Norwin Leads: Insights from the Superintendent
As we embark on this new academic year, I am excited to introduce the "Norwin Leads: Insights from the Superintendent," a space where I will share my thoughts, insights, and reflections on various educational topics throughout the school year that are relevant to the Norwin community. If you want to stay up to date with my posts, you can click the "subscribe" button on this page in order to have an email sent to you each time a new update is posted.
Our school district is not just an educational institution; it is a community of dedicated educators, engaged parents, and bright young minds poised for greatness. It is my hope that this space will serve as a platform to encourage open communication, foster transparency, and promote a sense of unity within the Norwin community.
The cornerstone of our educational journey will be a commitment to excellence, innovation, and, above all, the well-being and success of our students. In the Norwin Leads space, you can expect to find posts on educational strategies, insights into our district's initiatives, updates on our progress, and stories of success from our students and staff.
I believe that by coming together as a community, we can unlock the full potential of our schools and provide our students with the world-class education they deserve.
Dr. Jeff Taylor,
Norwin School District
12-6-2023: Navigating Conversations on AI with Students: Benefits, Risks, and Discussion Strategies
open and informed discussions about emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). In
this post, I will share a few benefits and risks associated with using AI tools, such as ChatGPT,
and discuss strategies for educators and parents to engage children in thoughtful
Benefits of AI Tools:
Parents and teachers may find several benefits of using AI tools that may enhance the education of children.
First, AI tools can provide personalized learning experiences to support the individual instructional needs of all students. Parents and teachers may wish to discuss how AI can offer additional support for students to grasp challenging concepts at their own pace. For example, a parent wishing to help his/her elementary-aged child with math homework could provide the following prompt using ChatGPT.
ChatGPT Prompt: “I am a parent helping my daughter with her 5th grade math homework on adding fractions. Provide an explanation and two examples for why this topic is relevant in the real world.”
ChatGPT will then provide a relevant response that a parent (or teacher) can use to explain this topic at an age-appropriate level. Click here to review a sample response to the ChatGPT prompt above.
A second benefit of using AI tools is that they introduce students to cutting-edge technologies, preparing them for the future workforce. As a discussion strategy, a parent or teacher could encourage curiosity by discussing the exciting possibilities AI presents in careers and everyday life ~ sparking interest in STEM fields and technology.
The theme of balancing the benefits and risks of anything in life is important for children to know and understand. Although there are benefits, students should also be aware of the risks associated with using AI tools as well. Risks such as privacy concerns and an over-reliance on technology.
Many AI tools may collect and store data on users, which may raise privacy concerns. When talking with children about AI, one could emphasize the importance of privacy and explain how responsible AI use involves safeguarding personal information.
For additional information on AI tools for parents and teachers, please find below a few helpful links to articles and videos from Common Sense Media:
- What is ChatGPT?
- Guide to ChatGPT for Parents and Caregivers
- Helping Kids Navigate the World of Artificial Intelligence, Common Sense Media
In conclusion, the Norwin School District is committed to preparing our students to be college and career-ready. By investing in innovation and focusing on the future of our students, we can partner with families to engage children in conversations about AI tools. In our discussions, we can highlight the benefits, address the risks, and foster a mindset of responsible and ethical use of AI. By promoting critical thinking and open communication, we can empower our students to navigate the digital landscape with confidence and understanding.
9-25-2023 Innovation in Education: Strategies for Success
September 25, 2023
Dr. Jeff Taylor, Superintendent
9-19-2023: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in the Norwin School District
Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in the Norwin School District
September 19. 2023
Dr. Jeff Taylor, Superintendent
With the start of the 2023-2024 school year, I was excited to kick off the academic year with a powerful theme: "Inspire Innovation." Throughout this year, I will periodically share my thoughts with you on the importance of inspiring innovation in schools. In this first message, I will explore the importance of cultivating a culture of innovation in the Norwin School District.
Innovation is the driving force behind progress and success in the 21st century. It is what fuels advancements in technology, science, and every aspect of our rapidly changing world. By fostering a culture of innovation in our schools, we are preparing our students not just for today's challenges but for those they will encounter in the future.
We must prepare students for their future and not our past. The world is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Jobs and industries are transforming, and our students need to be adaptable and creative thinkers to thrive in this environment. By nurturing innovation, we equip them with the skills and mindset needed to face the unknown challenges that the future holds.
Innovation is closely tied to problem-solving. Encouraging students to think critically and find creative solutions to real-world issues empowers them to make a positive impact on their communities and the world.
Throughout the 2023-2024 school year, I will share practical strategies and stories from our district on how we are inspiring innovation in our classrooms. Together, we can make this school year a transformative experience for our students, helping them develop the skills and mindset they need to excel into their future and to be college and career ready.