Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cathy Brooks of Blog Talk Radio's The Conversation covers TreeRing Yearbooks

by Cathy Brooks on The ConversationThe Conversation takes a seasonal bent. Memorial Day has come and gone, which means it's time to start thinking about summer - the end of the school year and the start of fun and frolic. Today's guests tackle two interesting summer-oriented themes.
One of the most emblamatic things about ending a school year is the yearbook, but sadly due to costs many schools are reducing or even removing this staple of school life. Not if TreeRing has anything to say about it. CEO and Co-Founder Aaron Greco joins the show along with literacy specialist Petey Berman and an 8th grader, Daysi, to talk about the way this old time school practice is getting a new life.

TeachStreet: Personalizable School Yearbooks at Zero Cost to Schools

Posted by Sophie Lange.  Managing our school yearbook on top of my teaching responsibilities always used to feel like a chore.  It was stressful to use the antiquated computers and design software available at my school, and ensuring that we included enough photos of each student was stressful. But new book design technology from yearbook company TreeRing.com has changed everything. TreeRing's design software is very intuitive and there are all kinds of beautiful page backgrounds and templates to choose from and customize.  Additionally, the software is web-based so my yearbook team can work on the book from home if need be. TreeRing delivered our school’s yearbooks last week and so many students were elated.  As usual, our yearbook features all the school-wide activities, campus highlights and a class portrait of each student.  But there’s a twist – each yearbook is personalized to include a few pages dedicated to the student receiving the book. This option was available to all families, and more than 90% of those who ordered a book decided to personalize it.
It is palpable how much more excited and proud of their yearbooks our students are this year. Students have fun exchanging notes and signatures as always, and now they can also share photos of family trips, Halloween costumes, and holiday traditions that are specific to them.  It’s like each student’s own experience is validated. TreeRing’s process makes it possible to capture individual memories in this collective school artifact.  It’s not necessary to be the most popular or pretty girl – and the boys don’t have to be captain of the football team – just to have their experiences represented.
Another plus is that our school no longer has to pre-order or pre-pay for yearbooks - all parents order them directly online.  It's been wonderful to be taken out of the check collecting business!  They have a very easily to understand website in case you want more info.
It was easy for me to convince our principal to switch yearbook providers because signing up with TreeRing.com is no cost to the school.  And the company even plants a tree in a partnership with the nonprofit organization Trees for the Future for each book purchased.
What a fantastic way to bring the yearbook tradition into the current era of technology, and to make sure each kid’s experience is represented in the copy that they take home!  Thank you, TreeRing. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

CW News: Create your own yearbook with treering.com

Morning News show, Everyday w/ Libby AND Natalie, on KWGN-CW in Denver, CO discusses how cool TreeRing yearbooks are.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kleinspiration Blog: Personalize your own Yearbook with TreeRing

Have you ever noticed that school yearbooks only have about 2 photos of your child? Recently, I’ve discovered a company that is trying to change that and personalize yearbooks. It’s calledwww.TreeRing.com, and it allows the yearbook team to create a bulk of the yearbook online, and each student or parent creates their own personalized pages with photos and memories from the past year. Upon completion, parents purchase the yearbook and hard copies are delivered to the school to keep up with the school spirit.
Because families create and order their yearbooks directly online through TreeRing, schools no longer have to pre-purchase and resell yearbooks, an antiquated and wasteful practice that regularly leaves schools with unsold books and lots of wasted money. TreeRing’s innovative automated process eliminates the financial burden on schools to pay upfront fees for conventional yearbooks. TreeRing even plants a tree in honor of each yearbook sold.
Like the growth rings of a tree, each memory in a TreeRing yearbook is marked in a student’s personalized copy. The memories, accomplishments and activities of each student's life are capture and preserved, so that years from now they'll look back at their TreeRing yearbook and remember all of their great times they had each school year.  READ MORE