Our Schools2019-03-15T12:19:49+00:00

Hear What Our Schools are Saying

We partner with hundreds of private schools around the globe and love to hear and share their Vidigami stories and experiences. Here are some exciting examples of Vidigami in action, making a difference, and engaging school communities.

Russell Marston
Rosedale Day School (Toronto)

Jennifer Pawluk
Balmoral Hall School (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Heather Mosher, Alan McInnes
Southridge School (BC, Canada)

Mark Siegel, Rachel Karl
Delphian School (OR)

Amy Bannon
The White Mountain School (NH)

Jacklyn Bunch
Deerfield Academy (MA)

Julia MacMullan
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PA)

Amanda Beeler
AIM Academy (PA)

Lori Paredes
The Regis School of the Sacred Heart (TX)

Sini Fernandez
The Bear Creek School (WA)

Rob Johnson
La Salle College High School (PA)

Katie Rice Jones
Cathedral School for Boys (CA)

Ashley Burke
The Hamlin School (CA)

Sarah Hanawald
ATLIS, St. Timothy’s School (NC)

Renee Ramig
The Seven Hills School (CA)

Lesley Coe
Cardinal Gibbons High School (NC)

Ellen Hatherill
Holton-Arms School (MD)

Jodie Shoemaker
The Woods Academy (MD)

Alison Webster and Hilary Rochelle
Dedham Country Day School (MA)

Madison Powers
The Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA)

Aidan McWhinney, Angie Cairns
Tilton School (NH)



Claire Whorton

Communications Specialist, St. Paul Christian Academy (TN)

We used to use social sites like Shutterfly and Flickr to share photos with parents. As an elementary school, we love capturing every moment! We needed a way for parents to access (or not) as many (or as few) photos as possible with a secure platform. Thank you for making all of our lives easier around here!

Kate Raven

Communications Officer, Greenwood College School (ON, Canada)

Every year we hear how the yearbook team struggles with getting the right photos. Now, there’s a much larger selection to choose from. Vidigami was the first product of its kind, offering a central location for the community to upload, while managing who can access what.

Anu Mannar

Director of Marketing and Admissions, The Raleigh School (NC)

We really retain the spirit of parent engagement and involvement. We have a lot of younger parents on campus who take pictures, and, we’re outside a lot (field trips)…key reasons why Vidigami was a natural fit. Currently, we have 94% of our families engaged.

Mary Beth Giallanza

Website Manager, The Gow School (New York)

We love the tags. It’s so helpful to be able to pull up all of the photos of a given student. Vidigami is an efficient way to share photos with parents…and so far, I can tell you that the reception among them has been very positive.

Liz Torrey

Alumni Information, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Middletown (DE)

We are SO GLAD we purchased Vidigami. It’s been revolutionary for our workflow, our ability to crowdsource photos, and for overseas parents to access their children’s photos. THANK YOU for coming up with this product and tailoring it to schools!

Seiji Ogata

Technology Consultant, Caedmon School (NY)

Vidigami makes it easier to connect with our parents and community. We have a better relationship with parents who are now sharing their photos and contributing. Management and outreach is much simpler than it was before.

Jodie Shoemaker

Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations, The Woods Academy (MD)

I’m a parent at The Woods Academy, and I love the fact that I can hop on the app and see all my son’s tagged photos first thing at work everyday.

Renee Ramig

Director of Technology, Seven Hills School (CA)

Photo management used to be a challenge. Platform issues, access limitations, complexity, and lack of security…etc. Vidigami offers a centralized, easy-to-use solution that’s so valuable for our team.

Alan McInnes

Web & AV Service Manager, Southridge School (BC, Canada)

Our school photos are the crown jewels of Southridge. Vidigami ensures these are preserved and organized in a student-centric way. The biggest value? Helping families better connect with our school. It keeps getting better the longer you use it.

Ross Murray

Communications, Stanstead College (QC, Canada)

Vidigami brings an exciting new perspective to boarding families. Log in, and the first faces you see are your kids. It’s a consistent funnel of content telling each student’s story.

Marie Mitchell

Learning Commons Coordinator, Fairfield Country Day School (CT)

My favourite thing about Vidigami is how easy it is to upload and access photos so that all the great things we do at our school are documented in one convenient place.

Susan Hutchison

Director of Junior School, Crofton House School (BC, Canada)

Vidigami gives us a very professional, systematic way of organizing photos and videos that’s both easy for teachers and for families.

Laura Korotkin

Communications and Social Media Manager, Detroit Country Day School

A couple of things we love about Vidigami are the security and the face tagging capabilities – which help our yearbook staff and others with projects for the headmaster. It also offers Single Sign-On with Finalsite.

Bethany Silvestri

Director of Communications, Woodland School Portola Valley (CA)

Community is the DNA of Woodland School. Vidigami is in line with community involvement because communicating with visuals creates powerful emotional connection. It’s a multi-faceted tool that everyone can use, and, I no longer have to scramble around to find what I need.

Tura Cottingham

Dir. Marketing & Communications, North Shore Country Day School (IL)

This year, more parents and faculty than ever are uploading photos and, while it’s taken five years, it has been time well spent. We even have a folder for our yearbook editors. I am honored to be an ambassador for Vidigami within the independent school network.

Kristin Mills

Communications, St. Clement’s School (ON, Canada)

One use that has been really helpful is the ability to easily and securely share sets of photos with our vendors as they brand and create our school publications.

Nicolle McDougal

Learning Commons, Trinity-Pawling School (NY)

My son ended up using Vidigami for College! He was able to go his professors with his phone, pull up his tagged photos, and show all his artwork.

Lauren Mandarino

Communications Manager, Royal St. George’s College (ON, Canada)

Vidigami is our photo gallery. It’s the only way we share photos with our community, and we love that our parents get a customized, user-friendly and easy experience.

Alicia Della Maestra

Marketing Manager, Blyth Academy (ON, Canada)

While students are away for a full month, parents sometimes get a little anxious! This is a perfect opportunity for them to log into Vidigami to see how their kids enjoying their summer.

Liz Gouldman

Director of Digital Media & Databases, Holton-Arms School (MD)

We rarely had photos from off-campus competitions. With Vidigami, coaches and parents are now able to easily upload fabulous photos for our Communications team to use and promote the program.

Chris Kasprak

Digital Content Manager, Tabor Academy (MA)

Vidigami provided us with a centralized place for all of the school’s photos, easy organization with tagging for searching, and a much faster workflow for all things photo-related.

Aidan McWhinney

Engagement & Communications Specialist, Tilton School (NH)

Vidigami has streamlined every process I’ve ever had since I started using it. It has made us the best, most loved marketing team on the planet! And…there’s nothing better than happier parents, who now have access to their kids’ photos.

Erfan Mojaddam

Director of Technology, St. Mary's School (CA)

My favorite thing about Vidigami is the ability to go back in time and archive photos throughout the years to view the growth of the school and our students. Around 2/3 of our parents are now actively using the service.

Megan Verchere

Parent, St. George's School (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

I’m someone who is always on-the-go and a working mom, so for me, being able to login to Vidigami on the mobile app is fantastic. I can see parents and students at other independent schools really benefiting from this tool.

Namita Toli

Head of School, Montclair Cooperative School (NJ)

I believe strongly in protecting students’ data by keeping access to their photos and other personal details password-protected. Vidigami offers the privacy and security that schools need.

Dean Sauls

Web Manager and Marketing, Cary Academy (NC)

So many photos, so little time. Vidigami saves our media and marketing departments hours trying to find the perfect photos. 99% of our campus events, big or small, are now documented with photos.

Madison Powers

Communications Manager, The Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA)

We have been really pleased with our relationship with Vidigami from the beginning…It’s really helpful when I want to upload photos, tag the kids, and I know that I’ll easily be able to find photos when I need them. It’s efficient.

Carolyn Lucas

Communications Director, Open Window School (WA)

I like the face tagging and how the metadata is stripped when you pull (content) down…Vidigami has helped our school not only better organize and curate the photos we have, but share and include the community in the process. 

School Stories

Tabor Academy: Centralizing, Organizing and Sharing School Photos 

School Snapshot

Based in Marion, MA, Tabor Academy is a mid-sized traditional boarding school with over 515 students (67% boarding, 33% day). The school began using Vidigami
in May 2017.

Using “Photopool”: How Tabor Academy Managed and Used School Memories

Like many other schools, Tabor Academy uses photography for social media, website use, publications, advertisements and more. With the help of a three-person communication office, Chris was primarily responsible for taking and managing photos for various uses.

One unique activity in the team’s setup is ‘Photopool.’ run by the photography teacher. This is an afternoon activity that students can participate in instead of sports.

Over the past 15 years, Chris and his team have used the Photopool program to get great photos from students. In fact, before their office was formed three years ago, Photopool was the primary way the school collected marketing photos.

The Workflow

From time to time, Chris would share photos through the school’s “Photopool” program to social media, or set aside photos for the website.

“This meant walking over to the Photopool building, grabbing the files I needed, throwing them onto Google Drive, and then move them accordingly Obviously not an ideal setup.”

The Challenges

“Our main issue was that our photos were all over the place and inaccessible. The Photopool files were on a server that was only accessible to a few people. These were also in a database that couldn’t be used by more than one person at a time.”

“Similarly, my photos were on a server that was equally inaccessible and disorganized. This meant that because faculty and staff knew that only I had access to the content, I would receive multiple requests at inconvenient times looking for specific photos.”

The Solution

“Vidigami provided us with a centralized place for all of the school’s photos, easy organization with tagging for searching, and a much faster workflow for all things photo-related.”

Publishing with Slideshows

“Slideshows have been great for us. We collect the best photos from albums into sets, which we can easily share to Facebook and Twitter, or embed into a news story or blog post.”

“With its ease of use, tagging capabilities, and a centralized, cloud-based system with de ned user roles, Vidigami offers us a way to involve parents and alumni down the road. Now, we are using it for archives, which have had no organized digital place to live until now.”

Chris Kasprak | Digital Content Manager

Bridging the Distance: Family Engagement Through Photos at Boarding Schools

About the School

Founded in 1872, Stanstead College combines over 140 years of tradition and excellence to prepare its students for a constantly changing world. Located in a safe, secure and scenic environment in rural Québec, the boarding school has a growing population of 238 students from around the world and a highly involved faculty and staff.

With the help of a core network of active student photographers who are continually contributing new content, Stanstead College has collected over 20,000 photos using the Vidigami system.

The Need: Manage & Share Photos Securely

The team at Stanstead College wanted to engage both students and parents securely by centralizing photo storage in the cloud and to capture content for its key stakeholders – the families. Keeping this group in mind, Stanstead recognized that it could bridge the distance by sharing photos more with the families of its boarding students.

The Future: More Sharing, Connection & Meaning

With a growing number of students being enrolled, Stanstead is in the process of further integrating Vidigami into its long-term communication

plan with the goal of not only growing and centralizing content for internal use but also keeping international families informed and engaged with each student’s experience and school- wide activity using photos – the simplest, most powerful and versatile communicative tools.

The Solution: Photo Management Made Simple, Private & Personal

One of the key bene ts of Vidigami is its ability to provide ‘a window into a student’s life’ for overseas and distant families, who love the personalized experience that pushes photos of their child directly to their account.

Vidigami is an ideal solution for Stanstead College, offering members of the immediate school community an easily accessible environment
for uploading and viewing photos. Additionally, it allows the school’s internal stakeholders to efficiently find and showcase photos for marketing, communications, and advancement.

“Vidigami brings an exciting new perspective to boarding families. Logging in, the first faces you see are those of your kids. Unlike social media, Vidigami is a consistent funnel of photos telling the story of each child at school and sharing it with their parents. It also helps keep existing and prospective families informed of school activity.”

– Ross Murray, Communications, Stanstead College

Making the Most out of School Memories

How Vidigami helped engage the Holton-Arms community

“Vidigami has increased parent and faculty participation at the school, providing access to photos that we couldn’t in the past. For example, our crew team competes o campus and often out of state and we rarely had photos from those competitions.

With Vidigami, coaches and parents easily uploaded photos that the Communications team could use to market the program. In the future, we are hoping to get our high school students more involved in this process as well.”

School Snapshot

Founded in 1901 by Jessie Moon Holton and Carolyn Hough Arms, the Holton-Arms School is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls, grades 3 through 12, located in Washington, D.C.

Enrolled Students: 664

Faculty members: 93

Seeking a Better Way to Crowdsource Photos

Holton-Arms didn’t have the manpower to cover all of the amazing things happening at school. They wanted to allow community members who attend events, field trips and other activities, to share their photos with the communications team and the community. However, there was no inclusive way to crowdsource photos.

Simple Access through Single Sign-On

“Vidigami provided us a solution for crowdsourcing photos. In addition, the school was looking for a system that would work with their website and not require yet another user name every login. Through the SSO integration with Finalsite, members of the school can log into Vidigami simply using their existing user credentials.”

Sharing: Too Private or Too Public.

“We wanted to share both public and private content across di erent platforms, but there was no clear middle ground,” said Liz. One team would build separate albums for Facebook, while another would use SmugMug and Finalsite galleries, which are more private. “We couldn’t embed SmugMug galleries and Finalsite galleries were too private. This created extra work for our sta as they needed to build albums in multiple places. Vidigami saved time, streamlined work ow, and centralized all our content.”

The Solution: Slideshows

With Vidigami’s share-link feature, albums can be shared privately with authenticated memebers, while embed codes can be used to share public slideshows online.

“The ability to create highlight sets with photos from multiple albums is great. These can then be embedded to our community portal pages of the Holton- Arms website. We can also use public sets to share slideshows with people outside of our community, like photos from events with our “brother” school.”

Vidigami offers a solution that’s customizable, controllable, and makes searching a breeze for a school environment. Face and context tags that can be applied at so many levels so that managing photos is easier than ever. We love tagging!”

Liz Gouldman, Director of Digital Media and Databases

Parent Engagement at Trinity-Pawling School

What was your experience before you adopted Vidigami at Trinity-Pawling School?

Vidigami has been a game-changer for Trinity-Pawling.  Prior to Vidigami we used a combination of Google drive, our own server, or hard drives to store photos.  It was really hard to keep the photos organized and for everyone to access the photos when they needed them.  And there was no sharing in the old system unless you downloaded and emailed the photo around.

How has the workflow changed since?

Now, with Vidigami, there are about 8 of us who use it regularly—communications & marketing, archives, and advancement. Adding, organizing, and tagging photos is a team-effort, and most importantly,  we can all find photos when we need them! They are searchable by album, name, school year or any tags we apply. Best of all, we have started to get the face recognition working. And, when the photos are distributed to parents—wow, they are just thrilled!  

What’s the biggest value you see?

Vidigami saves us all a ton of time. We used to have to respond to requests from students, staff, and parents to find and send them photos. We would receive emails and drives of photos that we had to tediously download and organize. Now when we get any of those requests or emails we tell them, “we use Vidigami for all our photo management, please go there and find what you want or add the photos you have taken.”  

Are there any other tips and tricks you can share on how you use Vidigami?

Our parent engagement person uses Vidigami to distribute one-off photos to parents and as the source for photos for her weekly parent newsletter. The woman who stewards donors, uses Vidigami to find photos of the students benefiting from the scholarships and sends those to the donors regularly. We use public group sets to circulate slide shows after events, and to update content on our website.  This year, we plan to move our photo and yearbook archive into Vidigami so we can engage our alumni.

“Once your school is using Vidigami, you will never go without it.”

Judy Redder, Director of Communications

“Peace of Mind for Parents” at North Shore Country Day School

How has parent involvement changed over the last few years?

I’m a big fan of Vidigami and Picaboo Yearbooks. This is our fifth year with both products. Although Vidigami requires a commitment of time and resources to set up, it has been well worth it.

This year, more parents and faculty than ever are uploading photos and, while it’s taken five years, it has been time well spent. What’s more, the security features give us a lot of reassurance. 

What are some ways Vidigami has been helping your workflow?

I really like being able to set up groups in Vidigami for only our student yearbook team to view and access. We even have a group just for our yearbook editors so we can share photos that are only for their viewing and use. This makes it easy for them to upload class photos and individual student images into layouts.

Facial recognition is another big benefit. Our parents tag photos of their children, and we even organize tagging parties to have our yearbook editors tag photos too. Vidigami’s technology captures that facial recognition information and tags additional photos of those students. Parents love being able to easily see photos of their children! In addition, I can search by student name to find photos to use in school publications.

Vidigami has the added benefit of security features that give us and our parents peace of mind. There are so many other advantages of the program including being able to see all the photos of each child in an album, organizing by albums and sets, adding student artwork, and now video.

“I am honored to be an ambassador for Vidigami within the independent school network.”

Tura Cottingham, Director of Marketing and Communications