How to ‘Teach’ Yearbook Online

How to ‘Teach’ Yearbook Online

By Nicole Hammond, Professional Development Trainer

April 2, 2020

So many things have been thrown into upheaval this spring, and everyone is finding themselves doing jobs and wearing hats that they don’t feel confident about. Teachers and advisers who are used to face-to-face interactions with students are suddenly having to rewrite curriculum and adapt lessons to digital platforms and online meetings.  

Creator Studio is supporting you as you switch to online teaching with our digital curriculum, as well as a list of other online resources that your students and staff can use immediately!


1 – PYBU Webinars & Back-To-Basics Curriculum

Picaboo Yearbooks University (PYBU) is a monthly training webinar series and news feed for product updates, support and resources. We launched this program in the Fall of 2018, and it’s been a big success! Each month, we deliver ways to improve your yearbook, navigate Creator Studio, and preserve your sanity throughout the school year. We have 2 seasons of pre-recorded webinars available for advisers and their staff to access.

There are also 7 webinars in Season 2, entitled “Back to Basics” which have accompanying lesson plans that you can work on with your class or team.

All previous webinars, lesson plans and other handouts can be found on our Tools and Resources page.


2 – Online Resources

Beyond the Picaboo Yearbooks University curriculum, there are other fantastic resources online. There are so many journalism education sites with valuable information to share, but here we have curated a small list of some of the best!

  • The Journalism Educator’s Association (JEA) has a wealth of curriculum on its website, for members. They do have a few lessons available without membership, so it’s definitely worth a look. And, if you want to join, you’ll have access to all!
  • The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has so many resources on their website and their adviser toolbox and curriculum cover everything!
  • The American Press Institute has worthwhile resources for incorporating social media, understanding media law, and a large unit on “Journalism Essentials”.

Your students have a unique opportunity to report on the impacts of the virus in their own homes, neighborhoods and friend groups. Even though they are learning remotely, they can hone their reporting skills and provide valuable content to the 2020 yearbook!

Have more questions? Maybe you’d like to organize a personalized class with pros from the Creator Studio team to walk through some features and best practices. If so, let’s talk!

Reach out to your Client Success Specialist or Account Representative if you require any support. You can also email us at or dial our support line at 855-537-0050.

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