MOUNT PLEASANT — Case High School’s yearbook has gone high-tech.
This spring, for the first time, Case students can download a free smartphone and tablet app that lets them scan yearbook images to view related digital content on their devices.
Scanning the yearbook’s cover, for instance, lets users view a video montage of Case students and activities. Scanning other pages shows users sports videos, a homecoming pep rally, photo slideshows and much more, explained Case English and yearbook teacher Kari Morey.
“Some is people dancing in assemblies. Or the jazz band playing when you look at a picture of the jazz band,” Morey said. “Some is people talking about favorite memories from the year. For spring sports we went to a game and photographed someone pitching a baseball or something like that.”
That content makes the yearbook “come to life,” said Erin Grunnet, a yearbook sales representative for Missouri-based Walsworth Publishing. Walsworth prints Case’s yearbook and has partnered with Aurasma, an augmented reality arm of Hewlett Packard, to offer the app and digital content at no extra charge, Grunnet said.
Morey and two of her yearbook students heard about the app and digital content capability at a Walsworth conference last summer, Morey said.
“We all just kind of looked at each other like, ‘We need to make this happen,’ ” she said.
So they did. About 40 students in Morey’s two yearbook classes spent this school year making the videos and photo slideshows now viewable through the yearbook and its app. Students got their yearbooks Friday during a yearbook-signing event at Case, 7345 Washington Ave., Morey said.
Having the videos and photo slideshows means the yearbook can offer more coverage of events and can even include events that happen after the physical yearbook goes to print in April, Grunnet said.
“We could still videotape the valedictorian speech and find a photo in the book and connect it to that,” she said.