Senior Projects 2012 Dear Senior Project Panel Members: Thank you so much for taking your time to review our project and sit on our panel. We are excited to share our Senior Project with you. As you peruse our information, please enjoy our reflections and artifacts. We look forward to presenting to you and welcome any questions you have. Inside you will find: • • •
Tori McQueen’s Reflection Amber Gilbert’s Reflection Artifacts from the project
Sincerely, The Digital Yearbook Team
Amber Gilbert Senior project reflection At the beginning of the year I really didn’t have a clear idea of what my senior project was going to be. After a few weeks into the year my group and I decided to make a digital yearbook for only the seniors. A video dictated to the senior class of 2012. Included in the video are memories from our freshmen year. Also included are memories from our entire high school career. The video included a personal portfolio for each senior including a senior or school picture, a brief summary about their self, and a goodbye message. We thought this would be revolutionary because we had only received 1 out of 3 yearbooks and also we wanted to showcase our skills on using programs to make the yearbook. When we started we had some problems getting everyone to fill out the survey we made so we could make their portfolio pages. Some people just would not fill it out. So for those people that did not fill the survey out they just had their picture in the video instead of a portfolio page. After we compiled all of the surveys we made the portfolio pages for all students. We also compiled pictures from our entire high school career. After we got all those things together we made a video with movie maker. I am pleased with the way our video turned out and how revolutionary it is. Not a lot of high schools can say they have a digital yearbook like we do. As mentioned before we ran into the problem of students not taking the survey in order for us to make their portfolio page. We spent at least a month trying to find these people so they could fill out the survey. We finally got fed up with them not doing it so we decided that they would just have their school picture in the video. On element of the portfolio page was having each student’s baby and senior pictures on it. This also caused a problem because we had to also find these students and get their pictures from them. I personally went person to person and asked for their pictures. If they didn’t give them to us by a certain day we went ahead and used their school picture instead. We also had some successes with the project as well. We got the portfolios completed, all other items (i.e. pictures music teacher comments ect.), and get the video done on time. I wish I would of known how time consuming getting everything together to make the video. I am very proud of our product and would love to see it done every year from now on. The skills I gained while working on this project will help with my future plans. I wanted to go into photography so using movie maker could be used. I have also thought about going into something related to the media so being able to use movie maker might come in handy too.
Tori McQueen Senior Project Reflection
Senior Digital Yearbook is a gathering of memories for those who will graduate from CSA as the Class of 2012. We have captured all these memories onto a burned CD, which will be available at graduation for each senior, free of charge. On the CD, you can find many pictures from our freshmen year, other pictures from within the past four years, specially created individual portfolios of the graduates, along with comments from the facilitators who have known the class of 2012 the longest. We haven’t changed what we wanted the digital yearbook to look like since we first came up with the idea. For us, it was just basically shaping and designing how everything was going to look since our project is brand new. Now that we look back, the whole thing doesn’t seem as revolutionary as we originally thought it would be. My group members and I are still hopeful that our final product will turn out to be great, but we will probably be the only ones who notice that small lack of revolution. We hope that everyone else will see our hard work and effort within the final product. The main struggle we encountered was receiving surveys and photos so that we could start to create the individual portfolios. Finding our mentor was another issue as well. We ended up finding one that didn’t necessarily work on the same type of things as our project, but one of the same programs‐‐‐ which was Photoshop. I used Photoshop to construct the individual portfolios which had both their photos and information gathered from the survey on them. The portfolio construction went very well and was successful since I built a template. I feel that putting the final criteria into a slideshow type of video was very successful as well because of the ease of the program and just how simple it was to finally put everything together. As of right now, I am not satisfied with the project because the rest of the senior class didn’t take our project seriously as far as submitting their information that we needed in order to complete the project. My group and I could have been more aggressive with collecting this but there wasn’t much else we could do to boost their cooperation. The lack of cooperation from the senior class resulted in us only being able to use 71 out of 84 seniors’ information to create the individual portfolios. Sometimes throughout the process of our project, I found myself wishing that I would have stuck with what I had wanted to do for my senior project, which was planning graduation. I really wish I would’ve thought about having to deal with the cooperation or lack thereof from my fellow classmates, also the collaboration within my project group before I started. Completing this project helped me learn how to conduct surveys, gather information, design layouts, and putting together a project video; all of which could be useful in future job opportunities. The designing of the layouts for the individual portfolio pages can relate to my future career within the magazine field and opened my eyes to potential possibilities. I also gained experience with Photoshop that boosted my creative abilities that will help me when I have to use that program in college.