Wilton High presents an interactive yearbook

This year’s Wilton High School yearbook is something the school district has never seen before.

On June 12, seniors and yearbook editors Kate Bell and Andrew Lee presented Wilton High School’s first technologically interactive yearbook to the Board of Education.

“We used a brand new yearbook company this year and brand new technology that allows us to put video into our yearbooks,” Kate told the board.

Using an app called “Aurasma,” the yearbook staff was able to link yearbook images to video clips, which may be viewed by accessing the app on a smartphone, iPad or tablet, and holding the device over the linked images.

“We went to Aurasma.com and we used images from the yearbook as trigger images, then linked those together and when you hover over the image, a video pops up,” Andrew explained.

In front of the board, Kate and Andrew hovered an iPad over an image of the marching band on Memorial Day and used the Aurasma app to access the video clip linked to the photo.

Wilton High School’s Aurasma page, accessed through the app, specifies which yearbook images are trigger images, Kate explained to the board.

“There are some on our basketball page, our skiing page and our artist page, so it’s something really cool to check out,” she said.

Andrew said the purpose of the interactive yearbook images is to provide students with more vivid, enhanced memories of their experiences at Wilton High School.

“When you go back to the yearbook 15 years from now, it will remind you of where you came from and the good times,” Andrew told the board.

“We worked really hard on the yearbook. There were long nights and long weekends, and it came out really great,” said Kate.

Middlebrook yearbook

Middlebrook and Cider Mill students also presented their 2014 school yearbooks to the board.

Sixth grade social studies teacher and Middlebrook yearbook adviser Will Mathews explained to the board how the school piloted online sales this year.

“There’s been quite a learning curve with it, but it seems to be working out all right,” he said.

“It takes a lot of work off the teachers in the school because in the old way, for two weeks, they would have to return envelopes with money in them, but with this way, that doesn’t have to be done anymore.”

Mr. Mathews introduced sixth grader Zach Sherman, one of Middlebrook’s yearbook staff editors, to talk about putting together this year’s Middlebrook yearbook.

“The students at Middlebrook take the pictures for the yearbook. I’m in student government and we do a lot of charity fund-raisers and other things, so I took some of the pictures for student government,” said Zach.

“I also took some other pictures from sixth grade field trips that we have.”

Zach told the board how the Middlebrook yearbook staff used an online editing program to format the pages.

“You choose a format for your page and you drag and paste pictures from the right side compartment that the pictures are in,” he explained.

“You can also customize a background for it and put whatever pictures you want.”

Cider Mill yearbook

Cider Mill students Parker, Reed and Davis presented their school’s yearbook to the board on behalf of Cider Mill’s yearbook staff.

“Lucky representatives from each class shared an enchanted journey throughout creating the ... yearbook. We all had a great time finding names and classes with our friends and schoolmates,” Parker told the board.

“It was a lot of fun working on the yearbook with all my friends,” said Reed. “It took a lot of time, but it was worth it — they turned out great.”