How did schools ever manage without photos? It seems that a child’s every step through education is documented in photo. But how do we as teachers best manage all of these photos? How do we ensure the best value for all stake holders; how do we maximise viewing for kids and parents, minimise processing time for teachers and keep kids safe?
This afternoon I was asked to put a selection of photos from our recent school camp onto our network so that they could be used for the school bulletin and an end of year slideshow. No problem, except that I have nearly 1000 photos from the week away! And I have already had to pick out 30 photos for the yearbook – and put them in another place on the network. Now, I could just copy and paste them to the second location, but I don’t think it’s sensible to use the same 30 photos in all publications when there are so many to choose from. But this means another hour sorting through them. There has to be a better way.
So, my question to you is, (how) is it possible to have all photos available for selection in one place where the necessary stake holder (ie. yearbook organiser, end of year slideshow creator, weekly bulletin author, individual teachers, students, etc) can find what they are after efficiently and without having to sort through the 1000s of photos that are taken each year? Clearly, our method of various folders on a network depending on the need is archaic. What does your school do? Is it effective, efficient, easy? Does it keep kids safe?
Please help – I can’t stand this system. I need a better alternative.