If you’re reading this blog, I know that you like simple, practical advice to enhance your school’s communication efforts. So today, that’s exactly what you’re getting!
In my last two blogs, I dove into generative AI and how you can leverage it in your role to increase creativity and productivity. First, I shared the basics of ChatGPT, and I challenged you to just start spending 30 minutes a week, this summer, playing around with it. Next, I provided some do’s and don’ts when you are using the tool.
Now, get ready to be inspired with some prompt ideas specifically for you – a hard-working, time-strapped, creative school communicator! I usually focus only on social media, but because I know your role is much more than “just” posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I thought I’d provide some prompts to help you in more areas of your job.
As you read through these, keep in mind that you will always have to refine them for your project goals. These are designed to inspire you and give you a feel for the best way to craft effective prompts for ChatGPT!
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- Draft 10 compelling email subject line options for an email that contains back-to-school information for [school name]. The audience is [grade level] parents and families.
- Write a 1-minute script for a social media video that invites the community to attend our middle school musical, The Sound of Music. The tone should be upbeat, excited, and fun. Write in first person “we.”
- Write a short, fun, and interactive social media question that encourages meaningful engagement on our school’s Facebook page.
- Brainstorm 10 Instagram Reels video ideas. Give me ideas that will appeal to [audience].
- Create a fact-based holding statement that addresses a school lockdown for someone suspicious in the area.
- List 10 important photos that we should have on our school website. Our audience is [describe].
- Write a press release for [school name] about our upcoming event – [add the who, what, where, and when details]. Use our school tagline, “[tagline]” within the text. Use this quote from [name], our [title]: “[quote]” The word count of this press release should be 300-350 words. The purpose is to drive traffic to our website and encourage reporters to attend. Provide the output in Associated Press style.
- Rephrase the following copy: “[insert a social media post you did before, something from your swipe file, etc.]” The tone should be [describe].
- Make the following copy more creative and add a call to action for social media: “[insert your copy]”
- Simplify the following copy so it makes sense at a fourth-grade reading level: “[insert your copy]”
- List 10 ideas for getting more engagement on our school’s Facebook page that don’t require running ads.
- Create a 5-6 sentence social media post in first person “we” that promotes upcoming elementary school parent-teacher conferences and highlights the importance of parent/guardian involvement in a child’s education. The date and time are [list].
- Give me 10 ideas for a social media campaign aimed at increasing high school student engagement in extracurricular activities.
- Provide a list of key talking points for a middle school principal’s speech at a school assembly, addressing the importance of kindness and inclusion.
- Create a creative Instagram caption in first person “we” for a photo that showcases a classroom science experiment. The caption should inspire curiosity and interest in science and include a pun related to science.
- Here is our school mission statement: “[mission statement].” Give me 10 social media post ideas that we could create that highlight aspects of the mission statement.
- Draft 10 ideas for an attention-grabbing headline for a poster promoting a school-wide recycling initiative
- Outline a blog post about [topic] and include the following H1 and H2 keywords: [list].
- Using this outline of a blog post, write the first draft of a 500-word blog post in first person “we” about [topic]. Our audience is [describe] and our goal is to [describe]. Include a call to action regarding [describe].
- Create a 1-paragraph summary of this superintendent video that we can include in our email newsletter and on social media. The goal should be to compel people to watch the full video. Here is the video script: “[insert script – if it’s very long, paste a key portion or just the outline]”
- Write a social media post that encourages parents to volunteer for an upcoming event at their child’s school. Make it engaging and informative and include emojis. Here are the details: “[add the who, what, where, and when details].”
- Create a catchy tagline for our school’s annual talent show. The tagline should capture the excitement and be a little bit funny. Give me 10 ideas. Each tagline should be no more than [number] words.
- Write a 30-second audio script in third person for a radio ad to promote our school’s open house event. The tone should be persuasive, informative, and inviting. Include these key details: “[insert]”
- Give me 10 ideas for a short message that will go on our school’s outdoor digital sign. The message should welcome students back from vacation and set a positive tone for the new school year. Each idea should be no more than [number] words.
- Here is the bio of our new school principal: “[bio].” Turn this into an upbeat social media post that welcomes [name] to our school and highlights their key achievements.
- Write me an educational grant requesting [dollar amount] for video equipment to enhance our storytelling efforts via digital media.
- If ChatGPT gave you a response that is too wordy, simply ask it to “make it shorter” and it will regenerate a shorter response.
- If you asked ChatGPT to give you a list of ideas and none are hitting the mark, give it some specific feedback or simply ask it to “generate [number] more ideas.”
- Be careful when asking ChatGPT to do research on current trends. As I’m writing this in July 2023, ChatGPT doesn’t have access to information prior to 2021. Other AI tools may have access to current internet searches.
- ChatGPT currently allows 2,048 characters in its response (about 400-500 words) so if you have a long piece of content that you need written, try breaking it into smaller chunks of work.
As you refine your skills with ChatGPT, it’s going to become a powerful tool to enhance your efficiency and effectiveness as a school communicator.
Remember: Don’t be afraid of this new technology. It is not going to replace your job, your creativity, or your value. You are an incredible resource for your school community, and I can’t wait to see how you grow!