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High school yearbook takes next step, embeds video

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BRODHEAD (WKOW) -- Students are getting their hands on Brodhead High School's 2014 yearbook, and discovering the edition's dozens of photos are literally jumping off the page.

Utilizing an app through a Missouri-based yearbook publishing company, yearbook adviser Barbara Miller and her student staff have created and embedded video in the yearbook titled, "Beyond Words."

"If you stay status quo, you're falling behind, so if the technology is there to include video on a printed page, you've got to take these opportunities," Miller tells 27 News.

Using a smart phone or tablet, students download the free app from the website Aurasma, and then point the viewfinder at any image with a special icon, and a video associated with the yearbook photo plays.

Yearbook staff member, sophomore Sophia Flood Elyafi says this is a natural progression for the yearbook concept.

"Since technology is becoming so broad, and part of everywhere, we thought we should incorporate it into something that's so classic."

The concept turns the photo of the school's show choir into a video of its performance of Guys and Dolls; a girl's basketball team picture morphs into the pep band playing at one of the team's games; and the yearbook page devoted to Brodhead's foreign exchange student program features video of two students reading the page's text in Italian.

Miller says producing the embedded video and synchronizing all the content has been a valuable lesson for student staff members.

"So this has real world application, and getting these kids ready for the real world is what we're all about."

Junior Mikayla Hanson was pleasantly surprised the yearbook included this technological upgrade.

"(The) Videos in it, all of our games, and showing the whole season of sports," Hanson says. "Like our show choir season, had a whole slide show of our pictures. It's really cool."

Miller says the 2014 Brodhead High yearbook mirrors trends in the publishing world of interactivity between magazine pages and videos with related content.

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