This school year will be unlike any other — and we’ll stretch our idea of yearbook coverage to match it. As you begin your journey to create an unforgettable yearbook, here are some ideas to get you and your team thinking.
Some typical student life spreads can still be completed, but if you need ideas to replace events that don’t occur (homecoming, pep rallies, etc.), here is a list to get you started.
TRADITIONAL STUDENT LIFE IDEAS THAT ARE STILL ACHIEVABLE
Throwback features or how far you’ve come
Favorite shows to binge-watch
Favorite new streaming service
(Ex. The Peacock from NBC)
Favorite YouTube channels or streamers/influencers
Jobs and essential work
Junk in your trunk
(Ex. junk under your bed, junk in your closet, etc.)
What’s on your playlist?
Chronological pages to cover what’s happening as it happens at school, in the community, in the world (fun things, not just “current events” things)
People and their pets
Trends: Got-to-have shoes, clothes and accessories/technology
Tech talk: What’s the ultimate tech setup at home?
Gamer life: Stories of gamers with no schedule
NEW TOPICS RELATED TO QUARANTINE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
Getting my driver’s license during social distancing
Watching Netflix together but apart
What I lost: Athletics, drama, job, etc…
What I gained: Silver linings
How I helped: Service in a time of social distancing
How I moved forward: Online AP Testing, SAT/ACT, college admissions, college visits
New normal: What was our daily routine? Day in the life of multiple kids from each grade level
Quarantine chic: What’s your fashion when working from home?
Impact of COVID-19 on the community: An entire spread about the city/town/county itself. Consider reaching out to local publications. Enlist local photographers to help document this time in exchange for free ad space (they could take pics of school, of town, maybe of seniors, etc.)
Adapt: How school events happened
QR codes to school videos
Remember when we… What you miss most about life at school before the quarantine?
Quarantine food innovations
Lunch at home (What do you eat? How do you make it? Best and grossest lunches)
Class ring fashion show
Quarantine chores your parents made you do
COVID-19 survival stories
Dating during the quarantine
Funniest auto-correct messages
Escaping screentime: What you do to get away from your digital life?
How has digital learning affected your social media life?
Teachers keep teaching: How did they handle teaching remotely?
The ins and outs of Zoom
Best Zoom moments
My favorite study spots
Studying with my pet
Assign each student to submit a photo of themself at home and explain why it represents this period in their life?
The yearbook staff could give English teachers an extended list of questions for students to answer in an English assignment that could relate to the year and the theme
Photography: Devote part of the book to featuring photos/photographers
Art: Devote a section to featuring artwork/artists
Creative writing: Devote part of the book to featuring writing/writers
Use augmented reality or QR codes to embed videos students shoot of their performances
Performing together online. Who has participated in something like a Zoom chorus rehearsal? How did it go?
Digital learning: Ask the principal to ask teachers to take three-four screenshots of what learning looks like in their classes. You’ll probably need admin support for teachers to follow-through.
Math: Use augmented reality or QR codes to show videos of students solving a math formula or talking through a word problem
Science: Experiments/lab assignments at home
Oral presentations quarantine-style
Fun things teachers do to make digital learning better
Photo bomb: When parents, grandparents, pets, siblings etc. interrupted an online class
Most embarrassing/surprising Zoom moments
Designing my virtual background
What does an online class session look like?
Notebooks, sticky-notes and highlighters: Non-digital relief to digital learning
The at-home athlete
Staying in shape
Athletic scholarship stories
What I miss most about my sport, my team, the season
Pets in letter jackets (or grandmas or some fun way to get athletes in shots with their letter jackets)
Home gyms: What do you use to substitute for gym equipment?
Making gym equipment out of everyday items
Eating healthy at home
Athletes’ quarantine schedules
Gather rosters and content from any clubs still meeting
Gather content from other groups students have made themselves:
Remote jam sessions
Students who are representatives to community organizations
Value of being involved in groups
Community projects: Food banks, church youth group, scouts
Provide easy ways for voting and photo submission
Try some “new” superlatives!
Most likely to fall asleep on Zoom
Latest night owl
Most tech savvy teacher
Best on-camera teacher
Teacher with the coolest digital classroom (where they are in their house)
Best dressed on screen
Coolest virtual background
For seniors, use submitted photos (from senior casual photos)
Staffers could take senior photos on their doorsteps or have seniors come to school on a spaced-out schedule
Could use previous year’s portraits, if needed
Enhance the people section so that it features more than portraits, and the portraits are larger. This section could easily scale up page-wise to make up for canceled activities.
Feature stories related to that grade level:
Freshmen getting used to the rigor of high school or attending a HS orientation virtually
Sophomores getting a driver’s license or permit or other turning-16 ritual
Juniors focused on their transcript for college or getting a car
Seniors turning 18, voting, getting senioritis or applying to colleges