The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Education

June 26, 2014

Yearbook app awes administrators

FULTON, Ill. — A new technology showcased by Fulton High School students is wowing administrators.

“I’ve been in education for 17 years and the students at this school seem more interested and in-tuned to technology and staying on the edge of it,” Fulton High School Principal Chris Tennyson said. “To me this (yearbook feature) says everything about what Fulton High School is.”

The feature Tennyson is referring to is called Aurasma, a cutting-edge smartphone application that allows for a digital interaction with the 2013-14 school yearbook.

Instead of a traditional yearbook that features photo-collages and school pictures, the Fulton High School yearbook now allows students and parents the ability to see videos and slideshows of different high school events throughout the year.

And Jeff Hoese’s Media Publications class and yearbook group were the masterminds behind the project.

“Mr. Hoese approached me about this new app and my first thought was, ‘what is this going to cost?’” Tennyson said. “When he said there would be no cost to the school or to his program, I said ‘absolutely, go for it.’”

The free app, compatible with Apple and Android devices, pairs with a special icon located on a variety of phones featured in the high school yearbook opening the viewer to a video playback of that photo.

It could be a photo of students dancing at prom, or of a game-winning basket at a Fulton High School basketball game, as long as it has the Aurasma image located on the photo, it is interactive with the smartphone app.

Though the 2013-14 yearbooks are not yet available, Tennyson was able to preview the app through a sample image and said he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

“My initial reaction when I saw it was I was speechless for about 30 seconds,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that this app brought a picture from our yearbook to life. I was pretty much in awe at what it can do.”

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