Welcome to our AI Workbook, a powerful resource designed to equip school leaders with the knowledge and confidence needed not only to understand the inner workings of AI but also to grasp its essential role. We will help you discover how AI can streamline your tasks and elevate your role as an educational leader. What distinguishes this workbook is its interactive approach. As you progress, you’ll encounter moments to pause and reflect — think of it as having your personal mindset and skill coach.
Discover how AI works
While it feels like it came out of nowhere, AI is not a new phenomenon. Recent advances in computing power and access to large data sets have drastically influenced the pace and quality of AI products.
So how does AI work? Data scientists feed large curated data sets into AI models like ChatGPT. The AI neural network functions similarly to the human brain. However, while the brain makes connections using words and concepts, AI models are organized around statistical probability.
ChatGPT is the tool that we’re going to focus on in this resource. It is a large language model that has been trained on large data sets. Because of its conversational tone and accuracy of responses, working with ChatGPT often feels like collaborating with a person! If you want a primer on how ChatGPT can be used in lesson planning and other basic tasks, you can access our guide to Mastering ChatGPT for Lesson Planning.
A few interesting facts before you begin collaborating with AI:
- Models like ChatGPT have bias from the data sets that they are trained on.
- Models might sometimes hallucinate or make up information (facts, websites, and so on).
It’s easy to fear or avoid things we don’t understand. Now that you know a bit more about how AI functions, let’s turn towards your practice and why you should be using it as a school leader!
Unpack why AI for school leaders
If you talk to future-minded educators and leaders, we tend to have a lot in common. While the language of our mission or vision statements might vary, we can generally align behind some core beliefs:
- Future preparedness: We want to help develop the leaders of tomorrow and equip students with the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in life.
- Personalized learning: We believe in the importance of meeting students where they are by creating pathways that help our learners find their unique strengths and abilities.
- Authenticity: We think that learning should be connected to life.
- Critical thinking: We aim to develop the skills of critical and creative thinking.
- Adaptability: We want our learners to have the resilience to learn, unlearn, and relearn throughout their lives.
According to UNICEF, 65% of children in school today will work in jobs that don’t yet exist! To thrive in the workplace of the future, students will need to be equipped with AI-skills, critical thinking skills, and analytical thinking skills. If we want to prepare learners for the future, we must understand and navigate AI responsibly.We suggest that the best place to start is with you. The more you become a confident and capable AI user, the greater your efficacy will be in leading your team and navigating the change.
Uses of AI for school leaders
So, how can you use AI? The key to this question is understanding your current time use and expertise. When surveyed, leaders identified that over half of their time is spent on internal administrative tasks and curriculum and teaching tasks!
John Spencer led a keynote for school leaders and suggested seven major areas school leaders might use AI:
What’s great about ChatGPT is that you can use it both as a collaborator on passion projects, or you can delegate more mundane or less enjoyable leadership tasks! Either way, recent studies have shown that using ChatGPT helps experts like you complete tasks faster and at a higher quality than when working alone.
Tackle ten common leadership tasks with AI
Once you have decided which tasks you will work with ChatGPT to complete, we can turn our attention to effectively interacting with ChatGPT. One pivotal skill of the future is prompt generation.
Prompt is is the message you type into the chat box when you are using tools like Bard or ChatGPT. The more specific and clear your prompt is, the better the output or final project will be. Here is a simple recipe for a great prompt:
A great prompt has 2 parts:
|What voice will the Chat respond to you in? Are they:
a coach or mentor
an expert in a field
|What do you want the chat to make or do for you?
write an email
develop a budget
help you resolve a conflict
For example: You are an expert at conflict resolution. You are working with a school leader. The conflict revolves around a grade level team that is not happy about a new school initiative to begin PLCS. Ask the leader one question at a time to coach them through solving this problem with their team.
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