AI Integration & Adoption Survey

Laulima is the Hawaiian word for collaboration, cooperation, and working together.  

Over the past year, the rapid advancement of generative AI (GAI) has presented both challenges and opportunities for K-12 technology leaders. To address these developments, a survey on AI integration and adoption was conducted among my peers at nine other independent schools, both on our island and on neighboring islands. The aim was to exchange insights on our individual school's progress with AI, enabling us to collectively benefit from each other's experiences and tackle any obstacles encountered. The ultimate objective is to utilize the survey responses as a foundation for planning future steps in the ongoing integration and adoption of AI in education, ensuring we are prepared for what lies ahead.

Important takeaways of the survey included:

1. Diverse AI Use and Applications: AI is widely employed for various educational purposes, from administrative tasks to curriculum development and enhancing student engagement. Notably, AI usage is reportedly higher among students than faculty, though data verification is limited due to lack of surveys conducted.

2. Professional Development Initiatives: Schools are prioritizing professional development to help faculty adeptly incorporate AI into their teaching, with a focus on comprehensive education, hands-on training, and ethical usage.

3. Focus on Academic Integrity: Maintaining academic integrity is a key concern, leading to the creation and revision of policies for the ethical use of AI, including clear guidelines, rubrics, and disciplinary measures for misuse.

4. AI Platform Adoption: The adoption of AI tools varies, encompassing both popular platforms like ChatGPT and specialized aids like Khanmigo. While adoption stages range from pilot tests to broader usage, approvals for AI access typically come with restrictions, emphasizing a balance between embracing innovation and ensuring cautious integration.  

The survey responses from technology leaders highlighted both commonalities and variances in AI integration and adoption strategies. 

Despite not reaching a full consensus, there was a noticeable alignment in school policies on AI usage, albeit with contrasting directions for students and faculty.

Does your school have a policy for faculty use of AI?

 

Does your school have a policy for student use of AI?
Technology leaders noted that faculty employ AI for a broad range of teaching and learning activities, with a consensus that its most frequent uses are for demonstrations and administrative tasks. 
In which ways do faculty use AI?

The survey highlighted the dual nature of AI integration and adoption, presenting both prospects and hurdles. The capability of AI to customize educational experiences to meet the unique needs of each student stands out as a significant opportunity. Conversely, the rapid pace of AI advancements poses an ongoing challenge, necessitating continuous efforts to keep faculty and students well-informed.

The importance of these findings, coupled with our unique geographic setting, has motivated a consortium of K-12 technology leaders from independent schools in Hawaii to convene quarterly. These meetings are dedicated to addressing and navigating issues pertinent to AI in education leveraging the spirit of laulima.

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Posted on February 22, 2024

I think your balanced approach is what we all need: looking at both the exciting prospects, and the obvious (and not so obvious) hurdles. Thank you for sharing.

Posted on February 23, 2024

I appreciate your feedback and agree with your assessment. The perception of an additional layer of challenge - based both on our geographic location as well as the 'friendly competition'/rivalry amongst the numerous independent schools - conveyed that the summary of responses, with respect to the importance of collaboration and transparency as strategies for successful AI integration and adoption, held particular insight on our path forward.

Thanks for taking the time to review and reply. Mahalo.

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