearbook Process
Concluding Advice
The yearbook project began as a booklet
of writing produced by the graduates for
the graduates.
As computer technology and its access
began to expand, so too did the yearbook.
Today it has developed into a year-long,
school-wide, student-driven online
St Dorothy
      St Dorothy
8931, 6th Avenue
Montréal, Québec,
Tel: (514) 381-0355
Fax: (514) 381-0788
   Who We Are
      An inner-city school
Pre-K to Level 6 (410 students)
   Bilingual French program
  ICT Integration pilot school
Part of the Canadian Innovative
        Schools Network
Personal Background
Full-time level six teacher
Class size = 29 students
Inner city environment
Workload: *Level 6 - all subjects,
*Level 4 - 30 minutes per day of
Language Arts, *Level 3 - 2 hours a
week of Language Arts: Written
The Yearbook Process
Funding & resources
School-wide participation
Graduate responsibilities
 Individual pages
 Tech teams
All of the students receive a copy of the
yearbook free of charge thanks to the
Grassroots Block project.
Grassroots Block project funding comes
to approx $5000.00 - enough to cover the
cost of publication
We have to apply for this funding every
School wide resources:
 Fully equipped computer lab
 Technology resource person
 1 digital camera
 Digital video camera
Classroom resources:
 6 iMac computers
 2 scanners
   More Resources
Computer Software:
 Adobe PhotoDeluxe
 Adobe PageMaker
 Claris Home Page
 Macromedia Dreamweaver
School-wide Participation
Every class from Pre-K to Level 5
  1 page of English language contributions
  1 page of French language contributions
  Pictures of any class activities that take place
  over the course of the year.
  Work is placed into a Group Shared folder in
  the Yearbook file or can be given “on paper”.
  (scanned/prepared by level 6 students)
Graduate Responsibilities
  Class is divided into committees
  Each committee has specific tasks
  Each committee is run by a “manager”
  Each group has to transcribe their experiences
  in order to help students in the following
  years…what they they did it..tricks
  they learned along the way…an ONLINE
  Each student is responsible for 1-2 pages of
  personal work, including a picture .
 Editorial Committee
Made up of two students who are
responsible for:
  Writing and distributing memos to staff about
  class contribution deadlines,project
  information,labeling of pupils in group
  Contact the printing company to find out
  technical information regarding the printing
  (best fonts,picture quality, etc…) and the cost
  of the yearbook.
  Work with all the other managers to ensure
  that all the work is proceeding as planned.
Photography Committee
  Using the digital camera and/or digital
  video camera to record any events
  taking place in the school.
  Uploading of images and importing of
  stills from video footage.
  Processing images for online & printed
   Scanner Committee
  Scanning of any and
  all pictures to be used
  in the online & printed
  Includes the scanning
  of staff and individual
  class photos.
  Layout Committee
  Sorting through all
  the images that have
  been uploaded and
  selecting which ones
  will be included in the
  Prepares each page
  so that they are
  visually stimulating
  both online & printed.
  Print/Typing Committee
  Researching and
  filling in the names of
  each person present
  in the class photos.
  All text work on
  “novelty” pages.
  Printing the “best”
  copy of each page for
  the hardcopy of the
 Divided into committees similar to the
 printed publication
 Each committee is responsible for
 different aspects ..e.g .Graduates’
 pages…Activity pages
 Export to web site (PDF file)
 Create links.
     Thoughts/Advice based on
     my experiences…and,
     often,my mistakes.
     Just repeat:
        I will get through this !
        My students DO
        understand English /
        French !
        Tylenol is available in
1.Get an early start:
 A. Teamwork:
   Prepare students to work as a group.
   Choose/accept leadership roles.
   Be responsible for their own tasks.
   Keep a “record” of who does what
   Self-evaluation - accomplishment as a group
   & as an individual within that group.
B. Photography Committee:

 Remember that the children must learn to
 operate the equipment.
 Allow for enough time so that pictures and
 videos can be downloaded properly.
 Have a record of all activities - including the
 ones that occur at the beginning of the school
 Let the staff know that these “in-school”
 photographers are available to record
 classroom activities or projects.
C. Choose Title / Theme

  Allows for ample time to design a cover
  for the yearbook.
  Gives the rest of the school lots of time
  to complete their submissions based on
  the yearbook’s theme.(if desired)
     2. GET HELP
–   A. Work groups:
•   2 teachers are better than 1 and…
•   3 teachers are better than 2 and…
•   A committee made up of teachers and
    the principal working on different
    aspects of the yearbook is even better.
•   Add a technology resource person
    and you have the BEST combo yet!
B. Personal Aid
Try to use some of the Grassroots
money to arrange for time off towards
the end of the project when everything
needs to be “put together.”
Arrange to have the computer lab
declared “off limits” during that time.
    IT WILL CHANGE: you need to use some class
    time for the committees to meet/organize.
    Suggestion:          Use the first part of the
    day to do the “teaching/explaining”in various
    subject areas.
                   Assign the work to be covered
                   Committees meet or work on the
    computers on a rotational basis with a limited
    time period …depending on what stage of the
    yearbook you’ve reached.
                   1 more thing…
•     YES..lunch time and after school are often
    needed especially for lab access!
          4.Murphy’s Law &
SAVE as much as possible on
If you’re working with a server,
use the external hard drive.
Always remember:
“If something can go
wrong… it WILL go
A personal note. We are jugglers:
teaching, correcting, testing, reporting to
parents, attending meetings, decorating our
classrooms, refereeing disputes, filling in
endless forms,collecting snacks and milk
cartons, while trying to do the best for our
students. We do it…we’re TEACHERS!
One last’s often helped me.

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